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ELEVATE 2015

ELEVATE 2015- Forever I Love Atlanta (F.I.L.A)

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Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta, ELEVATE exhibits large scale public artwork and offers performance, educational opportunities and cultural experiences free to the public with the mission of instigating positive urban growth.  The curator for ELEVATE 2015 is visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou.

The goal of the this year’s event will be to generate a heightened sense of pride in the city of Atlanta and what it offers to the nation and the world. Operating under the theme F(orever) I L(ove) A(tl) – F.I.L.A., a 9-day celebration of what makes Atlanta unique and special through visual art, performances and events that showcase Atlanta – past, present and future.  Inspired by its rise from the ashes of Sherman’s war campaign, Atlanta is represented by the phoenix. Today, she continues to reinvent herself. ELEVATE 2015 is a celebration of Atlanta, where she’s been, where she is now and where she is going!

 

The Main Event


Thursday, October 15th

Opening Reception and Exhibition Opening

Gallery 72| 5pm-7pm- Featuring the Art of Organized Noize

 

Friday, October 16th

Block Party

Woodruff Park| 7pm-10pm- Hosted by Emperor Searcy. Featuring DJ Jelly, Speakerfoxxx, JIVA, Wabi Sabi, and Atlanta Stilt Dancing.

Week-Long Installations by:

Chris Chambers, Heritage High School, Jason Kofke, Joseph Dreher, Kitty Pope, Lionel Daniel, Lumumba Mogerie, Max Woo, Nelly Bonilla, Rachel K. Garceau, Bent Frequency, Sanithna Phansvanh, Angela Davis Johnson, AllWays Open, Creative/ Brandon Sadler, balmori Associates, Vek Neal and Rico Wade.

 

Full List of Events

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Art of Organized Noize Exhibition | Opening Reception & Exhibition Opening

Gallery 72 | 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 5pm – 7pm

When Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Pat “Sleepy” Brown formed Organized Noize in the early 1990s, hip-hop was in the midst of a vicious (and ultimately fatal) bi-coastal turf war.  While historically polarized between (North) East Coast rap artists and West Coast rap artists, Organized Noize completely changed the direction of hip-hop culture, its sounds and expression.

This exhibition traces the legacy of Organized Noize and their Dungeon Family Collective (which includes Outkast, Goodie Mob, Joi, Slimm Cutta Calhoun, Big Rube and more) from their dirt-floor basements to stages around the world. The exhibition features archival items from Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family including photographs, artwork, studio equipment, notebooks, costumes and more.

Friday, October 16, 2015

ELEVATE 2015 Block Party

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 7pm – 10pm

Hosted by Emperor Searcy and featuring DJ Jelly, Speakerfoxxx, JIVA, Wabi Sabi and Atlanta Stilt Dancing

 Week-long Installations by:

Chris Chambers, Heritage High School, Jason Kofke, Joseph Dreher & #WeLoveAtl, Gwendolyn  “Kitty” Pope, Lionel Daniel, Lumumba Mogerie, Max Woo, Nelly Bonilla, Rachel K. Garceau, Bent Frequency, Sanithna Phansavanh, Angela Davis Johnson, AllWays Open Creative & Brandon Sadler, Balmori Associates, Vek Neal, Rico Wade and Ray Murray.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Art in the Park

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12pm – 3pm

With installation and performances by Max Henry Woo, Lionel Daniels and “Bent Frequency”. Live music on the Atlanta Streetcar.

Dance City Melting Pot – by Max Henry Woo

Members of the Atlanta Dance World, Zulu Nation, and Jungle Boogie crew will be collaborating and battling against each other in a series of performances showcasing the history and culture of Atlanta’s original and adopted Hip-Hop dance styles.

Rising Consciousness – by Lionel Daniels

Local painter, Lionel Daniels will participate in a live art performance painting historical images of Atlanta on canvas in Woodruff Park.

Music for a Captive Audience – by Bent FrequencyThis exhibit turns the newest downtown feature, The Atlanta Streetcar, into Atlanta’s first mobile performance venue. For 14 hours during ELEVATE 2015, musicians from Atlanta’s premiere contemporary music ensemble Bent Frequency will occupy the street cars to give free concerts to riders for the duration of the loop route. These performances will offer visitors, concertgoers and adventure seekers a unique sonic landscape and will feature 12 musicians performing in various combinations of solos, duos, trios, and quartets.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

LiFT Salon

Gallery 72 – Auditorium | 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 3pm – 5pm

Hosted by Nasim Mahboubi Fluker and Clint Fluker, LiFT Art Salon is a monthly gathering of young professionals, artists and social activists. The organization is aimed to foster dialogue and inspire creative solutions to the problems that face society and Atlanta’s broader community. LiFT’s monthly salon format provides a space for local emerging visual artists, musicians and social entrepreneurs to build community, share ideas and learn about innovative projects in and around the city.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Art in the Park

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12pm – 3pm

With installation and performances by Max Henry Woo, Lionel Daniels and “Bent Frequency” Live Music on the Atlanta Streetcar.

 

ELEVATE 2015 Curator Tour

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 1pm – 2pm

Join curator Fahamu Pecou on a guided tour of ELEVATE “Forever I Love Atlanta (FILA)”. Tour will begin in Woodruff Park.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NEXT: Raising the Temperature with New Arts Organizations Panel Discussion Moderated by Bem Joiner

Gallery 72 – Auditorium | 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Atlanta’s contemporary arts scene is thriving and this is partially due to the spirit of innovation evidenced by the explosion of new arts organizations, collectives, institutions and funding sources. This panel will allow the public to hear from some of these new organizations and learn about their programs, their vision and why they believe Atlanta is the ‘Silicon Valley’ of creative start-ups.

Panelists include: In Art, ATL Art Girls, T. Lang Dance Company, and Atlanta Creative Mornings

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Art in the Park

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12pm – 3pm

With installation and performances by Max Henry Woo, Lionel Daniels and “Bent Frequency” Live Music on the Atlanta Streetcar.

The Art of Organized Noize Panel Discussion Moderated by Maurice Hobson, PhD

The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University | 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 7pm – 9pm

Learn about the history and legacy of Organized Noize directly from the source. Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Pat “Sleepy” Brown discuss the origins and impact their work has had on hip hop culture in Atlanta, the South and globally.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion Moderated by Burnaway’s Stephanie Cash

Gallery 72 – Auditorium | 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Atlanta’s arts institutions are critical to the overall cultural landscape. However n a city that’s constantly changing in tastes, styles and even geographically, determining the most effective means of engagement can be a challenge. Join us as we talk with representatives from Atlanta’s premiere institutions in a conversation about engagement, outreach, programming and more.

Panelist include: High Museum, MocaGA, The Contemporary, Spelman Museum and Zuckerman Museum of Art’s Critics

Friday, October 23, 2015

Art in the Park

Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 12pm – 3pm

With installation and performances by Max Henry Woo, Lionel Daniels and “Bent Frequency” Live Music on the Atlanta Streetcar.

interSessions: The Artx Hip Hop Dialogues

The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University | 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 7pm – 9pm

Fahamu Pecou Art presents interSessions™, a series of curated conversations between notable figures from the arts community and the hip-hop community mediated by artist Fahamu Pecou. The series is dedicated to interrogating art and hip-hop not as isolated encounters, but rather where they intersect, how they complement and enhance each other, and, ultimately, how in conversation they act to transgress the status quo.

 

ELEVATE’s  History :: From Elevate, Art Above Underground (the exhibit) to Elevate (the annual art program).

Launched in 2011, the first exhibition of Elevate, Elevate//Art Above Underground,  hosted 15 events and 40 performances over 66 days. Artwork filled vacant properties, street corners and plazas to showcase artwork ranging from 13 story murals to contemporary dance, video, installation and poetry. Although public funding allocated through our percent for art program was the direct source for the artist commissions, additional funding to execute an exhibition of this caliber was provided through local Atlanta businesses. Donation of art space, hotel rooms, theatrical lighting, food, advertising and cash support nearly doubled the exhibitions initial budget, demonstrating the immediate community support. This intensive cultural programming brought in 13,313 new visitors to downtown Atlanta.

At the end of the program, downtown property owners and businesses adopted the bulk of the visual work commissioned through Elevate. The artwork has now been incorporated into the permanent downtown landscape. In addition to the adopted artwork, other aesthetic improvements to the downtown district were implemented surrounding the close of Elevate. Underground Atlanta was publicly earmarked for a potential art space by Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed.

Elevate strives to build bridges in the downtown community though partnerships and collaboration. The total amount of partnerships formed in Elevate 2011 was 19, including Universities, not for profit organizations, government organizations and private businesses. Within one month following the close of Elevate 2011, 101 local, national and international articles were published regarding downtown Atlanta, the arts and most importantly their relationship to the businesses and surrounding economy.

Elevate officially became an annual downtown arts program of the Office of Cultural Affairs in 2012. Now in the fifth year, the physical project area has been extended from coverage of three blocks to all of central downtown Atlanta. Partnerships have grown to include contemporary museums such as the High and MocaGA as has local community support and volunteer base.  We expect Elevate 2015 programs and commissions to impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for our citizens, educate the public and gain global attention for our city as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city.

 

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