March 13, 2017

 

Mayor Kasim Reed

55 Trinity Avenue SW, #2400

Atlanta, GA  30303

 

Dear Mayor Reed:

 

Thank you for your commitment to the arts. Your support of a sustained funding model for the arts in our city is encouraging, and we want to ensure that the model provides for an equitable distribution of those funds. We – as a cohort of arts leaders – have prepared a proposal for the distribution of funds to be generated by a “fractional tax” for the arts and culture in Atlanta. We believe this proposal reflects your vision to support Atlanta’s small and mid-sized organizations in addition to our larger institutions.

 

In drafting this model, we researched various models around the country of dedicated tax funding streams for arts and culture, including Denver, CO, Houston, TX, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC. The below proposed funding structure has been modeled similarly and includes recommended eligibility requirements, fiscal management, fund administration and governance, and funding tiers. Our modifications to other funding distribution models represent distinctions necessary to ensure the rich diversity of Atlanta’s arts ecology. To best support your vision and legacy regarding this legislation, it is of the utmost importance that this new funding mechanism serves the citizens of Atlanta with sensitivity to structural inequities and implicit bias in traditional funding models from the outset.

 

As you stated at this year’s State of the City address, “Organizations like the Woodruff Arts Center are thriving, but our small and medium-sized groups, our young and emerging artists, need additional support. We need to give back to the creative community that gives so much to our city.” We champion a proposed structure that advances the City of Atlanta as well as mirrors your vision to establish a critical lifeline of support to a thriving, sustainable creative community.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Acosta, Soul Food Cypher                          Audrey Gámez, C4 Atlanta

Saskia Benjamin, Art Papers                              Courtney Hammond, Dashboard US

Robin Bernat, Poem 88                                       Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta

Jessica Caldas                                                         Heather Infantry, Moving in the Spirit

Monica Campana, Living Walls                            Veronica Kessenich, Atlanta Contemporary

Richard Carvlin, glo                                                 Beth Malone, Dashboard US

Anne Archer Dennington, Flux Projects               Amy Miller, Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Laura Flusche, MODA                                          Priscilla Smith, Priscilla Smith Productions

Myrna Fuller, Hammonds House Museum 

For a PDF version of the letter and full details of the proposed distribution model, please visit: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-YK_acQwRImZ0RRa25aRjJ1TzQ

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTERS:

Timestamp

Your Full Name

Organization Name

3/13/2017 01:23:13 PM

Chelsea Steverson

C4 Atlanta

3/14/2017 01:40:32 PM

Haylee Anne Fucini-Lenkey

3/14/2017 02:08:01 PM

Sarah Alison Hodges

Critical Crop Top Media, LLC

3/14/2017 02:18:30 PM

Dr. Philip J. Rogers

Adagio Productions, Inc.

3/14/2017 02:19:08 PM

Joe Winter

3/14/2017 02:32:17 PM

Corey Bradberry

3/14/2017 02:37:24 PM

Mack Headrick

7 Stages

3/14/2017 02:43:34 PM

Matthew Blidgett

Needle in a Haystack

3/14/2017 02:44:27 PM

Shannon Evans

Studio No. 7

3/14/2017 02:44:59 PM

Sherrie Lynn Hauser-Simmons

Arts Education/STEAM Advocate

3/14/2017 02:46:19 PM

Joseph Dreher

3/14/2017 02:46:26 PM

Charmaine Minniefield

The New Freedom Project

3/14/2017 02:47:03 PM

Tamara Harper

Tam Tunes

3/14/2017 02:59:24 PM

Amber Singleton

Amber Singleton Art

3/14/2017 03:02:38 PM

Miriam Robinson

3/14/2017 03:05:32 PM

Caroline Huftalen

7 Stages

3/14/2017 03:11:16 PM

Sara Gregory

MakeShift Circus Collective

3/14/2017 03:16:12 PM

Erin Green

3/14/2017 03:20:55 PM

Deborah Landry

Engaging Arts

3/14/2017 03:32:54 PM

Tasha Tavaras

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

3/14/2017 03:32:57 PM

Jacob Gunter

Twin Radius

3/14/2017 03:40:56 PM

Rusty Wallace

3/14/2017 03:47:05 PM

Elisa Coker

Flux Projects

3/14/2017 03:49:35 PM

Adam Coker

Art Papers

3/14/2017 04:02:47 PM

Klimchak

3/14/2017 04:03:40 PM

Marcia Wood

Marcia Wood Gallery

3/14/2017 04:19:43 PM

Claire Emily Christie

3/14/2017 04:22:22 PM

Rachel Parish

3/14/2017 04:48:49 PM

Peter Hardy

The Essential Theatre

3/14/2017 04:50:52 PM

Maggie Benoit

Atlanta Contemproary

3/14/2017 04:53:52 PM

Bill Gignilliat

ArtsGeorgia, Inc.

3/14/2017 05:09:09 PM

Linda Boston

Performing & Literary Artist / Founder PEER Inc

3/14/2017 05:09:59 PM

Erica Jamison

MINT

3/14/2017 05:10:08 PM

Arthur Morris

STOMP Ministries

3/14/2017 05:12:12 PM

Meredith Kooi

ALTERED MEANS

3/14/2017 05:12:30 PM

Roxane Hollosi

3/14/2017 05:12:26 PM

Paige Heurtin

3/14/2017 05:15:44 PM

Adam Fristoe

Out of Hand Theater

3/14/2017 05:21:41 PM

Carlton Turner

Alternate ROOTS

3/14/2017 05:27:00 PM

Brett Oliver

Flux Projects

3/14/2017 05:32:19 PM

Pamela Turner

multiShades.atlanta

3/14/2017 05:44:24 PM

Jamie Badoud

The Hambidge Center

3/14/2017 05:45:58 PM

Quianah Upton

Arbitrary Living

3/14/2017 05:47:28 PM

Nena Gilreath

Ballethnic Dance Company

3/14/2017 05:50:53 PM

Danielle Deadwyler

3/14/2017 05:52:09 PM

Kristy Hammam

3/14/2017 06:11:27 PM

Stephanie Kong

WonderRoot & the Humble Telescopes

3/14/2017 06:15:11 PM

Teresa Sanson

ArtistTJ

3/14/2017 06:34:50 PM

Michael Greer O'Shea

C4 Atlanta

3/14/2017 06:37:54 PM

Maggie Davis

Goat Farm Art Center

3/14/2017 07:06:32 PM

David Cohen

3/14/2017 07:07:46 PM

Daniel Flores

Art Is King

3/14/2017 07:57:34 PM

Tabby Molapo

3/14/2017 09:15:00 PM

Mike Walbert

A3C

3/14/2017 09:23:02 PM

Susan Bridges

Whitespace

3/14/2017 09:34:17 PM

Malika Whitley

ChopArt

3/14/2017 09:50:58 PM

Tiffany Latrice

TILA Studios, LLC.

3/14/2017 10:21:30 PM

Tash Nikol Smith

Murmur Media

3/14/2017 11:07:24 PM

Crystal Desai

3/14/2017 11:25:39 PM

Shannon M. Turner

StoryMuse

3/15/2017 12:35:22 AM

David R. Wilkes

3/15/2017 12:59:24 AM

Hellenne Vermillion

Artist

3/15/2017 02:13:03 AM

Sue Schroeder

Core Dance

3/15/2017 02:16:07 AM

Elizabeth Strickler

3/15/2017 04:05:43 AM

Neda Abghari

The Creatives Project (TCP)

3/15/2017 07:14:57 AM

Tori Price

Luna Leigh Arts

3/15/2017 07:16:34 AM

Jessica Miller

BURNAWAY

3/15/2017 08:15:58 AM

Orion Crook

OrionPsychotherapy.org

3/15/2017 08:32:40 AM

Douglas Scott

Full Radius Dance

3/15/2017 09:00:10 AM

Annette Cone-Skelton

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

3/15/2017 09:01:49 AM

Adam Wagner

Ernest G Welch School of Art & Design

3/15/2017 09:07:09 AM

Michael Haverty

7 Stages Theatre

3/15/2017 09:32:07 AM

Matt Arnett

3/15/2017 10:03:25 AM

Nirvana Kelly

Georgia Artists for Progress

3/15/2017 10:25:26 AM

 Stacey Petterson

3/15/2017 10:27:49 AM

Lisa Shinault

3/15/2017 10:41:07 AM

keith nabb

3/15/2017 11:19:00 AM

Melonie Tharpe

3/15/2017 11:24:55 AM

Laura Flusche

Museum of Design Atlanta

3/15/2017 11:26:06 AM

Margo Moskowitz

3/15/2017 11:26:28 AM

Nathan Sharratt

3/15/2017 11:27:34 AM

Amber Bradshaw

Working Title Playwrights

3/15/2017 11:31:14 AM

Daryl Lisa Fazio

3/15/2017 11:33:44 AM

Clare Callahan

Spruill Center for the Arts

3/15/2017 11:34:51 AM

Cara Gilbert

Cara Gilbert Ceramics

3/15/2017 11:46:05 AM

Nedra Pezold Roberts

Working Title Playwrights

3/15/2017 11:49:47 AM

Liz Lyons

3/15/2017 11:55:54 AM

Brandon Barr

weloveatl

3/15/2017 12:00:28 PM

Chelsea Steverson

C4 Atlanta

3/15/2017 12:11:39 PM

Chelsea Steverson

C4 Atlanta

3/15/2017 12:31:18 PM

Edwin M. White

3/15/2017 12:33:39 PM

octavis westwood p anderson

Defend Atlanta

3/15/2017 12:52:10 PM

Elisa Clayton

Working Title Playwrights

3/15/2017 12:52:52 PM

Suzanne S. Mercer

Atlanta Shakespeare Company

3/15/2017 01:07:47 PM

Nathaniel N. Ndukuba

Studio 219 Atlanta, LLC

3/15/2017 01:15:44 PM

Jennifer Field

3/15/2017 01:16:14 PM

Penny Mickelbury

Playwright, novelist, journalist

3/15/2017 01:20:58 PM

Adia Davina Reid

3/15/2017 01:22:33 PM

Shay vaughn

3/15/2017 01:23:38 PM

Alijah Hurley

All Black Congress

3/15/2017 01:25:12 PM

KeAnne Wright

3/15/2017 01:28:22 PM

Thomas Swanston

StudioSwan Llc

3/15/2017 01:28:25 PM

Christopher jackson

Y0$#! (Yoshi) crew

3/15/2017 01:29:21 PM

Gail Foster

StudioSwan Llc

3/15/2017 01:37:07 PM

Rodney Fowlkes jr.

3/15/2017 01:54:34 PM

Nigel mentore

3/15/2017 01:54:52 PM

Michael A Smith

3/15/2017 01:55:23 PM

Ayana Moore

BAP

3/15/2017 02:02:15 PM

William Cash

787 Windsor

3/15/2017 02:03:32 PM

Jason williams

The DBSC

3/15/2017 02:04:31 PM

Michael David Murphy

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

3/15/2017 02:06:47 PM

Genesis Lewis

3/15/2017 02:19:03 PM

Ann-Carol Pence

Aurora Theatre

3/15/2017 02:21:06 PM

Meryl Manfre Clark

3/15/2017 02:25:36 PM

John Waymire

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

3/15/2017 02:32:22 PM

Kat Smith

3/15/2017 02:38:21 PM

Matt Lewis

Aurora Theatre

3/15/2017 02:38:41 PM

Kathy Janich

Artistic associate, Synchronicity Theatre

3/15/2017 02:42:38 PM

Kimberly Staples

3/15/2017 02:55:30 PM

Benjamin Davis

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival

3/15/2017 03:02:28 PM

Kimberly Townsend

Alliance Theatre

3/15/2017 03:05:06 PM

Judy Morgan

3/15/2017 03:10:49 PM

Laura Cole

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company

3/15/2017 03:13:18 PM

Melissa Messina

Flux Projects

3/15/2017 03:14:36 PM

Jasmine Renee Ellis

3/15/2017 03:22:41 PM

Darlene White

Cupcakes & Canvases

3/15/2017 03:22:54 PM

Julianna Jones

3/15/2017 03:41:26 PM

Kadeja Barber

3/15/2017 04:31:29 PM

Harriet Davidow

3/15/2017 04:36:17 PM

Paul Conroy

Out Front Theatre Company

3/15/2017 05:10:57 PM

Sharon Blackwood

Film, Television and Theatre Actor

3/15/2017 05:15:11 PM

K. Wilcox

3/15/2017 05:16:53 PM

Jenni McCarthy

3/15/2017 05:23:08 PM

Clare Timmerman

MODA

3/15/2017 05:40:56 PM

Bailey Shaw

3/15/2017 05:54:31 PM

Caroline Driebe

3/15/2017 06:10:31 PM

Stu Lipkin

3/15/2017 06:16:01 PM

Luis R. Hernandez

Performing Artist

3/15/2017 06:26:20 PM

Anne Lambert Tracht

ConsultArt, Inc.

3/15/2017 06:30:39 PM

Marci Adilman

3/15/2017 06:39:10 PM

Elizabeth Lide

3/15/2017 06:41:56 PM

Paul Kayhart

3/15/2017 06:45:23 PM

Margaret Wyatt

3/15/2017 06:58:58 PM

Dustin James Brown

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

3/15/2017 07:18:26 PM

Lauren Peterson

Artist, Doppler Projects

3/15/2017 07:52:56 PM

Holly Stilo

3/15/2017 08:11:10 PM

Art Vandenberg

Artist

3/15/2017 08:19:50 PM

Renita James

Aurora Theatre

3/15/2017 08:25:56 PM

Alexandra Helton

3/15/2017 08:57:24 PM

Rose Alexander

3/15/2017 09:42:34 PM

Lisa Angertmorris Morri

3/15/2017 09:50:39 PM

David Hamilton

Architecture and Design Center

3/15/2017 09:58:18 PM

Aja Kahti

Naked Wanderlust

3/15/2017 10:00:58 PM

anthony smith

Studio 219

3/15/2017 10:25:54 PM

Beverly Trader Austin

Working TItle Playwrights

3/15/2017 11:28:48 PM

Natasha Patel

3/15/2017 11:35:34 PM

Christopher case

3/16/2017 12:28:11 AM

Mercedes Ramos- Tchanga

3/16/2017 12:27:10 AM

Keana Watson

Geisha Atl

3/16/2017 12:50:07 AM

Steven L. Anderson

Day & Night Projects

3/16/2017 01:36:28 AM

Chris McCord

Moving in the Spirit

3/16/2017 01:51:52 AM

Cory Phelps

Up the Hill Productions

3/16/2017 05:29:35 AM

Bryan Montemayor

3/16/2017 08:24:53 AM

Leatrice Ellzy

3/16/2017 08:26:21 AM

John Harper

3/16/2017 08:46:45 AM

Laura Moody

Peach State Collective

3/16/2017 08:56:32 AM

Thomas Fowlkes

Horizon Theatre

3/16/2017 09:16:25 AM

Mary Anne Mitchell

artist

3/16/2017 09:28:36 AM

Julian Boehm Mohr, Jr.

Momar, Inc.

3/16/2017 09:43:03 AM

Kristen Silton

Actor's Express

3/16/2017 09:48:49 AM

Sarah T. Davis

3/16/2017 10:03:11 AM

Brian Wallenberg

Atlanta Ballet

3/16/2017 10:36:00 AM

David Elsea

3/16/2017 10:48:32 AM

Lauren Pallotta Stumberg

Artist, Think Greatly

3/16/2017 10:56:29 AM

Tori Tinsley

3/16/2017 10:56:56 AM

Cyprus Pyre Meraz

3/16/2017 11:00:16 AM

Amy L. Ashbaugh

3/16/2017 11:04:02 AM

Shana Robbind

3/16/2017 11:20:23 AM

Estela Semeco

Artist

3/16/2017 11:30:39 AM

Angela Bennett

Roots Productions

3/16/2017 11:33:15 AM

Shelly Curson

3/16/2017 11:54:53 AM

Stephanie Raborn

3/16/2017 12:09:45 PM

Lynda B. Courts

3/16/2017 12:09:52 PM

Patricia Lacrete

3/16/2017 12:11:34 PM

Yoon Nam

3/16/2017 12:15:27 PM

Dean Velez

Sprocket Creative

3/16/2017 12:17:09 PM

Sydney Willard

3/16/2017 12:21:30 PM

Kristina Brown

glo

3/16/2017 12:38:10 PM

Shannon Willow

Shannon Willow Art, LLC

3/16/2017 12:59:24 PM

Robert Egizio

Stage Door Players

3/16/2017 02:29:42 PM

Louise E. Shaw

3/16/2017 02:38:23 PM

Sophia Gallagher

Solidarity Economy ATL

3/16/2017 02:41:10 PM

Elizabeth Jarrett

Deer Bear Wolf; Downtown Players Club

3/16/2017 02:56:35 PM

Eric Shen

Georgia Tech

3/16/2017 04:19:40 PM

Nolan Martin

3/16/2017 04:21:40 PM

Savonna Atkins

3/16/2017 04:48:02 PM

Lisa Adler

Horizon Theatre Company

3/16/2017 07:19:14 PM

Natalia Montoya

3/16/2017 07:26:51 PM

Angela Harris

Dance Canvas

3/16/2017 08:24:40 PM

Stephanie Cash

Burnaway

3/16/2017 08:42:12 PM

Nicholas Adams

3/17/2017 09:02:03 AM

Katelyn King

 

3/17/2017 09:25:57 AM

Samuel King

3/17/2017 09:32:50 AM

Judy Winograd

Atlanta Printmakers Studio

3/17/2017 10:19:07 AM

Lauren Reynolds

3/17/2017 11:20:06 AM

Dottie Freeman

3/17/2017 12:07:14 PM

Tash Nikol Smith

Murmur media

3/17/2017 01:54:52 PM

Elizabeth Lang

Between the Evergreens

3/17/2017 02:12:11 PM

Astrid Maurer-Evans

3/18/2017 09:31:56 AM

Meghan Smithgall

Georgia Institute of Technology

3/18/2017 02:19:46 PM

Dawn Martin

3/18/2017 03:01:51 PM

Jolynn Sockwell

gloATL

3/19/2017 11:11:41 AM

Travis S. Taylor

wanderlust ATLANTA

3/19/2017 06:56:43 PM

Kate Balzer

3/19/2017 08:25:56 PM

Shanequa Gay

The Fair Game Project

3/21/2017 01:54:21 PM

Rachel May

Synchronicity Theatre

3/23/2017 11:30:08 AM

Katie Sharrard

3/23/2017 02:55:55 PM

Rebekka Kuntschik

3/23/2017 03:14:20 PM

Claudia McDavid

3/27/2017 07:36:45 PM

penny jackson

3/29/2017 09:43:39 PM

Elizabeth Anderson

3/30/2017 08:45:04 AM

Sean Nguyen-Hilton

Fly on a Wall

3/30/2017 03:28:48 PM

Robert Williams , Maui Max

3/30/2017 03:33:18 PM

Lawrence Mitchell

The Chozen

3/30/2017 04:06:26 PM

Skyford Hyland

D.O.O.R.W.A.Y.S.

3/31/2017 05:18:16 PM

Dr. Philip J. Rogers

Adagio Productions, Inc.

3/31/2017 09:28:19 PM

Reneé Jackson

4/4/2017 07:47:00 PM

Jennifer Lingvall