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Starting Friday, September 16 through Sunday, October 9, ELEVATE 2022: OPEN SPACES will take place in venues across Atlanta for fun-filled fall weekends! All events are open to the public.

“We invite you to join us for ELEVATE 2022 as we explore some of Atlanta’s most interesting and beautiful spaces this fall,” said Executive Director of the City of Atlanta’s – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta’s – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our theme is OPEN SPACES and many of the events will take place outdoors in parks, pavilions, and various public places. During this year’s festival, we will present music and dance performances, poetry readings, creative conversations, art installations, and interactive experiences to engage with the community, celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Atlanta, and enliven OPEN SPACES!”

The 2022 ELEVATE event answers questions such as how artists use space in their works and how public places become OPEN SPACES.

Here are a few exciting events that will be part of the ELEVATE 2022 Atlanta Public Art Festival!

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Sunset Carnavale

Using projection mapping technology, the Sunset Carnavale is an interactive art experience. This event will feature carnival dancers, music by Junkanoo Band, cosplayers, live painting, stilt walkers and tunes from some of Atlanta’s hottest DJs, including DJ Kemit and Salah Ananse. There will also be a performance by French underground icon, Moesha13. Enjoy this indoor/outdoor event on September 25 from 4 – 10 p.m. at the Ali at Lakewood, 1800 Jonesboro Rd SE, Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Art Week

Dedicated to showcasing art and culture as well as bringing awareness to Atlanta’s contemporary art scene, the Atlanta Art Week mission is to create strong support for artists, collectors and art enthusiasts. With activations in over 20 museums, galleries and non-profit spaces, this event will host tours, exhibitions and panel discussions. From September 29 to October 2, Atlanta Art Week and ELEVATE: OPEN SPACES will be collaborating for this special event. 

Visit www.AtlantaArtWeek.co for additional information.

“Come Together”

From September 30 to October 2, “Come Together” curated by Cat Eye Creative will unite the city for a group art exhibition showcasing work by Erin Nicole Henry, Lucy Luckovich, Andrew Munoz and Manic Lawd. This event will also feature a community mural painting, art education classes, artist talks and a fun block party! Located at 186 Mitchell St SW, events are immersive, all-inclusive and will take place in their indoor and outdoor galleries.

“Color and Body”

“Color and Body” will feature short story writer, professor and poet Opal Moore as she reads her original poetry and engages in conversation with an Atlanta audience. The event touches on subjects such as the physicality of color through the body as well as the aspect of science. Conceptualized by artist Deanna Sirlin’s exhibition, the event takes place on October 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Chastain Arts Center at 135 Chastain Park Ave NW, Atlanta, GA. Can’t make it to the event? No worries! A recording of this event will be available online.

Pops in the Park Concert

Celebrating Atlanta Pride Week, Atlanta Freedom Bands presents the Pops in the Park concert in Westside Park. The MetroGnomes Stage Band will open the show with swing hits and big band classics, followed by an incredible performance from the AFB Color Guard. Including pop tunes, marches, film music and more, this concert and marching band combination is sure to deliver a diverse and entertaining event. Bring snacks, a favorite blanket and enjoy the show! Join the fun on October 2 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Westside Park, located at 1660 Johnson Rd NW, Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Ninth

On October 8 at 8 p.m., Nathalie Stutzmann will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The performance will take place in Sifly Piazza. With outdoor seating available, guests are welcome to bring their own food, beverages and chairs. The concert will be live-streamed and available post-concert through social media, YouTube and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website for symphony fans who cannot attend. The show will take place at the Woodruff Art Center located at 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA, with security provided.

With the vision to enhance the quality of life through culture and art, the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs strives to contribute positively to Atlanta’s economic and social health. The mission behind ELEVATE is to support artists and art organizations, increase educational, rich and diverse cultural experiences, protect and preserve the city’s cultural heritage and strengthen its international reputation. 

For updates on ELEVATE 2022: OPEN SPACES, visit www.ElevateATLArt.com and follow along on social media for daily news!

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