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It was mostly routine business at Tuesday's meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission.

A resolution calling for the ACC Manager, county attorney, and Board of Elections to continue voter education efforts in the wake of the state’s controversial voting law passed unanimously, with most Commissioners speaking in favor of the measure before the vote.

In response to a call for public comment from UGA’s Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission penned an open letter, calling for nearly $300,000 in spending to ameliorate what they characterize as “a narrow, exclusionary history plagued by white supremacy.”


Athens Cultural Affairs Commission

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is providing a set of recommendations for UGA's Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community to improve diversity among the university's outdoor public art. 



In an open letter to university administrators, the Cultural Affairs Commission characterized the outdoor public art and historical markers on the University's historic North Campus as "from the dominant white culture" and urged the university to provide greater representation and context.


In the throes of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created new government agencies to put people to work, including the Works Progress Administration. One of the most famous parts of the WPA was the Federal Art Project, which commissioned over 200,000 works of art from some 10,000 artists.

WUGA’s Cathy Bradberry reports on an exhibit of WPA art at the Georgia Museum of Art, which inspired her to investigate how public art and its role in the community have changed over time.