By Mary Margaret Stewart, Assistant Editor
From Oct. 14 through 21, downtown Atlanta plays host to ELEVATE: Enlighten, a public art festival. ELEVATE is a free and public event, put on by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
According to a recent press release, ELEVATE will feature artists who “will touch on issues surrounding the plight of veterans, issues of gentrification, and the power of healing through art, while art professionals will lead panels and workshops about public art trends, the business of being an artist, and community empowered projects.”
Festival events include live music and dance performances, murals, panel discussions, interactive art installations, spoken word poetry, and “an eclectic block party” to sign off the festival.
Panel discussions will be focusing on topics such as public art trends, copyrights for artists, funding art projects, and how social justice and art interact. Additionally, festival attendees will get the chance to see seven new murals downtown.
On Friday, Oct. 20 at Woodruff Park, TGIF Performance Showcase will show off dance, music and spoken word poetry from 7 to 10 p.m.
The next and final night, Oct. 21, Woodruff Park will host the ELEVATE Block Party from 6 to 11 p.m., featuring “fresh spins ranging from Afro-Latin to R&B and Techno by members of WERC CREW, Morph, and Choloteca.”
For more information about featured artists and panelists, or time and location for events, check out the event’s website by clicking here.