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Excuse The Art (ETA) is a works-in-progress series presented by Fly on a Wall. ETA values the creative process, peer discourse, and a space to experiment with manifesting ideas. Participants of ETA will be offered studio time to develop their work and opportunities to engage in peer discourse. Funds from ticket sales will be divided between the participating artists.

Excuse The Art seeks applications from Atlanta-based artists working in any performance-based medium to participate in the 2024 works-in-progress series. All bodies are encouraged to apply regardless of age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, ability, citizen status, national origin or religion. All applications will be reviewed by a diverse panel of artists and educators.

Details for 2023

Application Opens

Application Closes

Selected artists will be notified

Welcome Social (mandatory):

Tech Week

Excuse The Art 2024: 


  • Must be a new work in progress

  • Participate in peer and audience feedback

  • Works must be between 10-20 minutes in length

  • Must be available for the Welcome Social

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Christina J Massad's "is rael I" ETA 2022

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LaMia Dingle // Reveal Movement's "Unboxing" 

ETA 2020

Olivia Bryant's #relatable ETA 2022

Porter Grubbs // The Mediums Collective's "Fish Out of Water"

ETA 2020

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"I am so grateful for the experience I had with Excuse The Art. It came in a time where I needed space to learn myself again, and time to listen to my wants and needs as an artist. I had the opportunity to crawl, walk and run toward impulses and ideas that interest me and define new tools for holding myself and my art. Being a part of this community, connecting with other artists, was also truly invaluable. Discovering what art making and movement practice is and can be in Atlanta is a continued journey for me and I am so glad to have found the ETA and Fly On A Wall community."

-Candace Tabbs, 2022 

"Excuse the Art helped me shake off the inertia of 2 years of COVID and launched me into a meaningful creative process where I felt fully encouraged and supported, both by my fellow ETA artists and the Fly team. Having access to rehearsal space for experimentation, movement, play, reflection, and rigor created a real container for ideas to germinate and take root. The ability to share my process with a receptive audience at the end felt like a deeply satisfying culmination after four months of solo research in the studio. I can not recommend Excuse the Art more highly to artists seeking an opportunity to make and share work within a community of thoughtful artists. The Fly on a Wall team is engaging, committed, and professional, and provides phenomenal support to the ETA artists in every way imaginable." 

-Emily Christianson, 2022

"ETA was such an anchor for me in an uncertain time. The creative

way the Fly on a Wall Team used the White Box and parking lot of

The Windmill to be able to have a safe showing during the pandemic

opened my mind to think about using the space differently for my work. Having access to rehearsal space to play, experiment, and create was such a boon when income and work were limited for me due to Covid I was able to make new connections with other artists and see bits of their process in our zoom meetings which was a lovely way to feel more connected to the dance community that I had been missing during quarantine. The opportunity to show work in-process that is produced and managed with the care and consideration of a "finished" piece is such a rare and wonderful opportunity that I am grateful for!

-Amelia Reiser, 2021

Darvensky Louis's "zenith" ETA 2022

"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."

-Laith 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

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Olivia Bryant's #relatable ETA 2022

Photos + Video by Christina Massad

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