Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Elevate set to return to Broad Street in mid-October

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Artists HENSE and BORN collaborating on a South Broad Street wall during last years Elevate
  • Dustin Chambers
  • Artists HENSE and BORN collaborating on a South Broad Street wall during last year's Elevate
Elevate, the city's Office of Cultural Affairs' public art commissioning program, has been confirmed to take place next month for the third consecutive year.

The weeklong event, scheduled to take place from October 18 to 26, will feature public art installations, public performances, other programmed events in an attempt to "reclaim" portions of Broad Street throughout its duration.

"It's important that any art work or performance that we bring to the city inspires businesses and residents alike," OCA Director Camille Russell Love recently said in a statement. "Changing the perception of a city takes an enormous surge of energy and dedication, but through carefully crafted partnerships and a common love of art, we have been able to 'elevate' the community's perception of downtown Atlanta."

The lineup, which focuses around the theme "Transit: Time, People & Places," will include works from photographer Sheila Pree Bright, muralist Sarah Emerson, theatrical artist Mike Molina, Clark Atlanta University gallerist Tina Dunkley, Dashboard Co-op co-founder Beth Malone, among others.

It'll also feature "Moving in a Creative Atlanta," a panel moderated by the AJC's Tom Sabulis about transit, art, accessibility, and transportation. The guest speaker will inlude MARTA CEO Keith Parker, Atlanta Beltline CEO Paul Morris, Mayor Kasim Reed's Senior Transportation Policy Advisor Tom Weyandt, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna, and the Atlanta Regional Commission Principal Planner Cain Williamson.

The Downtown arts project will not take place at the city's new gallery at 72 Marietta Street, the former Atlanta Journal-Constitution building that its parent company Cox Enterprises gifted in 2010. Love previously told CL that she hoped the gallery would host an Elevate exhibit after Atlanta City Council approved $750,000 in funding last June.

But Reed spokeswoman Anne Torres says the project has experienced construction delays with "fabrications for new portions" of the building, namely a lime green vertical column.

"We're hoping to put the first exposition up by the first of [next] year," Torres says.

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