The Woodruff Arts Center will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the plane crash at Paris’ Orly field that killed 122 Atlanta arts patrons in 1962, a tragedy that became the catalyst for the founding of the center. Orly Community Day will be held Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Woodruff invites the public to participate in a variety of free activities with each of its four divisions, including an art installation from the musée du Louvre featuring the painting Allegory of the State of France before the Return from Egypt by Jean-Pierre Franque.

Activities include:

· Free admission to the High Museum of Art

· Storytelling, puppets, art projects and music by Young Audiences

· An instrument “petting zoo” by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

· Performances and acting workshops by the Alliance Theatre, including a reading by Pearl Cleage of a poem written for this day

· A painting on loan from Paris’ Louvre Museum

· Q&A session with Alfred Uhry, the Tony Award, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize recipient and author of Driving Miss Daisy

For more information, visit woodruffcenter.org.

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.