Back from London and now we are in Atlanta, Georgia. What can you do in Atlanta? Pretty much everything…
Credit source: http://www.atlanta.net & City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Launched in 2011, the first exhibition of ELEVATE hosted 15 events and 40 performances over 66 days. Artwork filled vacant properties, street corners and plazas to showcase artwork ranging from 13 story murals to contemporary dance, video, installation, and poetry. Although public funding allocated through our percent for art program was the direct source for the artist commissions, additional funding to execute an exhibition of this caliber was provided through local Atlanta businesses. Donation of art space, hotel rooms, theatrical lighting, food, advertising, and cash support nearly doubled the exhibitions initial budget, demonstrating the immediate community support. This intensive cultural programming brought in 13,313 new visitors to downtown Atlanta.
At the end of the program, downtown property owners and businesses adopted the bulk of the visual work commissioned through ELEVATE. The artwork has now been incorporated into the permanent downtown landscape. In addition to the adopted artwork, other aesthetic improvements to the downtown district were implemented surrounding the close of ELEVATE. Underground Atlanta was publicly earmarked for a potential art space by Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed.
Elevate strives to build bridges in the downtown community though partnerships and collaboration. The total amount of partnerships formed in ELEVATE 2011 was 19, including Universities, not for profit organizations, government organizations and private businesses. Within one month following the close of Elevate 2011, 101 local, national and international articles were published regarding downtown Atlanta, the arts and most importantly their relationship to the businesses and surrounding economy.
ELEVATE officially became an annual downtown arts program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in 2012. Now in the sixth year, the physical project area has been extended from coverage of three blocks to all of central downtown Atlanta. We expect ELEVATE 2016 programs and commissions to impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for our citizens, educate the public and gain global attention for our city as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city.
Elevate Art Contact Information
233 Peachtree St NE
Harris Tower Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30303
MUSEUMS & VISUAL ARTS
From a stately home on Peachtree Street to its current award-winning buildings in a spectacular setting, the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta has become the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. The High boasts a celebrated collection of classic to contemporary art, as well as renowned architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. With a dynamic schedule of special exhibitions, an extensive collection, innovative educational and family programs, meeting and event facilities, the Museum Shop, and several dining options, there is something for everyone at the High.
Atlanta, GA 30309
MURALS AND PUBLIC ART
Murals, street art, and public art is thriving in Atlanta. Atlanta’s outdoor art scene is not to be missed, from ever-changing installations on the BeltLine to murals painted during annual events like Forward Warrior, ELEVATE and Living Walls. Artists are constantly creating and changing the look of Atlanta with their creations in neighborhoods like Cabbagetown, Old Fourth Ward, East Atlanta Village, Downtown, Little Five Points, West Midtown and others. Where do you find Atlanta’s, Street Art? Krog Tunnel, the BeltLine Eastside, and Westside trails, Edgewood Avenue are just a few of the hot spots.
Atlanta, GA 30303
THEATRE & DANCE
These are just a few places, but there are more. Go to www.atlanta.net to all the info!
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