Flux Projects’s mission is to commission public art that invites audiences in Atlanta to explore the city’s sites and stories as a means to imagining its future possibilities.
For 13 years Flux Projects has connected community through public art, expanded arts accessibility to diverse audiences, presented exceptional artists, and transformed the experience of public space in Atlanta for thousands of people. Founded in 2009, when Atlanta’s arts community was suffering from the recession, Flux Projects was created to bring opportunities to artists, broaden the audience for the arts, and make Atlanta a more creative city in which to live. Since our first project in 2010, Flux Projects has presented 134 projects engaging nearly 700 artists, all free and open to the public.
Our projects are spaces for transformation. They disrupt the everyday and inspire imagination, wonder, and awe. 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 bringing a location’s past, present, and future into conversation in ways that open our eyes to new possibilities.
Flux Projects has developed a reputation for producing large-scaled, ambitious projects that raise the bar for the arts in Atlanta. In addition to public art projects and events, we present programming to support the development of a robust art scene that is widely recognized and central to the city’s identity.
With all we do our work is guided by four core principles:
- We invest in Art for Art’s Sake, believing that art has the ability to open minds, spark innovation, foster empathy, and inspire humanity.
- We create Transformative Experiences that help us transcend boundaries and find novel ways to experience our city and each other.
- We serve as a Creative Glue that connects: people through shared experiences in public spaces, the arts community through collaborations, and Atlanta artists to new opportunities.
- We Shape Atlanta and how it is viewed by letting artists tell its story and cultivate its identity locally and globally.
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.
Board of Directors
Matthew Travis Tanner
U.S. Department of Justice
Rebecca Dimling Cochran
James Pulliam, III
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