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Finalists for “Elevate/Art Above Underground”; MINT’s new program “Leap Year”

Temporary public art has gone viral. The latest pop-up is “Elevate/Art Above Underground,” a project sponsored by Underground Atlanta and the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.

Under their auspices, works by local artists will be on view in interior and exterior public spaces along the Upper Alabama Street corridor and surrounding areas from August through October. “Elevate,” like many such efforts, will do double duty. It looks to encourage foot traffic and give artists a platform.

The finalists are: Allison Rentz, Carlos Eguiguren, Chris Chambers, Chris Dean, Christopher Wong, Corrina Mensohoff, Daniel Ashby, Deanna Sirlin, Devin Lilly, Dodekapus, Doodles, Famou Pecou, Gregor Turk, Gregory Johnson, Hailey Lowe, Imperial Opa, J.D. Koth, Jane Crimmins, John Tindel, Kay Beck, Ursula Kendall‐Johnson, Lanny Bergner, Lelavision, Lillian Blades, Lisa Tuttle, Living Walls, LNY, Lobster Mobster Poetry Collective, Loss Prevention, Martha Wittington, Michael Reese, Mike Carpenter, Mike Germon, Morgan Keestner, Nathan Sharratt, Olabad, Priscilla Smith, Richard Arnold, Ruth Stanford, Sara Emerson, Southern Art Revival, Theatre du Reve, Valeria Yamamoto, WonderRoot and WonderRoot/Loose Change.

The winners will be announced in June.

Meanwhile, MINT gallery has announced a new initiative. “Leap Year” is a mentorship program for emerging artists. The Hambidge Center, WonderRoot, C4, Dashboard Co-op, BANG! Arts Management and Promotions and Georgia Lawyers for the Arts are among the partnering institutions.

Three artists, selected by a jury, will be paired with two different mentors, receive free memberships to local arts-related institutions and participate in workshops and discussion groups tailored to their needs. They will also receive free studio space and a small stipend for supplies. A group exhibition will be the grand finale.

Digital applications, which will be available June 1, are due by 5 p.m. July 8. Winners will be announced August 8.

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