Roswell may soon see artfully designed benches popping up around town as part of a $100,000 project involving the Roswell Arts Fund, Roswell’s Nonprofit Partnership Program and local artists. AJC FILE.

Roswell nonprofits to create artistic benches

Sandy Springs had painted turtles all over town a few years ago, and now Roswell has plans for its own public arts promotion: an artistic bench project funded in part by a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant.

The Roswell City Council on Aug. 28 approved applying for the Our Town grant, to be matched by $50,000 from the city.

The municipality is working with the Roswell Arts Fund on a “functional art project” that will involve 10 organizations from the city’s Nonprofit Partnership Program. The nonprofits will work with local artists to design and create benches to be displayed in area parks, according to a staff report to council.

“The benches will not only enhance the beauty of the parks and serve as centerpieces for creative place-making, but they will also tell the story of each of the nonprofits and their impact on the Roswell community,” staff said. The Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department will be responsible for the project.

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