The 10 lucky Atlanta artists who won the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s inaugural Artist Village Lottery have been announced.
They were awarded the opportunity to display and sell their work in the festival’s artist market during this weekend’s event at Piedmont Park in Midtown. The winners of were selected in a random drawing by the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, which is hosting the festival May 25 and 26.
The goal of the Artist Village Lottery project is to showcase and to increase the accessibility of up-and-coming Atlanta artists’ works. Winners will each receive a complimentary footprint in the artist market. To qualify for the lottery, artists must be a professional artist, live within the city of Atlanta limits and cannot currently be represented by a gallery.
This year’s winners are: LeiSha Starchia, Adam Crawford, Ashli Ognelodh, Aisha Woodard, Gilbert Young, Jay Ali, Diyah Najah, Thomas Bess Jr., Marlina Hullum and Jennifer Haralson.
“It’s been exciting to be able to provide these fine young artists with the ability to reach thousands, increase their brand awareness and sell their art. We hope to continue the program next year,” Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a news release.
The Artist Village will be adjacent to the National Black Arts Festival’s Art in the Park activation, a first-time art gallery experience showcasing seven acclaimed visual artists, creating an upscale market for original artwork.
The festival is proud to support local artists, artisans and entrepreneurs. The artist market is a place for festival attendees to find rare and collectible artwork. Other booths featuring eclectic and handcrafted goods will line the park’s sidewalks, along with a variety of food and drinks available for purchase. Admission to the festival is free but some events are ticketed.