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"Participating in Excuse the Art was a great way for me to push myself to experiment with new ideas in front of an audience and a supportive group of my peers. The opportunity provided me valuable feedback on the work-in-progress I was working on, which I can now take and apply to future iterations of that work. The artists at Fly on A Wall were extremely helpful and supportive throughout the entirety of the process. Moreover, their commitment to paying the artist involved in the series was something I tremendously appreciated, as they are working to set a higher standard for our artists in the community and the work that we produce. I admire each and every individual who participated and highly recommend to those considering participating in future iterations of the program."

-Benji Stevenson, 2020

"Participating in Excuse The Art (ETA) was such a wonderful experience as a young and emerging artist in Atlanta. This experience introduced me to so many kind artists, and enabled me to share some ideas I had been exploring with an audience. The environment Fly cultivated allowed me to fail big but in a way that was very safe and very supportive. My ideas weren’t fleshed our successfully but it required an event like ETA to help me share the work and get feedback in order to see that."  

-Jacob Lavoie, 2020

“As a new artist/ choreography, ETA allowed me to take greater risks because they did not put an emphasis on the end result. Putting yourself in the mindset of “work in progress” ensures that it’s okay to explore and try new things, even if it doesn’t  work out as planned. Through it’s collaborative nature, I was able to learn so much from other artists. By witnessing their processes, I am now able to view my own piece in perspectives I would have never thought of."

-Shakira Bell // Blurred Lines Dance Company, 2020

"ETA provided such a well thought through, nourishing, open platform to create work and thrive at every level. The structure Fly on a Wall created for ETA, was truly a complimentary mix of; space for open-ended experimentation, and specific guidance and support. As an ETA artist you felt open to experiment and push your boundaries, while being supported every step of the way with thoughtful feedback, supportive community and practical logistics."

-ImmerseATL, 2020

Olivia Rowe // The Esthete Collective's "aphotic | lucent"