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ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival Features Music, Art, Dance, Murals, Movies & More in October

ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival Features Music, Art, Dance, Murals, Movies & More in October

October 15, 2021 at 1:00:00 PM

The festival will feature beautiful artwork by Atlanta artists as well as exciting and thought-provoking cultural events.

The ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival continues every weekend in October. The festival will feature beautiful artwork by Atlanta artists as well as exciting and thought-provoking cultural events. Attendees will enjoy art exhibitions, dance performances, movie screenings, theater productions, community mural painting days, musical performances in city parks and so much more.

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

Here are highlights of October events that ELEVATE is curating, 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 am-4 pm on Oct 2

Midtown Alliance and their founding partners present the first district-wide studio gallery crawl at Midtown’s newest studio spaces for the launch of their Heart of the Arts Residency Program. Guests can meet artists beginning with Jasmine Nicole Williams at Atlanta History Center Midtown and Jamaal Barber, Lillian Blades, Dr. Bojana Ginn and Patricia Hernandez at CODA. For times & locations click HERE.

At Least Six Feet Dance Performance by Beacon Dance at CODA Plaza from 1-3 pm on Oct 2

This is a site-specific movement and sound performance event by Beacon Dance created for the CODA plaza. Directed by D. Patton White, this work is a response to the many ways in which our society has transformed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 756 W. Peachtree St.

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

This new film by choreographer and filmmaker Juel D. Lane was created during COVID-19 quarantine under the commission of the Guggenheim Works and Process. 756 W. Peachtree St.

New Mural by Margo Perkins at Midtown Wash

This new mural pays homage to a local business in the Midtown neighborhood and promotes beautification in the area.  Check it out when you are in Midtown! 307 6th Street NE.

DOWNTOWN October 8-10

“Bridges Through the Pandemic” Solo Art Exhibit by George Galbreath at P2 Gallery at 7 pm on Oct 8

This dynamic indoor and outdoor exhibit will feature art inspired by Galbreath’s pandemic experience and will feature a dance performance choreographed by Lindsay Renea. Please RSVP HERE. Castleberry Hill, 249 Peters St.

ELEVATE Celebrates Dance! Video Presentation on Georgia State University CMII Screen from Oct 8-10

Enjoy dance performances created by Atlanta artists and organizations last year as a response to the pandemic and its impact on the human spirit. Screen is at the corner of Edgewood & Park Place

Bridging Broad - Group Exhibition at Cat Eye Creative at various times from Oct 8-10

Eye Creative is bringing South Downtown alive for ELEVATE Atlanta with vibrant murals created by artists including George F. Baker III, Chris Veal, VAYNE, AESEK, and Lucy Luckovich; a large-scale outdoor photography exhibit with work by Kristin Ferro, Nicole Hernandez, Chilly-O, Matt Swinsky, Elliot Liss, and QUANATL; an exterior neon exhibition by Tayler Drattlo; and a gallery exhibition with 30 of Atlanta artists including Adam Crawford, Diana Toma, and Julio Ceballos. RSVP HERE.186 Mitchell St. SW

Sweet Auburn History Telling Project from 12-3 pm

Come see the installation of three murals depicting Atlanta heroes and hear from Diyah Najah, Miriam Robinson, Noah Beich, and Shon Pittman, the artists who created the work! The murals will be installed on the Walden Building and the old Butler Street YMCA. This project is in collaboration with the Butler Street Community Development Corp.  28 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr.

ELEVATE at Underground from 4-8 pm on Oct 9

Celebrate the ATL and Atliens with Future Dead Artists’ pop-up gallery exhibition and love letter to our city, ATLANTA FOREVER, with a DJ spinning music by Atlanta artists setting the mood. Join artist Magda Dumitrscu in a collaborative community artwork and participate in the creation of a large-scale drawing. Check out Miriam Robinson’s 8’ tall crochet sculpture installation, The Light Within. Atlanta artists Charity "Cake" Hamidullah, Emmy Marshall, John Glover, Quamaine Giles and Ruby Chavez have beautifully painted five new carts as mini-galleries and local artists will be use them to display and sell their unique items! Project curated by ARTiculate. 50 Upper Alabama St.

WESTSIDE October 15-17

Nuestra Creacion Annual Exhibition by Latinx Artists at Guardian Studios from 6-9 pm on Oct 15

This annual event empowers and showcases the work of Latinx artists by presenting their art to broader audiences. Artists include Atomik, Victoria Garcia, Jessica Caldas, Catalina Gomez and Matéo Penado. *Also Oct 16 from 2-8 pm and Oct 17 from 2-6 pm. 694 Jefferson Street NW.  RSVP HERE.

Idle Crimes & Heavy Work Dance Performance at Whittier Mill Park from 2-4 pm on Oct 17

Witness a powerful, interactive dance performance and dialogue by Giwayen Mata and Moving Our Stories exploring the history of Black women’s incarcerated labor, resistance, and restoration in Georgia. Joining the conversation will be Donna Stephens (Founder of The Descendants of the Chattahoochee Brick Coalition) and Victoria Lemos (Archive Atlanta) to discuss Women in Convict Leasing. Whittier Mill Park was chosen for this event because of its proximity and relationship to the Chattahoochee Brick Company historic site. 2975 Wales Ave. NW

A Dance, Reunited Dance Performance, Film Screening, & Panel at Atlanta Contemporary at 3 pm: Oct 17

ELEVATE is collaborating with France-Atlanta and Atlanta Contemporary to present A Dance, Reunited. The event will feature a screening of Letters from the Continent, a film conceived and shot in 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 will be film creator Faustin Linyekula and Angela Harris, Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas. Closing the program will be a dance performance of a new work, “Tokoliana,” choreographed by Indya Childs. This contemporary African dance work was inspired by Congolese music group KOKOKO! whose song about the struggle and greed in their country is set to upbeat music capturing the optimism of the people. 535 Means St. NW

SOUTHEAST October 22-24

Emblem of Advocacy Mural by Jessica Blinkhorn Installation in East Atlanta Village from Oct 22-24

This mural represents the Disabled and Aging communities and will feature images of seven Atlanta residents who advocate simply by living their life as if their lives were without limitations in a society that limits them. Jessica is an individual with a disability, a working artist, and arts instructor in Atlanta. Her mural design will be installed by her 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 pm-9 pm on Oct 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 partnering with muralists, The Lotus Eaters Club, for an all-day Live mural painting event. Ten local artists will paint over 1,000 square feet of murals on the walls of the Artist Cove at The Beacon, an industrial complex turned shopping, dining, and arts destination. The event DJs spinning, live bands, performance art, and an artist market. Local breweries and food trucks will be onsite. 1039 Grant Street SE A-33

Poets for the Revolution: A Virtual Protest – Documentary Screening at Buteco at 5 pm on Oct 23

The debut documentary from poet Ashlee Haze and creative director Ian A. Louis was birthed out of the protests of 2020, and the desire to create meaningful art during a global pandemic. The film spotlights the work of 5 Atlanta based poets and centers on the concept of revolution and the role of local artists in social justice. 1039 Grant St SE Suite C-10

Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics with Algebra Blessett in Concert at Westside Park from 2-5 pm: Oct 24

Join us for the funk and Stax-style Southern soul of Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics. Add an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and R&B with singer, songwriter Algebra Blessett, and it’s sure to be a fabulous afternoon in the park!  1621 Johnson Rd. NW

Praise House Project Preview at South-View Cemetery by Charmaine Minniefield from 2-5 pm on Oct 24

In response to laws forbidding gathering, enslaved people created Praise Houses - small wooden structures (barns or shacks) - used for worship throughout the Southeast. This event will be a preview of the Praise House coming to South-View Cemetery and will include a projection installation, music, performances, and a celebration in honor of the African American history of the City of Atlanta. We will journey through time with music past to present. We will Ring Shout in honor of the ancestors and march in a procession of praise through these sacred grounds. Guests may also take guided tours to learn the history of Atlanta’s earliest African American cemetery where John Lewis and others now rest. 1990 Jonesboro Rd SE

SOUTHWEST October 29-31

Dance Performance of “Permanent” by Komanse Dance Theatre at Fort Mac at 7 pm on Oct 29

This event will feature a live performance of the newest 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 art experiences inspired by works by Black artists in the museum’s collection. Audience members will experience the premiere performance as well as an intimate Q&A with the artists. This event is outside at Fort Mac. 1794 Walker Ave SW

11th Annual MUSIC IN THE PARK at Gordon White Park from 1-6 pm on Oct 30

In collaboration with ELEVATE, the 11th Annual MUSIC IN THE PARK will be an incredible day of fun for the community featuring 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 Blvd SW

ELEVATE Closing Weekend Celebration at THE MET from 6-10 pm on Oct 30

Music by 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

Drive-In Screening of Boo2! A Madea Halloween at Fort Mac at 7 pm on Oct 30

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

The City of Atlanta - Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ vision is to enhance 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; nurture 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.

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