Announcing the 2021 Heart of The Arts Studio Residency Program

Meet the 2021 artists in residence that are amplifying the creative experience in Midtown, making it an essential part of daily life and accessible to all. 

George F. Baker III

Jamaal Barber

Lillian Blades

Dr. Bojana Ginn

Patricia Hernandez

Jasmine Nicole Williams

About the Artist Residency Program

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. 

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. 

Midtown Alliance invites property owners seeking opportunities for their available spaces in 2022 to reach out regarding potential partnerships.


Heart of the Arts in the Headlines

7/6//21 - Burnaway: Daily News: Midtown Alliance Announces First Cohort of Artists-in-Residence

6/30/21 - Newsbreak: Midtown Alliance, Founding Partners Name Six Chosen Artists for Heart of the Arts Residency Program

6/30/21 - Atlanta Business Journal: Midtown Alliance Announces Artists for Midtown Residency Program

6/30/21 - Atlanta InTown: Inaugural Class Unveiled for Midtown Heart of the Arts Residency Program

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: View the launch press release here, and the residency call for applications release here and the studio residency selections were announced here. Hi-res images of the artists-in-residence available for download at this link.