News Briefs: BeltLine West End open house; Howard School opens new facilities; Out on Film named Oscars qualifier

There will be an open house for residents and stakeholders to review the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 and West End Livable Centers Initiative Master Plans on March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lee & White Street Community Room, 1000 White St. SW.  The open house will share findings from previous public meetings before legislation is introduced to adopt the plan. The draft final recommendations focus on land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace in the subarea. Visit beltline.org for more information.

The Howard School raised $14.3 million toward its Opening Doors Capital Campaign, the largest comprehensive fundraising effort in the school’s 70-year history. The two capital projects included in the campaign—a new High School Building (Young High School), and a new Student Center/Multipurpose Building (Marifred Cilella Student Center) have been completed and officially opened for use in January.  Howard School students and teachers are enjoying full lunch service through a partnership with SAGE Dining Services in the new 9,000-square-foot Marifred Cilella Student Center.

Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award qualifying film festival. Short films that win the festival’s Best Drama Short award will now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Live Action Short film competition for the concurrent season. “We are honored and ecstatic to have the Academy recognize us as a qualifying festival,” said festival director Jim Farmer. Out On Film is one of the three Atlanta film festivals to be Oscar qualifying, joining the Atlanta Film Festival and Bronzelens Film Festival, and one of only a handful of LGBTQ film festivals in the world, including three in the United States.

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