Spring Festival on Ponce: Celebrating the Olmsted Legacy with Art

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The success of the inaugural Festival on Ponce was so strong that the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will now hold two events in the Olmstead Parks: one in spring, and one in fall. The Spring Festival on Ponce is a two day outdoor art and crafts festival to be held in the Olmsted chain of parks along Ponce de Leon Ave. on April 14-15, 2012. These beautiful parks have lovely trees and paths and great visibility from one of Atlanta's truly historic avenues. 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.

This is the second year to hold an outdoor arts and crafts festival in the chain of parks on Ponce de Leon Ave in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood. Approximately 150 (mostly) local artists and crafters will enjoy the unique beauty of Frederick Olmsted’s vision. This event will be very conservative, with a sensitivity to the park and neighborhood. Emerging artists of all stripes are encouraged to participate.

Location:     1451 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307
        Olmsted chain of Parks
Times:         Sat., April 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sun., April 15, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Music:     Acoustic music only
Admission:     Free to attend

“Instead of moaning about taxes on April 14 and 15, we hope that neighbors and visitors will come see the extraordinary gardens of the Olmsted Linear Park and stay to peruse the 150 local artists who will take up residence there for the weekend! We are very proud that our local artists will be able to draw attention to both the historic parks and the Druid Hills community in a positive way,” says Patrick Dennis, President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.

The festival is organized and run by artist volunteers who understand the needs and challenges of artists and how best to connect with consumers during this difficult economy.

“We were bowled over by how successful the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has not only preserved the parks but enhanced them with their determination and talents. We look forward to a colorful and unique experience for artists and the community by holding an arts festival in spring and again in fall,” says Randall Fox, V.P. of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.

A brief history of the Olmsted parks on Ponce:
In 1890 Atlanta businessman Joel Hurt engaged Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., to prepare a plan for developing the area now known as Druid Hills. Olmsted was recognized as the nation’s preeminent designer of parks and public open spaces. His work included Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the Emerald Necklace of Boston, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and the nation’s Capitol Grounds. The Olmsted firm submitted a preliminary plan to Hurt in 1893 in which the six-segment Linear Park was first laid out. The curving stretches of its landmark greenspace have delighted generations of area residents and the thousands of people who come and go along Ponce de Leon Avenue every day. Over the years, the Olmsted Linear Park has remained one of Atlanta’s most visible parks. To recapture the grandeur of this beautiful and historic park, concerned citizens launched a grassroots effort more than a decade ago and the results demonstrate their success and commitment.

For more information, contact Patrick Dennis at 404-845-0793.

About The Spring Festival on Ponce:
The event is hosted by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC and the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces, 501C3. AFFPS operates outdoor art and handcraft events in the metro Atlanta area. Festivals by AFFPS are staffed by volunteer artists to ensure the quality and production of each event is held to the highest standards. The event supports the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and the Paideia School.

Patrick Dennis, Director
Festival on Ponce
Ph.: 404-408-2127
Email: patrick(at)affps(dot)com

Randall Fox, Founder,
Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC
Ph: 404-845-0793
Email: randall(at)affps(dot)com

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