We're excited to announce the 2021 Heart of The Arts Studio Residency Program.

Midtown is a hub of visual and performing arts, anchored by world class museums, attractions, and cultural venues. Our mission is to amplify the creative experience in Midtown, making it an essential part of daily life and accessible to all. The best way to do that? Put artists at the center of that experience.

Temporary installations are the springboard for future residencies intended to give artists a physical workspace and a firm foundation to build a creative practice in Midtown. Residencies arranged through partnerships with property owners in Midtown will range from 12 months or more, and will include a give-back to the community in the form of special programming and events featuring the artists and their work. A number of property owners have signed on for 2021. Midtown Alliance invites property owners seeking opportunities for their available spaces in 2021 to reach out regarding potential partnerships.

Call to Artists:

Midtown Alliance held an open call for artists in the Spring, seeking applications from visual artists with an established arts practice motivated to utilize this residency to advance his/her/their creative development within the vibrant context of Midtown, Atlanta. The program provides a 12-month studio term, $2,500 stipend, and high quality presentation of work for view by the public.

Additionally, the program provides opportunities to connect with Midtown-based arts institutions, curators, arts professionals, potential clients and collectors. This program is an extension of Midtown Alliance’s commitment to support the local arts economy and to provide opportunities to share new talent with the Midtown audience. Through their participation in the program, selected artists will help energize and enrich public spaces in Midtown, reinforcing the district’s identity as the Heart of the Arts. 

As of early-June, applications are still being reviewed by the selection committee. Watch this space in mid-June for updates on the finalists.


We're bringing art to the forefront of the community by featuring artists, makers, and entrepreneurs at the street level.

Learn More About Our Storefront Art Projects

We are activating empty storefronts with temporary artwork that showcases an exciting range of our city’s talent. Some of these artists have established careers in Atlanta and nationwide. Others are fresh on the scene. All seven are new to Midtown. Meet them:

Shanequa Gay

Chiomma Hall

Melissa Huang

Kaye Lee Patton

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Fabian Williams

Kristan Woolford

Neda Abghari, Curator




“When you support artists in your neighborhood, you get art in your neighborhood.”
– Chantelle Rytter, Cousins Properties 2017-2018 Artist in Residence, Promenade Building


Where to See the Art

Seven spaces along Peachtree Street (between 5th and 10th Street), Peachtree Place, and on 10th Street will come alive in phases with vibrant murals, sculpture and video installations beginning in December 2020, and on display through Q1 2021.

On view now:

  • 990 Peachtree Street (Atlanta History Center Midtown Campus adjacent to Savi) - works by Kaye Lee Patton and Fabian Williams
  • 999 Peachtree Street (999 Peachtree Building NW corner) - work by Kristan Woolford
  • 10 Tenth Street (near MARTA Midtown Station north entrance) - work by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya
  • 90 Peachtree Place (next to Cafe Agora) - works by Chiomma Hall and Melissa Huang

Retired exhibitions:

  • 805 Peachtree Street (between 5th and 6th Streets) - work by Shanequa Gay


Watch our Sidewalk Talk Series

Sidewalk Talk moves past the typical boundaries of artist dialogues by providing space for artists to reflect on their humanity with respect to time and place. More specifically, this is a moment for artists to talk about their favorite Midtown memories — people, places, events — that have helped them mark time in Atlanta. The relationship of people to place brings relevance to this program and the commissioned works. We invite you to watch these full, bright, colorful, and creative conversations to meet the artists, see the spaces, and imagine where we can all go when we work together.


REPLAY: Heart of the Arts "Sidewalk Talk" (Ep. 1): Midtown Nostalgia


REPLAY: Heart of the Arts "Sidewalk Talk" (Ep. 2): Colorful Evangelism


Heart of the Arts in the Headlines

5/04/21 - WABE: Heart of the Arts Initiative Provides a Space For Artists to Create and Showcase their Works in Midtown

4/26/21 - Saporta Report: Artist Residencies in Midtown: An Essential Environment for Creativity

3/24/21 - Atlanta Voice: Midtown Alliance Announces Studio Residency Program With Commercial Properties

2/22/21 - Atlanta History Center: Heart of the Arts

2/06/21 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - Midtown Alliance Brings Art to the Heart of the City

1/24/21 - Atlanta InTown: Storefront Murals and Exhibitions Bring Diverse Artistry to Midtown

12/25/20 - What NOW Atlanta: Midtown Alliance Turning Vacant Storefronts Into Art Installations

12/22/20 - Atlanta Daily World: Midtown Alliance Program Brings Art to Street-Level

12/22/20 - Atlanta Voice: Midtown Alliance Launches Program to Display Artists' Work in Vacant Storefronts


Thank You to our Partners

This effort is guided by Midtown Alliance and relies on strategic partnerships with commercial property owners. Host sites enjoy the presence of art on their property and the added visibility that it brings.


Media Inquiries

For media inquiries about this program, contact Ellie Hensley: Ellie@MidtownATL.com. View the launch press release here and the residency announcement here. Hi-res images available for download at this link (credit Midtown Alliance).