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Special Projects

Bringing Special Art Projects to Atlanta!

The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is designed to support strong, livable communities and increased creative activities along the Atlanta BeltLine.

ABI’s desire is for selected art to be reflective of the unique histories and cultures of Atlanta’s communities, improve the connectivity between neighborhoods and increase access to cultural amenities.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2018 will feature a variety of art forms, activities, and events for audiences to enjoy and actively participate in.

We are proud to partner with organizations to bring to Atlanta “Special Projects” for the 2018 season.

“The breadth and scope of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine this year reflects the Atlanta BeltLine’s renewed commitment to connecting with communities on a deeper level,” said Brian P. McGowan, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “To celebrate our shared public spaces with art, music, and culture strengthens our sense of place and makes our neighborhoods come alive.”

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We are proud to partner with organizations to bring to Atlanta “Special Projects” for the 2018 season.

Check out all the upcoming art events below. (If none are listed, come back soon as we will post events as they are confirmed)

A Pictorial History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta

From July 7 through December 1, 2018, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine will host the photography exhibition “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968,” curated by historian and author Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Ph.D.

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    Dr. Martin Luther King is given a welcome home kiss by his wife Coretta, following his release from Reidsville State Prison.

  • Civil Rights Photo
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    Fighting to end Jim Crow laws.

  • Civil Rights Photo
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    American blacks register to vote in the July 4 Georgia Democratic Primary in Atlanta on May 3, 1944. (AP Photo)

The exhibition stretches across 4 miles on the Eastside and Westside Trails of the Atlanta BeltLine; making it the longest public photography exhibition on civil and human rights in the United States.

The photography is sourced from Dr. Sims-Alvarado’s book Images of America: Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968 (Arcadia Publishing, 2017). The book is a portable exhibition that offers a pictorial history of the modern civil rights movement in Atlanta, curated from photographs largely taken by award-winning Associated Press photojournalists. From testing the landmark US Supreme Court decision in Smith v. Allwright to mourning the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition illustrates how Atlanta came to be recognized as the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement.

“Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968” will be presented across four miles of the Eastside and Westside Trails, making it the longest outdoor exhibition on civil and human rights in the United States. Marrying her experiences as a museum professional and historian, Dr. Sims-Alvarado says, “The photographs tell a beautiful narrative of the struggle, fortitude, and organizational strength of a people determined to eradicate Jim Crow segregation once and for all.”

“Honoring the nation’s civil rights leadership right here on the Atlanta BeltLine is so fitting considering that many of the movement’s leaders lived in BeltLine neighborhoods,” said Brian P. McGowan, President and CEO of the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. “We are committed to using our public art program to celebrate and highlight the history and unique culture of our neighborhoods – it is this culture that makes Atlanta great.

Celebrating the city’s legacy as the epicenter of the civil rights movement, Dr. Sims-Alvarado used historic photographs to document and to identify the cross-generation of Atlanta activists who changed history – many of whom resided in the neighborhoods around the Atlanta BeltLine.

To ensure that the arts and the learning of the city’s history are accessible to all, she says, “This massive public exhibition allows families in Atlanta to boast that they have a museum, not bound by walls, just walking distance from their homes or schoolyards. They can learn the names and identify the faces of community residents or relatives, both past and present, who helped secure civil and human rights for citizens 100 years since the ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.”

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is the CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving African-American history and culture. Dr. Sims-Alvarado has developed a model for utilizing historical and cultural assets as a catalyst for economic and community development and has worked with some of Atlanta’s leading institutions: the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, Herndon Home Museum, and Central Atlanta Progress.


Our Sponsors

This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors:

  • Atlanta Beltline, Inc.
  • Art on the Beltline
  • Preserve Black Atlanta, Inc.
  • District 3, Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory L. Young, Jr.
  • Home Depot Cascade, Store 0130
  • H.J. Russell & Company
  • Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Central Atlanta Progress
  • Fulton County Arts and Culture
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Herndon Home Museum
  • Matlock Advertising and Public Relations
  • Post 3 At-Large, Councilmember Andre Dickens
  • Post 2 At-Large, Matt Westmoreland

Theatrical Performances Promise Catalyzing Experiences

The Alliance Theatre fulfills its mission of expanding hearts and minds by engaging the local community in dynamic cultural conversations and experiences. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast and is eager to bring live performances to the Atlanta BeltLine.

As a part of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. initiative to provide free, accessible art to all Atlantans, the Alliance Theatre is teaming up with the Atlanta BeltLine for performances and programming along the corridor.

Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre will be performing shows on the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor.

“We are delighted to collaborate with the Alliance Theatre, whose values perfectly align with our own,” said Brian McGowan, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “Partnering with an engaged and inclusive arts and culture organization furthers the Atlanta BeltLine spirit of community, equity, and diversity in our public spaces. We are excited to find more opportunities to collaborate with the Woodruff Arts Center family in the future.”

Event Schedule

Stay tuned for more details and get ready for spectaclular outdoor performances by the Alliance Theatre on the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor!

Performances are free and open to the public.

 

Symphonic Performances Hit All the Right Notes

The Atlanta Symphony is rooted in a passion for music and a commitment to being a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of the community. The Atlanta BeltLine provides the perfect venue for exhilarating performances that can lift spirits, promote inclusivity and build lasting connections through music and artistic excellence.

As a part of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. initiative to provide free, accessible art to all Atlantans, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Atlanta BeltLine for performances and programming along the corridor.

“Performing on the BeltLine is an important development in our mission to be ‘In Concert With Community,’” said ASO Executive Director Jennifer Barlament. “We are honored to be a collaborative partner with such an Atlanta treasure, and we look forward to connecting more Atlantans to the power of live orchestral music.”

Event Schedule

Stay tuned for more details and get ready for an amazing show by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor!

Performance are free and open to the public.

 

Connect to Art!

Follow the exhibition on social media. Look for #beltlineart

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For more information about Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, please contact:
Miranda Kyle
Arts and Culture Project Manager
Phone: 404-477-3636
Email:
mkyle@atlbeltline.org

Be a Sponsor!
Sponsorship opportunities are available for both Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and the Lantern Parade. Download sponsor packets to learn more:


For questions, contact:
Salisha Evans
Director of Partnerships
Salisha@atlblp.org

Tel: (404) 446-4408
Fax: (404) 446-4403

Our Sponsors

Art on the Atlanta Beltline Sponsors


Presenting

10th & Monroe
Georgia Natural Gas
Northside Hospital
Ponce City Market

Gold

MailChimp
Turner

Silver

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Patron

Flashpoint Artists Initiative

Government Sponsors

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Fulton County Arts and Culture
Fulton County
National Endowment for the Arts
Support From

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Supported by

Government Sponsors

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Fulton County Arts and Culture
Fulton County
National Endowment for the Arts

Major support for this project is provided by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Questions?

For more information about Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, please contact:
Miranda Kyle
Arts and Culture Project Manager
Phone: 404-477-3636
Email:
mkyle@atlbeltline.org

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jenny Odom
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Phone: 404-477-3659
Email:
jodom@atlbeltline.org