Atlanta is about to get high, on culture, with the Elevate Atlanta festival, kicking off on Friday, October 17. Presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the weeklong event will feature over 100 artists participating in public art installations, music and dance performances, gallery shows and street art throughout downtown Atlanta. With the theme of “Social City,”
On Sunday, from 3:30 to 6pm, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is conducting the first Elevate Bicycle Tour, a 5-mile ride through downtown and Castleberry Hill to take in Elevate projects past and present. If you’re in a hurry and can handle a sales pitch, there’s also the Ford Art Tour, given in 2015 Ford cars.
Opening on Friday at 7pm at Gallery 72: A two-person exhibition featuring Altanta artist Branden Collins, whose work is based on various forms of masking and costuming, and French artist Joanie Lemercier, who will present digital sculptures and installations, in conjunction with the French Consulate and France Atlanta.
Then, at 8pm, the Block Party gets under way with performances and installations by the Mary Grace Phillips, WolfPack, Eyedrum, Mammal Gallery, DJ Wally Sparks, among others.
Among the week’s highlights:
The DUMPSTER Project, copresented with the Goat Farm, consists of 10 containers sited throughout downtown and transformed into unique environments by Marcus Kenney, Mike Black, Kris Pilcher, Dustin Chambers, Kevin Byrd & Mary Phillips, Igor Korsunskiy, David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez, Second Story, the Young Never Sleep, and the Relay Team, with performances by Chamber Cartel taking place at six of the containers. (Check out some photos of the installation process on our Flickr page.)
Joanie Lemercier’s light projection at 55 Marietta Street.
Romy Maloon’s TV test pattern made of synthetic flowers installed on a building facade in the Fairlie-Poplar district.
An installation by Casey Lynch at Peachtree and Ellis Streets.
On Saturday, October 18, at 3pm at Gallery 72, GSU urban studies professorTim Crimmins and artist Danielle Roney discuss issues of social interconnectedness, community development, art, and urban growth.
On Monday, October 20, at 5pm, the French performance troupe La Passante will stroll the streets around the Five Points/Broad Street Marta station in giant parasol costumes that passersby are invited to enter for a poetic respite.
On Wednesday, October 22 at noon at Gallery 72, Joanie Lemercier gives an artist talk.
On Thursday, October 23, Dance Truck wraps up the festival with a series of performances on its flatbed truck by such artists as including Corian Ellisor, at 81 Walton Street.
A full schedule of events and venues can be found here.