The Art Institute of Atlanta Donates Artwork to Local Non-Profit in Support of At-Promise Youth

By: Vivian Lett

October 13, 2017

Grand Opening of the Atlanta Police Foundation's At-Promise Youth Center

As an on-going mission to give back and engage with the community, The Art Institute of Atlanta donated artwork created by photography faculty member, Taylor Bareford, to The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF). The donation is in support of APF’s newest venture, the At-Promise Center Youth and Community Center. Located in Atlanta’s Historic English Avenue, At-Promise is a state-of-the-art learning and community facility with specialized services for youth and a gathering place for residents, group activities, and other activities. Its purpose is to establish successful pathways for youth and reduce the number of young people who negatively experience the criminal justice system. “Our youth are At-Promise, not At-Risk,” stated Aaron Nicholson, Manager of Youth Programs.

Atlanta Police Foundation's Grand Opening of At-Promise Youth Center Atlanta Police Foundation's Grand Opening of At-Promise Youth Center

Atlanta Police Foundation's Grand Opening of At-Promise Youth Center Art Institute of Atlanta Student Ambassadors at the At-Promise Youth Center Grand Opening

The At-Youth Center’s grand opening, held August 1st, was attended by Institutional President Newton Myvett, Provost Dr. Linda Wood, and Taylor Bareford. They were joined by several Atlanta Influencers such as Mayor Kasim Reed, Co-Owner of the Atlanta Hawks Grant Hill, and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Additionally, Ai Atlanta Student Ambassadors volunteered their time to create art projects such as illustrations and paintings. Among the hundreds in attendance for the At-Promise Grand Opening Celebration, The Art Institute of Atlanta did a great job of engaging with members of the Historic English Avenue Community.

Ai Atlanta Student Ambassadors with Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders at At-Promise Grand Opening Art Institute of Atlanta faculty member's artwork on display at the At-Promise Youth Center

About the Atlanta Police Foundation: 

The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) was established in 2003 to provide vital support to the Mayor, the Chief of Police and the Atlanta Police Department. The organization is based on a public-private partnership model that has proven to be highly effective in the prevention and reduction of crime in other major cities. Since its inception, the APF has worked to secure and leverage private resources to fund high priority projects designed to enhance the City of Atlanta’s ability to fight and prevent crime.

For much of the previous three decades, Atlanta was regarded as one of the nation’s most dangerous cities – plagued by violent crime, a police department with a damaged reputation, and an anemic population in decline.

Today, Atlanta boasts the lowest crime rates since 1969, a world-class police force regarded as the pre-eminent police department in the southeast, and a thriving business climate with the nation’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta is flourishing because of the unwavering commitment and investment the City, businesses and residents have made to make public safety a priority.

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By: Vivian Lett

October 13, 2017