Randall Fox, festival director with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, is in studio for this Around Atlanta segment of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Joined by co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick, Fox discusses the creative ways the event organization is continuing to support local artists and bring the community together.
A nurse practitioner by trade, Fox worked in trauma for 25 years before diving into the events industry. Now as the festival director of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS), Fox works to share his passion for the arts through exciting events aimed at supporting the local art community.
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is an organization built and designed with the focus of supporting artists by holding events and festivals that connect them to the public. As a community-oriented organization, the AFFPS works closely with the community and surrounding neighborhoods to support local artists and help them make a living. Art festivals occur throughout the year, providing these local artists with a unique opportunity to interact with the public and gain exposure for their craft.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, many of AFFPS’s spring arts festivals have been postponed. With no art festivals taking place, many local artists have lost opportunities to promote and sell their work. Despite these circumstances, the AFFPS has continued to look for opportunities to communicate and bring the community together. Luckily for them, social media is allowing that to happen! Rather than using social media to promote the festival, the AFFPS is promoting individual artists by sharing photos of their art and links to their websites through its Facebook and Instagram pages.
In addition to sharing artists and their products through social media, Fox and the AFFPS are also encouraging the artists to give back to the community and show that everyone is in this together. With so many people at home trying to find things to do, several of the artists have reached out to members of the community to offer virtual painting or drawing lessons. Fox believes that just because everyone is physically distanced, doesn’t mean the community can’t continue to come together to support one another.
For those looking to keep up to date on the rescheduling of AFFPS’s spring art festivals, visit www.affps.com for a complete list of events and dates. Each individual art festival has its own website with further details regarding the event. You can also listen to the full interview above for more information.
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