Art on the BeltLine officially opens Saturday with more than 40 performances and visual art installations. The temporary art project will highlight the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile loop around the city’s core featuring parks, trails, transit and development. Saturday’s events begin  at 4 p.m. in Gordon White Park with a variety of performances created within Atlanta’s eclectic art communities.

From June through October, nearly eight miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor on the east and west side of the city will be open to pedestrians and off-road bicyclists via an interim trail. Art installations and historic site interpretations have been placed along the corridor. (See video of some of the art on the eastside at INtown’s YouTube channel.)

“Art on the BeltLine’s dynamic installations and performances highlight the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods that surround the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “The scale and quality of this project is a testament to the hard work and creativity of dozens of partners, volunteers and the amazing artists that have put their hearts and souls into this.

The Art on the BeltLine working group includes volunteers from BeltLine neighborhoods, historic preservationistsand organizations such as WonderRoot, Eyedrum, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the BeltLine Partnership, BeltLine Network, the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Arts Council.

The full schedule and a comprehensive list of exhibition  and performance pieces is available online at art.beltline.org.

Saturday, June 5

9:00 a.m. Dog walk / BeltLine tour (east side)*
9:00 a.m. Irwin Street Music Stage (east side)
10:00 a.m. Fitness on the BeltLine (east side)*
12:00 p.m. Children’s activities (east side)*
4:00 p.m. Klimchak – Percussion Discussion (west side)
4:30 p.m. Beacon Dance – A Bountiful Feast (west side)
4:50 p.m. Akbar Imhotep, Adebisi Adeleke – Story Messengers on the BeltLine (west side)
6:00 p.m. Giwayan Mata in Gordon White Park (west side)
7:00 p.m. Kebbi Williams in Gordon White Park (west side)
9:00 p.m. “Outsider” unconventional music with Matthew Proctor (west side)

Sunday, June 6
4:30 p.m. Beacon Dance – A Bountiful Feast (east side)

Saturday, June 12
9:00 a.m. Dog walk / BeltLine tour (east side)*
9:00 a.m. Irwin Street Music Stage (east side)
10:00 a.m. Fitness on the BeltLine (east side)*
12:00 p.m. Children’s activities (east side)*
1:00 p.m. Irwin Street Music Stage (east side)
6:00 p.m. Akbar Imhotep, Adebisi Adeleke – Story Messengers on the BeltLine (east side)
6:00 p.m. West End Music on the BeltLine with Doria Roberts and Heston (west side)
7:00 p.m. Klimchak – Percussion Discussion (east side)
7:45 p.m. Hormuz Minina – “Zoroastrian Blessing” (east side)
9:00 p.m. Eyedrum on the BeltLine (east side)

Saturday, June 19
9:00 a.m. Dog walk / BeltLine tour (east side)*
9:00 a.m. Irwin Street Music Stage (east side)
9:30 a.m. Donor / gift announcement (Historic Fourth Ward Park)
10:15 a.m. Art events for kids (east side)
10:00 a.m. Fitness on the BeltLine (east side)*
12:00 p.m. Children’s activities (east side)*
6:00 p.m. Akbar Imhotep, Adebisi Adeleke – Story Messengers on the BeltLine (west side)
7:00 p.m. Klimchak – Percussion Discussion (west side)
8:00 p.m. The Lindsay Rakers Band (east side)
9:00 p.m. Kevin McFoy Dunn and The Common Article III (east side)
10:00 p.m. Dropsonic (east side)

Sunday, June 20
1 p.m. The Living Peace Sign (east side)

Saturday, June 26
9:00 a.m. Dog walk / BeltLine tour (east side)*
9:00 a.m. Irwin Street Music Stage(east side)
10:00 a.m. Fitness on the BeltLine (east side)*
12:00 p.m. Children’s activities (east side)*
1:00 p.m. Beacon Dance – A Bountiful Feast (east side)
7:00 p.m. Klimchak – Percussion Discussion (east side)
9:00 p.m. Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons ? Chantelle Rytter – Lantern Parade (east side)

Sunday, June 27
6:00 p.m. Grady Jazz Band, Rey Maurice, Indigo Sunset (east side)
7:30 p.m. Brooks & Co. Dance – “Ment” (east side)
8:30 p.m. Traveling Circus – Park Cofield and Company – “See the Gyrastacus” (east side)

Saturday, July 3
7 p.m. Klimchak – Percussion Discussion (west side)

* Denotes ongoing activities
** Schedule is subject to change.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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