Atlanta Track Club, a non-profit with a mission of improving the health of Atlanta through running and walking, is asking Atlantans to slow down, pause their stopwatches and take a seat for a conversation on race. The Club recently launched its Common Ground initiative, a program designed to educate and inform its staff, leadership and members on issues of social justice and anti-racism.
As part of the inititive, The Club is giving benches made from recycled water bottles used at the 50th Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race to local non-profits, schools, parks, public institutions and partner corporations throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The benches – part of the Club’s existing efforts on environmental stewardship — are intended to be used as a designated space for learning about the history and impact of systemic racism in the United States and listening to ways in which it might be dismantled. (From Atlanta Track Club press release)
In addition to gifting the benches, The Club is also conducting interviews with leaders across a variety of sectors to seek out what common ground exisits between groups with seemingly different interests.
Roswell Arts Fund is thrilled to be a recipient of a bench and to discuss how we could further our connection with the Atlanta Track Club.
“What an honor sit down with Kara Finley at the Atlanta Track Club to talk about community, running, the arts, and how we can step up our collective efforts to stay focused on the common ground we all share. I am very grateful that Roswell Arts Fund gets to add such a meaningful spot for connection in Roswell, GA, and a shout out to Chris Abree of United Consulting in Roswell for finding a perfect place for it!” – Ghila Sanders, Executive Director of Roswell Arts Fund
We invite you to visit the bench currently located in the parking lot at the Roswell Arts Fund office, 112 Norcross Street Roswell GA