The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC was established in 2005 to support the arts community by operating arts and craft events and festivals in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. AFFPS was formed to create a way of integrating and encouraging both social interactions and the opportunity for individuals and businesses to obtain cross exposures in marketplaces that they may normally not have. Our festivals, events and markets enjoy diverse social and economic participants. All events are professionally managed and maintained to create a "destination" in which both public and private opportunities for economic growth can be explored. AFFPS works in partnership with the communities and cities in the metro Atlanta area to expand public access to art.
In 2010, we secured non-profit status as The Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces. This enables us to provide financial scholarships, awards, educational programs, tools for artists as well as maintain sponsorships for our various events. Our mission remains the same: to organize and host events by artists for artists, to support the regional arts community, create a direct link between artist and buyer, and provide opportunities for growth and partnerships.
AFFPS at a glance:
•AFFPS is a member of the International Festivals & Events Association and
the Southeast Festivals & Events Association.
•AFFPS is licensed, bonded, insured for $1 million per event. •AFFPS has an active database of over 20,000 artists and art supporters. •AFFPS has a variety of online tools such as a multi license agreement with
Zapplication and Constant Contact as well as a smart phone festival “app.”
•AFFPS has an inventory of tents, weights, safety gear, and vehicles including a
large capacity commercial truck and trailer.
•AFFPS has a staff of employees who are experienced in festival management in every
phase including set up, check in, load in, safety, check out, load out and clean up.
•AFFPS employs a staff photographer, a staff PR expert, and an active database of media
contacts to facilitate publicity, promotions and sponsorships.
•AFFPS has five years of professional experience in festival and arts event management. •AFFPS is equipped to host independent arts events
or utilize specific areas of expertise to manage components of existing arts events.
•AFFPS secures the license, permit and authorization to host independent arts events. •AFFPS legal records are available upon request.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
This fall fine arts festival is held on the first weekend of November each year in the largest public park in Fulton County, home to the Chastain Amphitheater, Horse Barn, Athletic Fields, Arts Center, Swim Club, and Golf Course. The Chastain Park Arts Festival made its debut in 2009 with over 185 regional fine artists in various disciplines, with a 60% return rate each year. While the focus is on local and regional artists, this is a nationally advertised festival. Each artist applicant is juried by a panel of experts. Judging is done on site during the first day of the event to award Best in Show, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place awards. Accoustic music, V.I.P. sponsors, a pet parade and food court compliment this annual event. Average attendance is 30,000 visitors and is free to attend. A donation is made from this event to benefit a local charity or arts scholarship program.
Buckhead Spring Arts & Craft Festival
This spring arts and craft festival is held during one weekend in May each year in Chastain Park, the same venue used for the fall Chastain Park Arts Festival. This event debuted in 2010 and included 195 artists and artisans, plus an “antiques alley,” a professionally operated children’s area with inflatables, live music and regional foods and beverages. Over 90% of participants are from Georgia although this is a nationally advertised festival. First year attendance is estimated at 25,000 visitors and is free to attend. The popularity of this event ensures its continued growth. A donation is made from this event to benefit a local charity or arts scholarship program.
Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
This summertime event was "brought back" in 2011 featuring 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters as well as artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a Street Market, children's play area plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun.
Festival on Ponce: Spring and Fall
The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and crafts event held at the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has a $10 million capital improvement plan to protect these historic parks. These beautiful parks have lovely trees and paths and great visibility from one of Atlanta's main traffic arteries between Atlanta and Decatur. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. Visitors enjoy fine art and crafts, folk and "outsider" art, a children's area and local food and beverage.
Stone Mountain Village BlueGrassRoots Music & Arts Festival
This event showcases dozens of southern bluegrass musicians from all over the country, plus Contra dancing and up to 150 self taught artists and artisans in the historic setting of Stone Mountain Village. This is a two day outdoor event strongly supported by Main Street Stone Mountain.
Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts
This event was introduced in 2012 with overwhelming success featuring over 150 fine artists, fine crafters, gourmet foods and local acoustic music, all among the intown Atlanta neighborhood of historic Peachtree Hills. AFFPS has partnered with the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for this event.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza
This event was introduced in 2012 with 150 unique artists, many outsider, folk and self taught. The event celebrates the revitalization of the new City Center in Sandy Springs and continues to attract enthusiastic attendees to the area.
Sandy Spring Festival Artists Market
AFFPS manages only the artists market component of this community festival which dates back more than 25 years. The two day outdoor event supports 125 artists, crafters, gourmet food vendors and many other festival activities coordinated by Heritage Sandy Springs.
Decatur Market & Gallery
The Decatur Market & Gallery opened in 2008 as a co-operative venue for 22 emerging artists and unique artisans of Georgia. Each artist and artisan works in the gallery so that visitors are constantly greeted by an artist, not a sales person. The Gallery hosts quarterly receptions to honor a selected artist, and bimonthly Artist Information courses presented by a wide array of experts that are open to the public. The Gallery has a natural theme and warmth to showcase the mostly self-taught artists and artisans. Guests will view modern abstract paintings, palette knife paintings, landscapes, mixed media, as well as handcrafted mosaic, jewelry, pottery and textiles.
New Events for 2013
Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival
This event will be held in the newly constructed Historic Old Fourth Ward Park in the Midtown area of Atlanta adjacent to the Ponce City Market redevelopment project. The event marks the first of its kind to be held at this location and will feature approximately 150 artists, crafters, gourmet foods and a lively crowd.
Stone Mountain Village Oktoberfest & Artists Market
This event celebrates the season in historic Stone Mountain Village complete with seasonal foods and beverages as well as a lively Artists Market featuring up to 150 local artists and crafters. Live music compliments the event on two stages.
Websites & Resources
Patrick Dennis President
Randall Fox Founder / Vice President
Dave Demer Partnership Development
Lisa Windle Production Director
Cameron Decker Social Media
Bon Kumsaitong Graphic Design