Atlanta’s arts community relies on support from SunTrust and Turner. So what do the latest corporate shakeups mean?

March 18,2019

Felicia Feaster, Atlanta magazine

This spring has definitely come in like a lion for the Atlanta arts community. First there was the news that SunTrust Bank had been acquired by Winston Salem-based BB&T and that the unnamed merged company would move its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina. Then came the announcement that the Turner Broadcasting name will soon be a thing of the past under AT&T’s acquisition of WarnerMedia.

As a result, many Atlanta nonprofits are asking questions about what this means for corporate support of the arts in the city.


For his part, Central Atlanta Progress president A.J. Robinson remains hopeful about how these relocations and changes will play out.

“I’m optimistic their support won’t diminish,” he says of SunTrust and Turner. “They are long-term players in this market, and Atlanta is a growing, vibrant city. I don’t see them pulling back from that environment. I think we have to be patient and see what happens.”

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