The ArtLot in Avondale
Avondale’s Pop Up Art Park, First of Its Kind in Georgia
The Avondale Arts Alliance, in collaboration with the City of Avondale Estates, has developed a pop up art park called The ArtLot. The temporary park was completed in August, 2016 and has showcased art installations and live painting events by local artists, music performances and pop-up art events.
Built on a blighted lot in the city’s downtown, The ArtLot aims to revitalize the downtown area, attract new visitors to the city, and highlight the area’s vibrant arts community. Developed and built by an all-volunteer committee, The ArtLot encourages neighbors, schools and the community to participate and contribute over time to organically add art and engagement to the space.
Jen Singh, president of the Avondale Arts Alliance, explained, “The ArtLot project aligns perfectly with the Arts Alliance’s goals to engage, enrich and support the Avondale arts community.”
The pop up park also encourages walkability, and is designed to be a gathering place where visitors can explore a creative experience that includes sculpture, visual art and a performance space. Visitors may drink coffee or work in the park while admiring the installations, or meet friends before walking to one of the many Avondale restaurants. Ample lot parking is available in the rear of the park for those visiting from out of the area.
The ArtLot is located at 70 North Avondale Road near the landmark Tudor Village. The space is sited for development, but until then, the park will act as a beacon of sorts to the downtown district in hopes of exposing new people to the area.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the City of Avondale Estates have made financial commitments to The ArtLot. This is an exciting time for Avondale Estates and the Arts Alliance is proud to be a part of providing a creative outlet for visitors and residents alike.
UPDATE: The Avondale Arts Alliance has completed their contract under the DDA to program and promote The ArtLot. The DDA is now the contact for future programming and events.