Atlanta needs a National Museum of Contemporary African American Art

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This year, the Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.

Arts & Economic Prosperity provided evidence "...that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of Atlanta—one that generates $604.6 million in total economic activity. This spending—$371.9 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $232.7 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 19,392 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $478.1 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $54.4 million in local and state government revenue."

NOW: Atlanta's West End neighborhoods are seeing massive changes to their landscapes and environments, from the Mercedes Benz Stadium/Vine City/Northside Drive transformation, to the Georgia State/Reynoldstown/Peoplestown/Pittsburgh transformation, to the Atlanta Beltline.  All of these massive projects have brought rabid attention to the attractive potential of West Side living. The proximity of the West End and Vine City to downtown, midtown, the airport, and all the amenities of city living, have brought waves of interest and massive amounts of money to the area. 

According to Mayor Reed, '“Atlanta is experiencing its greatest growth and prosperity in 40 years...Along with this success comes the recognition that we must support our cultural community in a manner befitting a booming international city."


It's time for The City of Atlanta to embrace and enhance its African American arts and cultural scene. It's time to build a National Museum of Contemporary African American Art in the city. The museum should be on the scale of the High Museum, and it should be located in the West End near the Mercedes Benz Stadium. It's time.  Are. YOU. In?