A new art party of sorts is set to launch next month at Urban Sprout Farms in Southwest Atlanta. Dubbed the Phoenix Festival it will take place on November 15, from 12 to 6pm, and will offer a full day of art, literature, and live music. The event is organized by Davy Minor of Deer Bear Wolf—the record label-press-magazine-online store amalgam—and other creatives from the Atlanta arts community Bang! Arts, Common Ground, Make Blackout Poetry, Vouched, and sQuish.
The impetus for the festival lies in its location. Founded in 2010 by Nuri Icgoren, Urban Sprout Farms begun making its mark in the Atlanta community by way of certain pop-up, “guerilla” farming methods, in which they would convert neglected plots of land in urban areas into edible gardens. Now, Icgoren and his team of biodynamic agrarians have set up a permanent location for their farm at an abandoned motel near Lakewood Amphitheater. Part of their property has been transformed into sustainable farming land, which provides produce to the likes of Rathbun’s Steakhouse, Boxcar Grocer, and Atlanta Food Coalition.
Wanting to help out their friends at Urban Sprout, Minor and company decided to organize a festival with the intention of garnering publicity and raising funds for the farm and its potential future developments, which includes turning the other half of their property into a live-in arts community.
Minor has curated Phoenix’s live music program, which includes the bands Little Tybee, Landline, Red Sea, Factory, and Lily and the Tigers. Minor spent six years managing his popular music blog, the now-defunct Ohmpark, before launching DBW—whose zoological title serves as a light persiflage of the profusion of bands that take on animal monikers—in early 2014. The aim of Minor’s endeavor, which has already earned a strong following, is to bring together Atlanta’s sweeping art scene, to make it more accessible to the city’s residents, by administering a broad range of platforms and creative outlets.
Also at the Phoenix Festival, Atlanta artists selected by street artist Ray Geier, aka sQuish will be creating murals and installations on the farm’s grounds. Artist Mike Germon will be constructing an installation piece for the festival, as well.
Around the motel’s pool, visitors will encounter artist vendors, food trucks, and several literary readings. The readings, curated by the small press Vouched and poet John Carroll of Make Blackout Poetry, will include the writers Matt DeBenedictis, Cristen Conger, Abby Mae Carney, Travis Broyles, Michael Hessel-Mial, Alex Pope, and Jon Irwin.
Phoenix Festival is now accepting applications for potential art vendors.
Entry to the festival is free with RSVP.