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OCA’s Cultural Experience Project Commences 14th Year

The Mayor’s Chief of Staff Marva Lewis shown with OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen


On September 18, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) commenced the Cultural Experience Project’s (CEP) 14th year with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the Woodruff Arts Center, and this year’s 28 cultural partners. 

The Mayor’s Chief of Staff Marva Lewis shared remarks regarding the importance of the program, while OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love highlighted the notable experiences each grade level will have throughout the academic year. 

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen also expressed her thoughts about the value of the program and the impact these cultural experiences have on APS students. 

The first experience of the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project took place on August 30 with APS high school students seeing Theatrical Outfit’s production of “The Book of Will” — a witty historical quest about a band of merry men and women coming together to keep Shakespeare’s words from fading into obscurity. 

Throughout October, APS students will experience performances of Ailey II at the Rialto Center for the Arts, “Paige in Full” at the Alliance Theatre, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem at Cobb Energy Center, presented by the ArtsBridge Foundation. 

Students will also visit experiences provided by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Chick-fil-A, the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Atlanta History Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) this month. 

Special thanks to Alliance Theatre Associate Artistic Director and Dan Reardon Director of Education Christopher Moses and his colleagues for hosting this year’s commencement event at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Center-Space. 

Stay tuned as we share news and stories from the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project during the academic year.