Artwork pickup 8am, Ursula Kendall Johnson 9am, Folk Art Park, Living Walls while parking, STREETMUSEUM, Streetcar, Beth Malone …Mother.
Downtown - Covered by Art, Sweat and Hopefully No Tears.
And here it is - the long awaited install week for Elevate Atlanta. For the next 5 days myself, our staff, our artists and our technicians will be hustling BIG TIME to get everything juuust right before the opening day (Friday). Here are some photos of artwork being installed, performances being rehearsed and on site skype meetings via tiny phone screens. I look forward to sharing this crazy, exciting and sure-to-be hectic week of public art event preparations with you.
- Courtney M. Hammond
The ever fabulous and glamorous Courtney Hammond of Dashboard Co-Op and The Office of Cultural Affairs/Elevate is curating Burnaway’s Tumblr this week to build up to Elevate 2013. I’m lucky enough to be participating in Elevate with a group performance piece called Mass Transit Muse led by the Brilliant Mike Molina and Heidi Howard. Super exciting.
This city is so cool.
"No Vacancy" & Arts-Driven Revitalization in ATL
This past weekend I attended the opening event for Dashboard Co-op’s “No Vacancy,” wherein two artists took up residency in an empty downtown building and completely transformed the interior, using it as a blank canvas.
The building is at 91 Broad Street SW, next to Miller’s Rexall. It was very exciting to see so many people lined up outside the entrance on a block that has struggled for many years with empty storefronts and illicit activity.
I thought this was a good example of the way art can be used to transform a struggling area. A recent news article points out Dasboard Co-op’s impressive commitment to revitalize the city’s more “unloved” areas by using them as spaces for exhibits and performances.
There has been much written about the power of art as a tool for creative placemaking, prompting people to look at neighborhoods in a different way and to see the possibilities for renewal that they couldn’t before. Atlanta is doing a good job of this, with Dashboard Co-op, Living Walls and Elevate leading the way.
This summer Out There Atlanta presents “Summer Sound Series,” a collection of interviews with artists who find inspiration in sound or directly use it in their works.
Andrew Hammond is a sound and voice artist and radio traffic reporter. Hammond’s interest in sound grew from an early love of…