Artmaking that celebrates multiple perspectives, and navigates new boundaries.
Supporting artists that shape and reflect their environment and culture.
The commitment to artistic process.
Work that invokes possibility, explores form, challenges thought, and expands feeling.
Fly On A Wall (FOAW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing artists in metropolitan Atlanta with a platform for continued growth, innovative performance, and artistic expression. Founded in 2014, the organization has rapidly evolved to become a significant resource for experienced artists looking to hone their craft and for young artists to ignite their creative spark. FOAW offers valuable opportunities for arts education, allowing artists to improve their talents and build confidence in their abilities. The organization aims to change and innovate the way the world views artistic creation and expression.
FOAW fosters an environment where artists across various mediums can connect, create, and collaborate. These mediums include dance, multimedia performance, and art installation. The organization offers a variety of efforts to help artists showcase their work, develop their abilities, and engage the community in the artistic process.
Fly on a Wall was founded in 2014 by Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, and Sean Nguyen-Hilton. During the inaugural year the founders discovered the value of peer support when making work. This discovery was the seed for their collaborative approach to creating, and it laid the foundation for the platform to take shape. Together the three artists created a body of work including multimedia performance, installation, and dance for film. Their creations were presented by organizations such as; Dashboard, the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Contemporary, Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Synchronicity Theatre, Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, the City of Duluth, and the Marietta Performing Arts Center. They offered community classes for dancers and non-dancers alike and were recognized as Distinguished Fellows by the Fulton County Arts Council with a scholarship to the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.
From 2018 to 2023, Fly on a Wall were artists in residence at The Windmill Arts Center. The Fly on a Wall team expanded to include Christina Massad (2017), Jimmy Joyner (2019), Nicholas Goodly (2019). With their newfound home at the Windmill Arts Center, Fly on a Wall was able to broaden their mission to support artists in the Atlanta area. This support manifested programming such as daily morning dance classes, community discourse series, artist residencies, and events which provide performance opportunities for artists.
Fly on a wall is supported in part by The Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Fulton County Arts Council.