News Briefs: Pot possession convictions; Woodson Park YMCA funding; Sally Mann exhibit closes early

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an Administrative Order to establish a process to restrict the records of offenses for possession of less than once ounce of marijuana or offenses related to the repealed subsection six of the City’s Disorderly Conduct Ordinance (City Code Section 106-81(6))—commonly known as “DC-(6).” The Administrative Order directs the Chief Operating Officer to coordinate with the City Attorney, the City Solicitor and the Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Atlanta to establish and promulgate the process by no later than Feb. 1, 2020. “The fact remains that communities of color are disproportionately affected by the lingering stigma of victimless, minor offenses—even long after the accused have paid their debts,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This outmoded practice deprives our communities and workforce of brilliant and promising minds, all because of an unfair justice system that can and will be course-corrected.”

Truist Bank will provide an $8 million bridge loan and $3.6 million of New Markets Tax Credit equity through SunTrust Community Capital to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to support construction of the Woodson Park YMCA. The NMTCs were provided through a partnership with Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a Community Development Financial Institution contributing an additional $9 million in NMTCs. The project is a new 18,920 square foot YMCA facility in the Grove Park neighborhood, jointly developed through a unique partnership between Atlanta Public Schools (APS), The Grove Park Foundation, and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. Specifically, the project is being developed adjacent to APS’ new Woodson Park Academy, which serves approximately 850 K-8 students. The new YMCA will feature space for YMCA programming, a health center, and additional space for  health and community planning. Ultimately, this project will result in the creation of 18 new jobs.

Sally Mann (American, born 1951), Deep South, Untitled (Scarred Tree), 1998, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund

The High Museum of Art has closed the “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings” photography exhibition six weeks early due to a persistent leak in the roof of the Anne Cox Chambers wing. The exhibition had been forced to close twice since it opened in September due to the leak. None of the photos were damaged, but the leak was causing climate stability issues and might have forced the exhibition to close again.  For more information, visit high.org.

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