ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival features music, art, dance, murals, films and more


ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival features music, art, dance, murals, movies and more in October

The ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival continues every weekend in October. The festival will feature beautiful works of art from Atlanta artists as well as exciting and stimulating cultural events. Participants will enjoy art exhibitions, dance performances, film screenings, theater productions, community mural days, musical performances in city parks and much more.

“In an effort to support independent artists and cultural organizations, we are working with the arts community across the city,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We have five more community event weekends to promote and our own programming to share in the Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods of southwest Atlanta. Museums and sites have COVID-19 protocols in place, and when people attend events, we encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations as we move forward safely. “

Here are the highlights of the October events that ELEVATE is hosting, presenting or producing. All events are free, but some require an RSVP.

MIDTOWN October 1-3

Heart of the Arts Studio Crawl & Exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 2

Midtown Alliance and its founding partners present the first district-wide studio gallery exploration in the latest Midtown studio spaces to launch their Heart of the Arts residency program. Guests can meet artists starting with Jasmine Nicole Williams at Atlanta History Center Midtown and Jamaal Barber, Lillian Blades, Dr. Bojana Ginn and Patricia Hernandez at CODA. For times and locations, click HERE.

At least six feet Beacon Dance dance show at CODA Plaza from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 2

This is a site specific sound and movement performance event by Beacon Dance created for CODA Square. Directed by D. Patton White, this work is a response to the many transformations in our society following the COVID-19 pandemic. 756 West Peachtree Street

Screening of “SAMO 365” by Juel D. Lane at CODA at 2:30 pm, 4 pm and 5:30 pm on October 2

This new film by choreographer and filmmaker Juel D. Lane premiered during the COVID-19 quarantine under the commission of the Guggenheim Works and Process. 756 West Peachtree Street

Documentary AILEY at the Rich Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center at 7 p.m. on October 3

The Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta present this screening as part of ELEVATE Atlanta. Alvin Ailey was a pioneer who found salvation through dancing. The film features exhilarating archival footage. Moderate conversation after the film. This event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE. 1280 Peachtree Street NE

New mural by Margo Perkins in Midtown Wash

This new mural pays homage to a local business in the Midtown district and promotes the beautification of the region. Check it out when you’re in Midtown! 307 6th Street NE.

DOWNTOWN October 8-10

Solo art exhibition “Bridges: Through the Pandemic” by George Galbreath at Gallery P2 at 7 pm on October 8

This vibrant indoor and outdoor exhibit will showcase artwork inspired by the Galbreath pandemic experience and feature a dance performance choreographed by Lindsay Renea. Please RSVP HERE. Castleberry Hill, 249 Peters Street

ELEVATE celebrates dancing! Video presentation on Georgia State University’s CMII screen October 8-10

Enjoy dance performances created by Atlanta artists and organizations last year in response to the pandemic and its impact on the human spirit. The screen is located at the corner of Edgewood and Park Place

Bridging Broad – Group Show at Cat Eye Creative at various times October 8-10

Eye Creative brings South Downtown to life for ELEVATE Atlanta with vibrant murals created by artists such as George F. Baker III, Chris Veal, VAYNE, AESEK and Lucy Luckovich; a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition with works by Kristin Ferro, Nicole Hernandez, Chilly-O, Matt Swinsky, Elliot Liss and QUANATL; an outdoor neon exhibit by Tayler Drattlo; and a gallery exhibition with 30 Atlanta artists, including Adam Crawford, Diana Toma and Julio Ceballos. 186 Mitchell Street SW

RAISE at the metro from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 9

Celebrate ATL and Atlanteans with the Future Dead Artists pop-up gallery exhibit and love letter to our city, ATLANTA FOREVER, with DJ music performed by Atlanta artists setting the mood. Join artist Magda Dumitrscu in a collaborative community piece of art and participate in the creation of a large-scale drawing. Check out Miriam Robinson’s 8ft tall crochet sculpture installation, The Light Within. Watch artists paint the famous Underground art carts, curated by ARTiculate. 50 Upper Alabama St.

WESTSIDE October 15-17

Latinx artists’ annual Nuestra Creacion exhibit at Guardian Studios from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 15

This annual event showcases the work of Latinx artists and aims to empower them social and economic by showcasing their art to a wider audience. * Also on October 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and October 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. 785 Echo Street NO

A dance, reunited Dance performance, film screening and panel at Atlanta Contemporary at 3 p.m.: October 17

ELEVATE collaborates with France-Atlanta and Atlanta Contemporary to present A dance, reunited. The event will include a screening of Letters from the continent, a film designed and shot in May and June 2020 with 21 artists from Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Maputo, Moroni and Tunis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Afterwards, a panel of artists and community leaders will discuss the resurgence of the global arts community during the pandemic. Leading the panel are film creator Faustin Linyekula and Angela Harris, Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas. The program will close with the performance of a new work, “Tokoliana”, by India Childs and dancers. This contemporary African dance work was inspired by the Congolese music group KOKOKO! whose song about the struggle and greed in their country is set to catchy music capturing the hope and optimism of the people. 535 Means Street NO

SOUTH EAST 22-24 October

Defense Emblem Mural by Jessica Blinkhorn Installation in the village of East Atlanta October 22-24

This mural represents the communities of disabled and aging people and will feature images of seven current Atlanta residents who are campaigning simply by living their lives as if their lives were limitless in a society that limits them. Jessica is a disabled person, a working artist, and a painting and drawing teacher in Atlanta. His mural design will be installed by his art students. Global Grub Collective at 479 Flat Shoals Ave SE

Color the Cove: A Mural Event by Arts Beacon Gallery and Lotus Eaters Club from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 23

Arts Beacon Gallery is a small experimental art gallery and studio in Grant Park run by local artists Jena Dost, Erin Wicker and Erin Drakeford. They are teaming up with muralists, The Lotus Eaters Club, for an all-day live mural event. Ten local artists will paint over 1,000 square feet of murals on the walls of Artist Cove at The Beacon, an industrial complex turned into a shopping, dining and art destination. The event revolves around DJs, live bands, performance art and an artists’ market. Local breweries and food trucks will be on site. 1039 Grant Street SE A-33

Poets for the Revolution: A Virtual Protest – Screening of the documentary at Buteco at 5 p.m. on October 23

Poet Ashlee Haze and Creative Director Ian A. Louis’ debut documentary was born out of the protests of 2020 and the desire to create meaningful art during a global pandemic. The film highlights the work of 5 Atlanta-based poets and focuses on the concept of revolution and the role of local artists in social justice. 1039 Grant Street SE Suite C-10

South-View Cemetery House of Worship Project by Charmaine Minniefield from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 24

In response to laws prohibiting cultural expression or assembly, slaves established houses of worship – small structures usually made of wood (barns or huts) – used for worship throughout the Southeast. This event celebrating the installation of the Praise House in South-View will be a full-fledged family reunion in honor of the African-American history of the city of Atlanta. We will travel through time in memory with movement music from past to present, curated by Dj Cozy Shawn. We will sound the Cry in Honor of the Ancestors with Giwayen Mata, and walk with Mausiki Scales and Common Ground as they lead a worship procession through these sacred lands. 1990 Jonesboro Road SE

SOUTH-WEST October 29-31

“Permanent” dance performance by Komanse Dance Theater in Fort Mac at 7 pm on October 29

This event will feature a live performance of the latest creation from “Permanent”. “Permanent” is a unique collaboration between ADAMA and Komanse Dance Theater in partnership with the High Museum of Art. The performances are original interdisciplinary artistic experiences inspired by works by black artists from the museum’s collection. Members of the public will attend the first performance as well as an intimate question-and-answer session with the artists. This event is outside at Fort Mac. 1794 Walker Avenue southwest

11e Annual MUSIC IN THE PARK at Gordon White Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 30

In collaboration with ELEVATE, the 11e The annual MUSIC IN THE PARK will be an incredible day of community fun with performances by Brenda Nicole Moorer, Kebbi Williams and WolfPack, Julie Dexter, Kevin Oliver, DJ Cozy Shawn, Zacchae’us Paul and Russell Gunn and the Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra! 1350 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard southwest

ELEVATE closing weekend celebration at the MET from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 30

The music of Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit will get the crowd moving. Guests will enjoy live performances, fashion shows, food trucks and exciting surprise guests! RSVP HERE. 675 Metropolitan Parkway SW

Tyler Perry’s Boo2 Driving Projection! A Halloween Madea at Fort Mac at 7 p.m. on October 30

Start your Halloween with this hilarious comedy-horror film written, directed and performed by Tyler Perry starring Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Diamond White, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Brock O’Hurn and Tito Ortiz. Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture into a haunted campground and must flee for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the bogeyman are unleashed. This event is outside. 1794 Walker Avenue southwest

The vision of the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is to improve the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse and educational cultural experiences; encourage artists and arts organizations; preserve and protect the city’s cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta’s international reputation. ELEVATE is a program of the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

For more details and the latest updates on ELEVATE 2021: REOPEN, REIGNITE & RECONNECT, visit the website, elevateatlart.com. And follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



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