Head downtown this August and take part in cultural arts from around the community.
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program officially launches Elevate / Art Above Underground August 26 – October 30, 2011. Elevate / Art Above Underground, is a temporary art event featuring innovative projects by local, national and international artists along the Upper Alabama Street Corridor and surrounding areas in central downtown Atlanta.
Elevate / Art Above Underground as an initiative of the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program, brings public art to downtown Atlanta that will stimulate an emerging interest in public art and downtown Atlanta. Elevate will present an assortment of exhibitions ranging from large murals to highly conceptual art with a focus on showcasing local talent.
“Underground Atlanta is looking forward to the launch of Elevate/Art Above Underground,” says William P. Ciccaglione, General Manager of Underground Atlanta. “Stimulating educational, economic and cultural growth, the arts play a vital role in our community and we are thrilled to be a part of this unique public art program that will highlight Underground Atlanta and our vibrant downtown.”
During the month of May, the Office of Cultural Affairs offered workshops for the artists, to assist them in understanding the vision for Elevate. Artists were instructed on how best to conceptualize working in a downtown environment with the hopes of encouraging art that interact meaningfully with a downtown audience.
Programming for Elevate / Art Above Underground, will continue throughout the 66 days and be free and open to the public. Artists and Organizations supported by Elevate and The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs are as follows:
2 Kids and a Dream
Sunday Southern Art Revival
Théâtre du Rêve
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a variety of cultural offerings in order to inspire residents and visitors to experience Atlanta’s cultural community. The Public Art Program is responsible for public art stewardship within the City of Atlanta. For more information visit: www.ocaatlanta.com/Elevate