Flux Projects Over Time
Founded in 2009 when Atlanta’s arts community was suffering from the recession, Flux Projects was established to bring opportunities to artists, broaden the audience for the arts, and make Atlanta a more creative city in which to live. The vision was to present temporary projects in public spaces around the city, free for all to experience.
Since our first project in February 2010, Flux Projects has commissioned 136 public art projects, presented work across Metro Atlanta, engaged nearly 700 artists, and reached over 500,000 people. From innovative multimedia and experimental sound art to compelling video and immersive performances, Flux Projects has activated Atlanta’s shared public spaces and transformed the experience of contemporary art in our city.
In our first two years we experimented broadly and became known for the popular one-night public art celebration Flux Night. With multiple projects and an audience that grew to over 20,000, this event filled the streets and empty spaces of the Castleberry Hill neighborhood with projections, performance, music, dance, sound, and light installations. Flux Night successfully demonstrated the power of creativity to transform a neighborhood and the public’s interaction with art while attracting a diverse audience from all walks of life.
Transcending traditional venues by placing art in parks, neighborhoods, historic buildings, and other surprising places, our 2012 strategic plan focused efforts on producing projects with scale, duration, and visibility. This led to the 2015 commission of world-renowned artist Nick Cave to create the powerful premier performance of Up Right, and a partnership with Creative Times’s Chief Curator Nato Thomson to curate a site-specific art exhibition in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District.
Since 2015, Flux Projects has continued to develop a reputation for producing large-scaled, ambitious projects that raise the bar for the arts in Atlanta. Highlights include: A collection of projects in Grant Park that gave voice to its storied history and ecosystem while inviting appreciation of its natural beauty (2018); An event dedicated to sound art with interactive, immersive projects that explored historic Ponce City Market (2019); A multi-year project with Charmaine Minniefield that celebrated the African American tradition of the Ring Shout through a virtual dance performance, a global spoken word cypher, and a multimedia installation featuring a Praise House in Oakland Cemetery’s African American Burial Grounds (2020, 2021); And the presentation of the world premiere of FIELD by the acclaimed vertical dance company Bandaloop, which was performed on the façade of a building overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine accompanied by live music and spoken word (2021).
To expand the conversation around public art and strengthen Atlanta’s creative culture, Flux Projects also integrates dynamic programming that includes podcasts, films, and lectures with acclaimed visiting artists and curators.
At its core, Flux Projects believes art has the ability to open minds, spark innovation, foster empathy, and inspire humanity. As spaces for transformation, our projects disrupt the everyday to inspire wonder and imagination. They support artists to take risks and grow their practices. They transform the places in which they are situated, creating communal spaces for people of all walks of life. And they bring a location’s past, present, and future into conversation in ways that open our eyes to new possibilities.