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Tuesday May 26th, 2015 3:52AM

15 artists to take week long residency in Gaineville

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Arts Council, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, North Georgia Community Foundation and Georgia Council for the Arts are joining forces to bring to Gainesville Atlanta's "most acclaimed emerging" public art organizations, Living Walls and gloATL, for a week long residency, this month.

The purpose of this traveling residency will encompass the goals of employing public art to revitalize communities and public spaces - to make art a part of daily existence and to show Georgia as a visionary place. Living Walls and gloATL are on a six-city tour throughout the state.

Week-long events in the Gainesville/Hall area will center on the production of dance and mural art in public spaces, and will include a permanent public mural, contemporary performances (public and in local schools), lectures/workshops and master classes.

With Gainesville having hosted the 1996 Olympic flat water canoe and kayak races, Gladys Wyant (Arts Council Executive Director), Amanda McClure (Quinlan Visual Arts Center Executive Director) and Jim Mathis (President/CEO of North Georgia Community Foundation) hope to re-energize the our community resources into reinvesting in the Gainesville Hall '96 Olympic Venue and the arts.

"Our community is banding together, as it did during the 1996 Olympics, to put Gainesville/Hall County once again on the consciousness of the state," Wyant said. "We are blessed by way of location and weather but most importantly by the presence of many organizations and individuals who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all residents. This residency aims at collective introspection and self-searching through the arts, though not in a garish way like a hall of mirrors. It encourages a broader collaboration and wider conversation bringing people of our community together."

For more information call The Arts Council at 770-534-2787. Constant updates will be found on The Arts Council's and Quinlan's Facebook Pages.

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