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Confluence Exhibit & Book Drive at Chastain Arts Center & Gallery

Chastain Arts Center & Gallery is hosting a Book Drive, in conjunction with the Confluence: The Art of F. Geoffrey Johnson exhibit .

The book drive will be ongoing while the exhibition is up through Friday, April 8th.  All books traded will be donated to Books for Africa.  Donors will receive an Olympic pin from a past Olympic year. The exhibition and book drive are free and open to the public. COVID safety guidelines are required for all indoor activity.

Chastain Instructors Create Tiny Park for all to Enjoy

In October, Chastain Arts Center teaching artists Iris Eve Schaer, Jessica Locklar, and Georgia Nagle created a miniature garden for the Tiny Little Parks along Buckhead’s PATH400 experience.

A partnership between Livable Buckhead and Tiny Doors ATL artists, the project re-invented the annual PARK(ing) Day hosted along PATH400 into an outdoor event that adorned the path with miniature green spaces from October 16 to 18.

The event’s goal was to demonstrate the value of increasing green space in our community by showing the impact of community art and the value of parks – no matter how small.

The three Chastain instructors collaborated to make a “Tiny Chastain Sculpture Garden” sponsored by the arts center. The miniature sculpture garden also featured recycled elements and found items to add p
ersonality to the tiny green space.

Chastain Arts Center Launches #ChastainStaysCreative Initiative

Last month, the Chastain Arts Center introduced #ChastainStaysCreative on all social media platforms. This video-based initiative is a wonderful opportunity for artists at our center to share their creative routines with a larger audience. The videos provide a source of encouragement and inspiration during these challenging times.

In addition to our instructors’ videos, we would also like to encourage Chastain students to submit creative content to be shared online, via your preferred social media platform.

If you would like to participate, feel free to submit images of your work in a small JPG or PDF file, along with a brief general statement about your creative routine. All submissions should be sent to for consideration.

There are no restrictions on the type of work you can submit. We are simply looking for thoughtful and uplifting forms of creativity, to be shared with the public.

If you have any questions about the #ChastainStaysCreative initiative, do not hesitate to reach out via email, at

We hope that you will join us as we continue to move forward by staying motivated and inspired in all creative endeavors.

Chastain to Open Dual Exhibition on January 31

Chastain’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Enters Final Weeks

The Chastain Arts Center’s annual Holiday Show and Sale exhibition is entering its final weeks.

If you have not yet visited the exhibition, you still have two weeks to experience the show and sale for yourself before it closes on Saturday, December 14!

Also, for the duration of the sale, Chastain will offer guests a special weekly promotion. Upcoming holiday promotions include a free Chastain Arts Center T-Shirt with any purchase and a free mug from the Chastain Gift Shop.

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support you have shared during this year’s Holiday Show and Sale Exhibition! Make sure to visit Chastain’s Facebook Events page or watch our Instagram stories for all promotional updates!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 404-252-2927.

Atlanta-based Poet Ashlee Haze Awarded 2019 Emerging Artist Award

Ashlee Haze Accepting the 2019 Emerging Artist Award.


On October 23, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Arts and Education program honored Atlanta-based poet and spoken word artist Ashlee Haze with the 2019 Emerging Artist Award.

Held at Chastain Arts Center, each year the Arts and Education program hosts a ceremony awarding select up-and-coming, Atlanta-based artists with the Emerging Artist Award. The award recognizes the artistic vision and achievements of select artists and provides grant funding to support and promote their creative talent and projects.

A graduate of Georgia State University, Haze is one of the most accomplished poets in the poetry slam circuit. She is a three-time “Queen of the South” Poetry Slam Champion, a two-time “Women of the World” Poetry Slam finalist, and a two-time National Poetry Slam semi-finalist.

She started writing at the age of 10, performing her first piece at her church. By age 15, Haze was regularly performing at public competitions and events, and she has been a staple of Atlanta’s poetry circuit for more than a decade.

Haze amassed more acclaim after her heartfelt poem “For Colored Girls Who Don’t Need Katy Perry When Missy Elliott is Enough” went viral, which prompted a surprise visit from the award-winning artist Missy Elliott.

Most recently, Haze appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk series alongside the musical group Blood Orange. Haze currently works as a full-time poet and artist.To learn more about Haze’s works, visit her website at You can also listen to her new poetry album “Smoke” on Spotify.

If you wish to learn more about the Emerging Artist Award and funding opportunities provided by the Arts and Education’s Contracts for Arts Services program, click here.

CAS Honors Emerging Artists with Award Ceremony


The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to presents this year’s Emerging Artists Award Exhibition. The reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Chastain Arts Center Gallery.

This exhibit is designed to support practicing artists residing in the City of Atlanta. The public is invited to join us in celebrating this year’s Awardees: Kiera A. Nelson, aka “Ashlee Haze”, and Miriam Robinson.

If you can’t make the reception, stop by the Gallery and check out the show before it closes. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, October 21 to Friday, November 8, 2019. Come out and support these local artists!

Chastian Hosts Two New Drawing Pop-up Workshops This Fall

Artwork by Jessica Locklar

This Fall, Chastain Arts Center and Gallery will introduce two, new one-day only drawing workshops from new Chastain instructor, Jessica Locklar.  During these workshops, students will learn to draw with realism in their artwork using the same techniques Locklar uses in creating her own artwork.  No matter your skill level with drawing, these workshops are for you.


NEW! Drawing the Face With Colored Pencil

Dates: October, Sat. 19 and October, Sat. 25

Time: 10 AM 2 PM

Cost: $28 (1 Day)

While learning about the history of collage, students will create mixed media works that emphasize the use of color, texture, and imagery. Inspired by such masters as Matisse and Picasso, students will be taken through the collage process, from basic painting and drawing techniques, to composition and assemblage, and then to completion. Students are welcome to bring in items which they would like to incorporate into their collages


Dates: October, Sat. 5 and November, Sat. 23

Time: 10 AM 2 PM

Cost: $28 (1 Day)

NEW! Drawing Eyes, Lips, & Noses

In this class, Locklar will teach you how to render facial features convincingly using graphite, colored pencils, and some ink. In addition, Locklar will be drawing from photo references, but we will not be tracing.

Chastain Hosts Pop-up Raku Workshop on August 3


On Saturday, August 3, Chastain Arts Center and Gallery will host a Raku workshop with instructor Bob Petersen. During the workshop, students will learn the general history, philosophy and methods of firing ceramics in a Raku Kiln. In addition, glazing techniques will be taught and put into practice. Whether this is your first time Raku firing or you have experience, all levels are welcome to participate.

What to bring:

Please avoid bringing:

Also, be aware that Raku firing does not produce work suitable for food service and vessels may be too porous to hold liquid.

Note: Do to time constraints for the workshop, we cannot guarantee all pieces will be fired.

For more information or to sign up, call 404-252-2927.

Chastain Announces Two-day Handbuilding & Sculptural Ceramic Workshop

Join Chastain Arts Center and Gallery for a two-day workshop, “Handbuilding Functional & Sculptural Ceramic with Slabs”, featuring Grace Tessein & Dennis Ritter.

Tessein and Ritter will share their approaches to slab building using soft and leather hard slabs to construct functional and representational sculptural forms using mid-range iron rich clays.

Participants will be introduced to various slab building techniques, drop and hump molds, and methods for developing surfaces using slips and underglazes.

Guest will also discuss the use of the clay extruder as a tool for creating components for functional forms and for sculptural embellishments.

This two-day workshop will be hosted Friday, June 14 from 10 AM – 5 PM and Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM – 2 PM. 

The registration fee is $85. All Levels Welcome!  For more information or to sign up, call 404-252-2927.

Chastain Announces Second Pop-up Workshop

Join Chastain Arts Center and Gallery for its second Pop-Up series, Fold-Forming Bangel Workshop featuring Robert McGinnis.

Learn the art of fold-forming sheet copper in this dual session workshop  on June 8 and June 15.

This workshop is great for the inquisitive beginner to the intermediate jeweler.

The registration fee for the workshop is $58 with a $10 supply fee. For more information or to sign up, call 404-252-2927.

Chastain Arts Center and Gallery Unveils “Ini-she-ation” by Artist Shanequa Gay

Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is pleased to announce“Ini-she-ation” by Shanequa Gay.  This is a solo show highlights works focuses on young black girls, their freedom or the lack there in… a young girl is initiated into womanhood, the world, understanding, utopia, belief, faith, and the imaginary.

The show will be on view from Friday, June 7 to Saturday, August 3.  An opening reception for the show will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The Artist Talk will be July 27 at 1 PM.

All events are Free and Open to the public. We will see you there!

Chastain Arts Center Hosts Pop-Up Ceramic Workshop on May 10

On Friday, May 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Chastain Arts Center presents a Pop-Up Raku Workshop conducted by instructor Bob Peterson. In this one-day Raku workshop, Peterson will discuss the general history, philosophy and methods in firing ceramics in a raku kiln. Whether this is your first time Raku firing or you a seasoned artist, all levels are welcome to participate. For more information about the Pop-Up Workshop or to register, please call us at 404.252.2927. We hope you join us!

Chastain Prepares for 2019 Summer Camps and Workshops

What will your children be doing this summer?

Let your children explore their creative talents this summer with one of Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s upcoming Summer Camps or Teen Workshops!

Registration starts Monday, February 18 for new students.

For returning 2018 campers, pre-registration opens Monday, February 11.

Look for Chastain’s 2019 Art à La Carte Summer Camp and Teen Workshop schedule coming soon!

Chastain Arts Center Celebrates National Shop Local Artists Week

From December 2 to 8, 2018, help the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) celebrates Americans for the Arts’ inaugural National Shop Local Artists Week during our annual Holiday Show and Sale at Chastain Arts Center and Gallery.

Beginning as a local initiative created by the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition in 2016, National Shop Local Artists Week encourages cultural supporters to join together to promote the purchase work created by local artists. The week-long celebration promotes art as a holiday gift —including tickets to events and organization memberships!

Outlets like Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s annual Holiday Show and Sale allows some of Atlanta’s most talented artists to exhibit and sale their work. The Show and Sale also helps support the City’s booming arts and cultural economy, which accounts for more than 60,000 jobs across multiple creative sectors in metro Atlanta.

“Chastain Arts Center is a place for emerging artists to showcase their work in our gallery and for aspiring artists to  learn how to create art for themselves, “ said Karen Lowe, Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s manager and curator. “The annual Holiday Show and Sale allows us to showcase the art of our instructors and students on an annual basis.”

According to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural economic activities account for more than $700 billion of the United States’ gross domestic product. This demonstrates that the arts are a valuable business asset with significant financial benefits.

The value of the arts and cultural economy is particularly significant to metro Atlanta. As detailed in the Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Creative Industries report, the city of Atlanta has approximately two times the number of arts-related businesses and jobs than the national average.

During this holiday season, the OCA encourages all arts and cultural supporter to invest in the city’s budding arts and cultural economy by purchasing a unique, handmade gift or attending one of the amazing cultural experiences presented by the City’s many arts organizations. Your support will go a long way in growing Atlanta’s arts and cultural economy.

For more information about National Shop Local Artists Week, visit

To learn more about Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s Holiday Show and Sale, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Chastain Arts Center’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Starts November 2

Join us on Saturday, November 3 from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Chastain Gallery for the Chastain Arts Center’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Opening Reception.

The Holiday Show and Sale will be on view from November 2, 2018, through January 4, 2019.

Chastain Arts Center Commemorates 50 years with Anniversary Celebration

The Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is pleased to announce its 50th Anniversary Celebration, a creative family event for all ages. The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities will include Plein Air Paint Out, Raku Firings, Kids Art Zone, food, and live music.

Additionally, the celebration will feature open studio demonstrations to encourage public participation in jewelry making, printmaking, and ceramics throughout the day.

The Chastain Gallery will also unveil duel exhibitions, The Chastain Experiment and Fifty|Fifty. The Chastain Experiment invites participating artists to create large-scale, ephemeral drawings directly onto the gallery’s walls.

Featured artists are current drawing and painting instructors of the arts center. Fifty|Fifty, located in Chastain’s gift shop area, showcases the arts center’s rich tradition of ceramics and jewelry by featuring the work of 18 former teaching-artists from Chastain Arts Center’s 50-year history.

Furthermore, an original short film documenting the history of Chastain as Atlanta’s oldest art center will premiere during the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration for the Plein Air Paint Out is found here:

This event will be hosted at the Chastain Arts Center located at 135 West Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA. Please call 404-252-2927 for more information or contact us at

OCA Newsletter :: May 2018


May Newsletter

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is Approaching


The Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) is regarded as one of the largest, FREE jazz festivals in the country. An annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz that lasts throughout May and culminates each Memorial Day weekend with an outdoor festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, featuring jazz artists from all over the world.

The mission of the AJF is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage and variety of Jazz as an authentic form of American music.

The festival is produced by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and is FREE and open to the public. It is made possible thanks to funding from corporate sponsors and Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Atlanta Jazz Festival. For more information, visit

The Bud Light Lounge

Late Night Jazz Jam

After enjoying the jazz outdoors in Piedmont Park, contemporary jazz lovers can walk over to Park Tavern and enjoy the highly anticipated Late Night Jazz Jam on Saturday, May 26, featuring Russell Gunn & The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Tickets are $40.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Late Night Jazz Jam is one of the festival’s most popular events. For more information, click here.


Partners of the Atlanta Jazz Festival will host jazz events every day leading up to the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. 

From MARTA stations, museums, jazz clubs and restaurants, our 31 Days of Jazz series provides a little something for everyone.

Click here for the 31 Days of Jazz calendar.

Neighborhood Jazz Series


Join your local City of Atlanta council members each week during our Neighborhood Jazz Series.

Each weekend, we partner with a different council member to bring jazz and fun to different corners of Atlanta. Come and enjoy great music and great times while we highlight Atlanta’s unique and historic neighborhoods! Each Neighborhood Jazz Series starts at 4 p.m.

Neighborhood Jazz Series Dates:

May 6: Neighborhood Jazz Series at West Manor Park presented by Council President Felicia Moore and Council Member Andre Dickens with performances from Gritz and Jelly Butter and Wolfpack ATL. Watch promo video here.

May 12: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Washington Park presented by Council Member Ivory Lee Young, Jr., in conjunction with the Atlanta Beltline, with performances from Latrese Bush and Lil’ John Roberts and Friends. Watch promo video here.

May 13: Neighborhood Jazz Series at John A. White Park presented by Council Member Marci Collier Overstreet with performances from EQ and Brenda Nicole Moorer. Watch promo video here.

May 19: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Wilson Mill Park presented by Council Member Andrea L. Boone with performances from Groove Centric and Julie Dexter

May 20: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Grant Park presented by Council Member Carla Smith with performances from Mabu’s Ark Band and The Milk Shake Quintet.

MARTA Mondays

MARTA Mondays feature FREE, LIVE JAZZ at a different MARTA station every Monday in May, starting at 4 p.m. These two-hour jazz concerts are a preview to the upcoming Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on May 26 and 27.

2018 MARTA Mondays Schedule:

May 7Lindbergh Station, 4 p.m. featuring the Chris Burroughs Trio

May 14: Avondale Station, 4 p.m. featuring the Mike Walton Quartet

May 21Midtown Station, 4 p.m. featuring Grüt

Sights and Insights

Calling all artists in the Southeast! Don’t miss your chance to apply for the 2018 Southeastern Regional Art Exhibit: SIGHTS AND INSIGHTS, which will be held in the Chastain Gallery, June 18th through July 30th. Entry is open to all artists aged 18 and over who are residents of AL, FL, GA, NC, SC or TN. For more information and criteria for entry, click here. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 4th, 2018.

Summer Camp and Teen Workshops

Summer is almost here and our 2018 Art à la carte Summer Camp is a little more than a month away! Register your child or teen for our summer camp and teen workshop today. To view our Summer Camp and teen workshop schedule, please visit our website. Make sure your child or teen doesn’t miss out on all the fun! Call us today to register!

Artist Talk at Gallery 72 – Elyse Defoor
Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Our lives are meant to do something. To have a hopeful outcome is to experience joy. Some people experience life with sunken resentment. I use art to slog through the morass of obstacles set before me. Unbridled– joy, loss, rage, joy– is my treatise on the passage of womanhood from the 1950s to today. This work has moved me from collecting wedding dresses and the comments from the women who wore them, to the ongoing study of the black belt with all its meanings, to the shed skins of Exuvia and, back again, to present the empty dresses in a new way. With authentic reverence, the beauty of darkness and light holds the conflicts of joy, loss, rage and joy in the full circle of life.

Call For Panelists for 2019 Grant Cycle

Buried Truths

The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will co-produce a concert staging of the Tony Award-winning musical Candide in Symphony Hall. In this popular adaptation of Voltaire’s satirical novel, the naïve Candide is separated from his beloved and journeys around the world to find her while fiercely retaining his mentor’s belief that “this is the best of all possible worlds” in the face of ever-increasing catastrophes. Candide will feature a cast of actors, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus in this historic Alliance Theatre/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra co-production.  

Click here to RSVP and for more information. 





OCA Newsletter :: April 2018


April Newsletter



Highlights include Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Dianne Reeves, The Bad Plus and Jazzmeia Horn, to name a few.

In a video announcement released Tuesday March 27, 2018, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed the artist lineup for the 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. The lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings presented on three stages: The Legends Stage, The Contemporary Stage and The Next Gen Stage. The country’s longest running free jazz festival will take place for two days over Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, in Piedmont Park. For the first time in the event’s history, Saturday will feature a special all-female jazz lineup.

Restoration of Homage to St. Eom’s Pasaquan

The Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the completion of the Homage to St. EOM’s Pasaquan artwork restoration. The artwork was created by the late Eddie Owens Martin as a part of Folk Art Park during the 1996 Olympics. The piece pays homage to the original work located in Buena Vista, Ga. The Homage to St EOM’s Pasaquan incorporated large cast-concrete totems painted in vibrant colors, surrounded by brightly-painted mandala designs that vaguely reference Pacific-Islander sculpture and aboriginal artwork. The City of Atlanta provides stewardship to the piece and was made possible through the generous help of the Community Foundation, GPC Renovations, and artists: Jan Riley, Addison Adams, and Adrian Barzaga. The site is expected to be open to the public Mid-April.

Emerging Artist’s Exhibition Opening Reception

April 12th, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents this year’s Emerging Artist Exhibition, the opening reception  of the exhibit will be held Thursday, April 12th from 6 – 8 PM at the Chastain Arts Center. This exhibit is designed to support practicing artists residing in the City of Atlanta. The public is invited to come meet this year’s recipients: Charlina Rose Smith, Bella Dorado, and Lauren Peterson. Come out and support these local artists!

Ernest G. Welch Fellows MFA Exhibitions

April 2nd – April 6th

Maryam Palizgir’s : “Folded Mystery”
Folded Mystery project is the metaphors for how we exchange knowledge, how perception widens our perspective, and how observation deepens our understanding of the reality in which we live. I seek works of art that activate once the viewer is involved. Folded Mystery is about challenging viewers’ perception and multi-perception embodiment through 2D and 3D drawings, sculptural paintings installations focusing on the interaction of geometric abstract forms, colors, reflective objects and layering grid-like materials in space. I intend to focus on the complexity of space by making sculptural installations that allow me to look into and through things. I also bring photography into this exchange. I am preoccupied with finding new ways of seeing through the experimental cross-fertilization of drawing, sculpture, and photography, which stimulated a philosophically oriented questioning of vision and perception.

Aaron Kagan Putt’s “Another Failed Attempt”

Aaron Kagan Putt was raised in the dry heat and saguaro speckled landscape of Tucson, Arizona, not far from the border with Mexico. He ventured often between these divided territories, developing an intense interest in travel and cultural hybridity. Much of his work investigates the intersection between culture and its material manifestations on the landscape.
The works in Another Failed Attempt explores the impulse to manipulate material and forms as a means to achieve personal and societal transformation. Adopting a hybrid and nomadic form, this series of sculptures and paintings probe themes of utopian architecture, self-improvement and the human desire to memorialize.
Putt has been awarded grants by the Minnesota State Arts Board and his work has been exhibited internationally. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Art History candidate at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.

Elyse Defoor “Unbridled” 
April 12th –June 7th 2018

On April 12th, 2018 Artist Elyse Defoor’s exhibition “Unbridled” opens at Gallery 72.   “Unbridled” features bodies of work in sculpture, photography, and other media, that explore the emotional dichotomies of the human experience through meditations on marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and unbounded freedom. Through the creative use of ceremonial and mundane materials Defoor brings the viewer into spaces of mythic resonance and lived memory.

Art & Urban Resilience Discussion Panel and Reception
April 18th , 2018 6:30 pm to  11 pm

Over the recent years, the global community established a political and social trajectory of development known as the sustainability movement. The sustainability approach to development integrates dimensions of economic growth, social cohesion, and resilience. They are captured under 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the global community at the United Nations in September, 2015. Among the specific goals are: Goal 3 – Good health and Well-being for People, Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12- Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 13 – Climate Action. The goals among other embed universal ambition of preserving the world we live in for future generations.
Atlanta  is no stranger to these ambitions, in fact, it has recently joined the 100 Resilient Cities campaign and adopted a resilience strategy that pursues the vision of sustainable growth in Atlanta’s local context. What is unique about the vision is the very key role that art and culture occupy. Art and Culture become vehicles to achieve ambitions of resilience urban future of Atlanta, ready to absorb acute and chronic shocks and disasters – from environmental degradation to racial inequality, and urban sprawl. The role of art and culture in defining the progressive direction of Atlanta’s growth is very distinct from other urban centers. From civil rights movement and socio-political change to Captain Planet and the environmental movement, art held a key role in promoting grassroots driven behavioral and political change in Atlanta city context. This trend is still very much alive today among the existing artist community in Atlanta, who create public a (community) art within the local and global themes of social cohesion, development, and environmental protection.
Building on the historical contributions of art to change, the Urban Catalyst Lab and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is putting together a local and global expert panel to discuss the role and capacity of art to address the current global and local issues of development, and to initiate and facilitate social, behavioral and political change. Using concrete current and historic, local and global examples, the panel will explore the role of arts in building urban resilience and sustainability, and show the inherent link between art and sustainable urban growth.
The panel will include the recent local to global art community intervention in Johns Creek, a focus on the past and  current exhibitions at Gallery 72,  and the development of the upcoming art + urban resilience lab,

The panel will engage speakers from Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Office Resilience, local and international artists to discuss how art, policy and change align to achieve sustainable urban future.

The panelists include: 
William Massey: Atlanta based artist, ColorATL
Hanif Kureshi: Indian artist, S+art Delhi Street art Festival
Kevin Sipp: Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Michelle Wiseman: Mayor’s Office of Resilience
Lynda Smith: Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ruxanda Renita & Ana Gabriele Sabancevaite: Urban Catalyst Lab

Virtual Reality Art by Jessica Anderson
Music by DJ Stan Zeff 

Contracts For Arts Services Application Workshops

Call For Panelists for 2019 Grant Cycle

Contract For Arts Services Emerging Artists Award Recipients

April 12th, 2018 6:30pm – 8:00pm

On Thursday, April 12th at the Chastain Art Center Gallery from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will recognize three Emerging Artist Award recipients in the categories of Dance and Visual Arts. The artists will be honored with a reception and an exhibition of their work.

Each year, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs through the Contracts for Arts Services program recognizes rising stars in the arts through the Emerging Artist Award which promotes the work of professional artists of notable talent and ability living and creating are within the city of Atlanta.

This year’s recipients are:

Gabriella “Bella” Dorado
Bella Dorado is a choreographer, performing artist, educator, and producer. Her movement is characterized by a driving sinuous flow and explorations of vulnerability and the dark places full of risk and magic. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

Lauren Peterson
Lauren Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist who creates new systems for devalued objects, focusing on the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

Charlina “Rose” Smith
Rose uses photography for activism, to discuss social issues that reflect the present time, and to tell the story of the black experience in America. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

OCA Selected as Winners of KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challege

On Saturday, March 3rd , The Play Everywhere Tour, powered by KaBOOM! and Target, visited Atlanta, bringing families and kids together for FREE, fun-filled family play. As part of the Tour, the Play Everywhere Challenge winners were announced, awarding $720,000 in total grants for creative projects that encourage play in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has been selected a Play Everywhere Challenge winner. We have been awarded a $25,000 to help support our project “John Lewis’s Ride to Freedom.” The project includes incorporating a play space on the PATH Trail in Freedom Park near “The Bridge” artwork dedicated to Congressman John Lewis. The play space will focus on the 1961 Freedom Riders Route from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA. An artist derived play-scape on the PATH trail would consist of outlines of states the Freedom Riders traveled incorporating games and activities for kids to follow the Freedom Riders path. The second element will be a bus play structure to represent the Freedom Rider’s bus. The bus will allow for several kids to play at a time, while also engaging them in facts about the Freedom Riders and significant events along the route. The families in the area, as well as other visitors, will have a place to play and exercise while also learning about one of the greatest civil rights leaders; Congressman John Lewis. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. The Play Everywhere Challenge and Tour are part of a broader effort led by KaBOOM! and Target focused on engaging communities to help families make active play a part of everyday life. By the end of the year, KaBOOM! and Target will bring more than 260 new playspaces to life, reaching more than a half-million kids across

Hooked on Books
Whiskey & Ribbons

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Human Resources hosted critically acclaimed author, Leesa Cross-Smith to introduce her first novel, Whiskey & Ribbons. Cross- Smith concluded her week in Atlanta by engaging with City of Atlanta employees in a brief conversation and book signing. She talked about the structure of the novel, how she has written it as “a fuge… a piece of music with three voices and three narrators. I’ve written the book for black women.” Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she’s snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon’s, and as he decides to track down the biological father he’s never known. If you missed Leesa Cross-Smith during her time in Atlanta, there is another opportunity to hear more about Whiskey & Ribbons and meet Leesa, at the Decatur Book Festival August 31 – September 2, 2018. Learn more about this wonderful author, her warm and bright spirit, and other works of fiction here.

Buried Truths

In 1948, three black farmers decided they’d had enough. They were going to vote in rural South Georgia, where white supremacists held power by suppressing the black vote. Pulitzer-Prize winning author, journalist and Emory University professor Hank Klibanoff explores the mysteries and injustices of history through civil rights cases that few have seen.  How far would white supremacists go — on the streets, in the courtrooms, in the legislatures — to preserve their racial dominance? And, most importantly, why? Who were we back then? The truth is restless, relevant and revealed.

Click here for more information. 





It’s The Simple Things… Opening June 24th at Chastain Arts Center

simple things



It’s the Simple Things is an exhibition of two dimensional works featuring the common “things” you find around the house.

Sometimes the most ordinary things become extraordinary by presenting them through a new perspective.  A splash of color, heavy texture or a floating object, can shift your attention from moderate to the intriguing!

This exhibition examines the overlooked objects of daily life with the focus of ordinary objects.  Artists have presented scraps of paper, household tools and food as the subjects for their works of art, shifting the context of the contemporary still-life.

Participating Georgia based artists including –Philip Carpenter, Karen Appleton, Wesley Terpstra and David Wendel.  These artists represent access to the still life through divergent artistic approaches; from Karen Appleton’s impasto paintings, to Wesley Terpstra’ s intimate trompe l’oeil paintings; the works challenge, yet engage your idea of art.



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Chastain Arts Center is pleased to announce The Drawing Experiment, an exhibition curated by Karen Comer Lowe.  This exhibition examines the immediacy of drawing and varied approaches to the use of line within a composition.  The works are site specific and temporary.

Artists were invited to create a drawing onsite, directly onto the walls in dry media for two and a half weeks. Participating artists include, Georgia based artists including –Jessica Caldas, Elyse Defoor, William Downs, Jessica Scott Felder, Angus Galloway, Benjamin Jones, Marie Mathews, Julio Mejia, Yanique Norman, Joe Peragine, Kellie Romany, Karl Kroeppler.

These artists represent the full range of diverse perspectives within the contemporary art practice. Visit the Chastain Arts Center Gallery July 17 through September 12 to see The Drawing Experiment. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 6:00 PM and  ends at 9:00 PM.

It will be in the Chastain Arts Center Gallery at 135 West Wieuca Road, NW   Atlanta, GA  30342.

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