ELEVATE Art Festival 2020 Examines Inequity & Promotes Activism
The City of Atlanta - Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents ELEVATE: Equity, Activism, Engagement from Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10, 2020. Most of the events are virtual so you can enjoy visual art experiences, dance, poetry, lively conversations, film screenings, musical performances and more from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you are!
2020 has brought a pandemic, racial unrest, an economic recession, food shortages, and a political struggle for the soul of our country. Voices calling for change have risen to a deafening pitch. Against this backdrop, ELEVATE: Equity, Activism, Engagement is inviting artists, thought leaders, and the public to examine issues of inequity and injustice with the goal of inspiring community building, activism, and hope.
Here are some of this year’s festival events and programs:
- An Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance of Lazarus created by acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris. The ballet connects the past and the present in a powerful work that addresses racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded his dance company in 1958 and still faces today.
- A conversation with New York Times best-selling authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones, who frequently feature Atlanta’s West End community in their work.
- The opening of Hammonds House Museum’s exhibition Elements Of A Revolution.
- A conversation between the executive directors of Atlanta Contemporary and Les Abattoirs/Toulouse to discuss challenges of promoting art during COVID-19, issues of gender equality and racism in their field. Since 1974 Atlanta and Toulouse have been Sister Cities.
- Renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems, in collaboration with SCAD, will launch RESIST COVID/TAKE 6, a public art initiative raising critical heath awareness about COVID-19 and the ways racial inequities have manifested in the pandemic.
- Mural installations in Atlanta's historic West End honoring civil rights leader Rev. James Orange and Black women activists.
- An online and in person voter registration event at the West End MARTA station.
- Musical performances by Kebbi Williams and The Wolf Pack, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Gritz and Jelly Butter, Lil’ John Roberts and the Senators, Tony Hightower, and Julie Dexter.
***Artwork with this listing is by artist Lydia Futral for ELEVATE 2017.
For more the full schedule, please visit the web site: elevateatlart.com.