By Rochelle Mucha, Chair, Roswell Arts Fund
I am thrilled to be the founder and chair of the Roswell Arts Fund, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization created as a direct outcome of the Imagine Roswell Arts and Culture 2030 Study conducted by the City of Roswell.
Completed in February 2015, one of the key recommendations to the city was to establish a new, independent nonprofit that would be a powerful advocate for the arts and would focus on making the City of Roswell an arts destination by fully integrating the arts into the social and economic fabric that is uniquely Roswell.
As the designated arts agency for the city, that is the mission and mandate of the Roswell Arts Fund.
So, how do we go accomplish this?
- We do it by strategically investing in public art — temporary public art such as the ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour and permanent public art such as the Bucket Brigade that will be installed at the site of our new Fire Station No. 4.
- We do it by exploring how to build, buy or renovate a space that can be transformed into a state of the art, multifunction performance space.
- We do it by cultivating a culture of philanthropy and identifying foundational revenue sources to drive these initiatives.
- And we do it by forging meaningful and collaborative relationships between our artists, art organizations, creative industries, and our business and political leaders.
We illuminated these goals and more at our inaugural ArtAround Roswell Preview Party March 13, 2016, at River Landing, sponsored by New Kent Capital. The purpose of the event was to introduce the Roswell Arts Fund, promote the City’s first sculpture tour, and raise funds to buy one piece of sculpture as a permanent gift to the city of Roswell.
The ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour is a collaboration between the city of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Fund, and will feature 10 works of art on loan to the city by their artists installed at selected Roswell area parks from April through December 2016. The nine-month long exhibition will showcase sculptures with a variety of styles, types and sizes. All works of art will be available for purchase.
Sculpture sponsors include the 2015 Downtown Development Authority members, Bank of North Georgia, Gas South, Lennar Multifamily Roswell City Walk, Roswell CVB Board (Roswell Inc. and Visit Roswell), and Publix Supermarkets.
ArtAround Roswell will transform our parks into a museum without walls, introducing public art to our residents and visitors of all ages. The specific artworks were selected by a carefully chosen panel representing community stakeholders.
The final pieces capture our city’s modern spirit and southern soul, as well as embody a city focus on nature, preservation and recreation — especially bicycles.
The Roswell Arts Fund believes that art, in its many forms, defines our sense of place and drives economic and social vitality. We know that the tour will spark conservations and imagination, and we invite our regional community to participate.
ArtAround Roswell will kick off officially with a community-wide free event on April 16 at Roswell Area Park Playground, Noon - 3 p.m. There will be a free community-wide event at a different sculpture site every month for the duration of the tour. You can find out more about events and monthly contests at artaroundroswell.org. We invite you to explore, experience, and enjoy!