The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership & The Atlanta Opera Receive Collaborative Innovation Grant

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and The Atlanta Opera have announced they are the joint recipients of a Collaborative Innovation Grant from The Home Depot Foundation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. The $51,000 grant will fund a new collaboration between ABP and TAO to provide free operatic performances at locations along the Atlanta BeltLine and in parks and schools along the trail.
The annual Collaborative Innovation Grant program is an invitation-only competition for nonprofits in the Building Community Network, led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and The Home Depot Foundation. Two organizations with different focus areas must apply together. Established in 2006, the Network is now Atlanta’s largest and most influential collective of nonprofit leadership, bringing together 200-plus Atlanta-area organizations to support and share high-impact solutions, establish strong bonds between organizations, and equip nonprofits with innovative, multi-purpose tools for tackling entrenched issues.
The new collaboration between ABP and TAO – Belting on the BeltLine – will bring free operatic performances to open-air locations and schools along the Atlanta BeltLine, including the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville and a series of “pop-up” mini-performances. While this collaboration is outside of the official Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition schedule, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is exploring expansion of the arts and culture program to include more pop-up performances and experiences for trail users. Belting on the BeltLine performance series details will be announced soon.
“We have performed all over Atlanta in the past five years, primarily through our Discoveries series. In our current season, we will perform at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse and Theatrical Outfit,” said Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera. “Performing on the BeltLine is an important part of our mission as we seek to expand our footprint across the city and break down the traditional barriers to opera. We thank The Home Depot Foundation for this generous donation and look forward to working with our partners at The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.”
“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership appreciates this grant from The Home Depot Foundation in support of our new Belting on the BeltLine collaboration with The Atlanta Opera,” said ABP Executive Director Rob Brawner. “Making opera more accessible to all by delivering it through free performances along the Atlanta BeltLine aligns perfectly with the vision and spirit of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and we look forward to sharing this amazing performance art form with many who have not previously experienced it.”