For three months this spring, with the support of presenting sponsors, Colony Square, PNC, and SKYY Vodka, The Hambidge Center will re-imagine Atlanta’s bustling city center into a creative enclave of working studios, installations and experimental projects. With a major renovation planned later in the year, Colony Square, at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, has partnered with the Hambidge Center to provide inspired artists and thinkers a unique opportunity to explore and share their work.
Hambidge aims to bring our unique communal cross-pollination experience to seven (now twelve) collaborative teams providing them with their own studio/project space along with access to a living room lounge (Rock House midtown).
Open to collaborative teams, organizations, curators, individuals, and any combination thereof, each Project was selected from a jurored open call for proposals where groups were encouraged to experiment, and also to interact with the public in various ways both inside and outside, such as offering a workshop, creating a pop-up art installation, or staging an interactive performance. Each project will be paid a $1,000 stipend and will be included in a variety of promotional outreach.
At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is at the heart of Atlanta and just across from the High Museum and Woodruff Arts Center. Available spaces vary widely, from a 12,000 sq. ft. former work-out gym, to an 855 sq. ft. former barber shop, as well as former restaurants, yoga studios, etc. The spaces open up to the food court/atrium, which welcomes three thousand lunch-goers each day.
Twelve artist teams were selected from a pool of 62 candidates. Initial plans to choose seven artist teams were reconsidered once the panel reviewed the incredible number of outstanding applications.
The Hambidge Center and Colony Square today announced plans to reimagine Midtown Atlanta’s bustling core into the city’s largest creative enclave of working art studios, installations and experimental projects open to the public. Dubbed the Creative Hive, the unique project will take place at Colony Square beginning in March, and provide inspired artists and thinkers an opportunity to explore and share their work with the public.
“Oftentimes artist enclaves exist on the city’s edges and are difficult for the public to access,” said Carla Toro, director of marketing at Colony Square. “The Creative Hive at Colony Square offers artists an accessible place to host their project, as well as the freedom to imagine and create pieces for the public to experience. This is about giving artists a stage in the heart of Atlanta, and we can’t wait to see what comes of it.”
The Creative Hive will offer communal cross-pollination experiences to seven collaborative artists, providing them with their own studio and/or project space along with access to a living room lounge.
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