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ELEVATE: Microcosm


The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce this year’s ELEVATE public art festival! The theme of this year’s ELEVATE public art festival is Microcosm.

During ELEVATE: Microcosm artists will explore how a community reflects the larger world around it. Four curators have assembled more than 200 artists to create contemporary art and cultural events in order to spark dialogue around how a community deals with social, racial, and economic issues ranging from inequity to gentrification. ELEVATE Microcosm will take place in south downtown Atlanta, primarily on Broad Street SW. This emerging cultural district seeks to use creativity to build community and inspire constructive change in collaboration with the area’s stakeholders. The festival will be held from Thursday, October 13 through Friday, October 21. All events are free and open to the public.

“Festival attendees will be able to engage with artists, historians, and area residents,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We hope people who live and work in Atlanta will participate. We also invite anyone who enjoys contemporary art, and is interested in exploring ideas around community. Our events will be lively, interesting, and provocative. We’ll have a fabulous block party, interactive art installations, dance performances, large-scale murals, panel discussions, and historic bike and walking tours. Make plans to join us.”

ELEVATE Microcosm is being curated by Allie Bashuk, Monica Campana, Mark DiNatale and Pastiche Lumumba.


Participating artists and art groups will include:

Abdu Ali

Bae (DeCoteau, MIKKOH, Hourglass and Osho)

Bent Frequency

Black Power Party #2 – Black Girl Magic – featuring:

Minister James Pullin + Atlanta Baptist Gospel Choir

Father Fannie





Danielle Deadwyler

Elysia Crampton


Hank Willis Thomas (in partnership with Flux Projects)

Jean “Plantu” Plantureux (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Josephine Figueroa


Michel Kichka (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Mike Luckovich (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Noé Soulier (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Soul Food Cypher 

Tiona McClodden

William Mitchell

Yoyo Ferro (in partnership with Living Walls)


Participating organizations include: 


Atlanta City Studio

Atlanta History Center

Broad Street Visitors Center

C4 Atlanta

Cartooning for Peace

Center for Civic Innovation

Civil Bikes

Consulate of France in Atlanta

Digital Good Times

Diverse Groups

Downtown Player’s Club

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

Flux Projects

France Atlanta

The Goat Farm Arts Center


Living Walls

Mammal Gallery


Red, Bike and Green


Southern Fried Queer Pride


Sponsors for ELEVATE Microcosm include:

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Central Atlanta Progress

Crystal Springs

Fulton County Arts & Culture

Laz Parking

Living Walls

LowCountry Catering


Peachtree Tents & Events

Son & Sons

Standard Press

Topo Chico


Media partners include:

Creative Loafing



For more information, visit the official ELEVATE website at

Check out footage from our most recent ELEVATE event we held this past summer, ELEVATE: Summer, and prepare for 9 days of public art experiences this October during ELEVATE: Microcosm!