The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is pleased to announce the two recipients of the fall 2021 Arts in Community Awards. Farm to Neighborhood and Chess and Community will each receive a $2000 award to fund their proposed projects.

Since 2016, Arts in Community Awards (AICA) have been offered by ACAC, an appointed body of the Athens-Clarke County municipal government which strives to foster the development and enjoyment of the arts in Athens, to promote creative placemaking in our community. This year, applicants responded to the theme of “Athens in Color”.


Chess and Community Director, Lemuel LaRoche / photo: Chess and Community

Chess and Community youth participants will design, print and paint their own chess pieces on a 3D printer, under the guidance of local artist Broderick Flanigan, in order to create a unique chess board filled with color, as vibrant and diverse as the Athens community.

Farm to Neighborhood Director, Rashe Malcolm / photo: Andrew N Shearer

Farm to Neighborhood will be hosting the “Classic City Art Crawl” which will showcase Black-owned businesses in Triangle Plaza. Rashe Malcolm, Triangle Plaza’s new owner, will unveil her vision for the future of the property, as an economic and cultural center, through several installations by local artists of color. The installations will feature mixed-media art pieces, photography, live painting, documentaries, and more with several events planned for spring 2022.

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