Aviation Community Cultural Center
3900 Aviation Circle, NW
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Abernathy Arts Center is Fulton County’s oldest neighborhood Arts Center dedicated to providing quality arts instruction to the community in a warm and friendly environment since 1974.
The Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) is a 16,200 square foot facility located on the grounds of Fulton County “Charlie Brown” Airport along Fulton Industrial Boulevard at 3900 Aviation Circle, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30336. Initiated by a community advisory group in 1999, the project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and approved by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in 2010.
ACCC is designed to be a community gathering place and is managed by the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture and will focus on three areas of programming:
- Aviation: careers in aviation training opportunities, educational resources, historical and contemporary flight-related exhibits
- Community: a large Multipurpose Room available for civic meetings, events and activities along with a 10,000 square foot Outdoor Plaza and Green space.
- Cultural: visual art exhibitions, public art installation, summer camps, visual art and dance instruction for children, teens and adults
Aviation Community Cultural Center Public Art Project
Title: A Force Proportional to Their Masses
Artist: Michael R. Reese
The imagery and the themes of this artwork for ACCC are aviation, overcoming gravity to achieve flight as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, inspiring youth to careers in aviation, and neighborhood histories of four surrounding areas: Carroll Heights, Collier Heights, Fairburn Heights and Adamsville.
- Artwork will be located in key public spaces and reception areas of the building: along East and West corridors, Lobby vestibule and on the Main wall of lobby above reception.
- Fifteen (15) glass, back-lit portrait panels
- Mixed media photo panels about four neighborhoods
- One photographic panorama – diverse youth looking toward future careers in aviation
- Project will involve community youth/young adults as the artist will mentor three mentees (ages 17-21) selected by nomination and interview from community organizations
Michael R. Reese received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from The Atlanta College of Art in 1996. His work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in venues such as Southwest Arts Center; International Center for Photography in NY; Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College; and the Arts Festival of Atlanta.