The city of Atlanta is looking for an artist to create 30 color drawings or paintings for an exhibition dedicated to the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders that will be displayed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The Atlanta Child Murders took place between 1979 and 1980. Nearly 30 black children and young adults were murdered, garnering national news attention. More recently, the murders have been the subject of popular podcast “Atlanta Monster” and TV crime specials.
In March, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that police and prosecutors would take a new look at evidence in the case using modern crime-fighting technology. Bottoms also issued an administrative order establishing the “Mayor’s Advisory Committee: Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce,” which is dedicated to finding ways to honor the victims.
Once complete, the planned exhibition on the victims will be displayed in the main atrium.
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring this installation, and the selected artist will receive $18,000 for their work.
Applications are open to artists living in Fulton and DeKalb counties, according to a post from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Those interested can review the full requirements in the request for proposals.
Artists must also submit a digital portfolio and a drawing of one of the victims, 13-year-old Clifford Jones. With Jones’ killing, Atlanta police recognized a pattern and began conducting their investigations under the assumption that the murders were connected, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
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The artist will be selected by a panel based on five criteria, including the artist’s merit and technical expertise, and sensitivity with subject matter.
The deadline for submissions is midnight Nov. 22.
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