Sometimes a little determination and staying power can pay real dividends. For years, local artist EVAN LEVY
has been an unrelenting advocate for public art in Atlanta as a working artist and a former public art coordinator for the citys Bureau of Cultural Affairs
. He has been an outspoken activist, too, demanding that the city deliver on its Percent-for-Art promise to allocate a percentage of capital improvement projects for public art. Since 1996, Levy has talked about bringing public art to the 210-acre Freedom Park, and this summer, Levy finally got his wish with the debut of the outdoor exhibit Art in Freedom Park. The summer-long exhibition of work by Atlanta artists could be just the provocation and inspiration the city needs to step up its public art presence. Levy hopes Art in Freedom Park will eventually become a year-round event. Until then, look for Art in Freedom Park in April 2006.
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