Nonprofit online art magazine BurnAWAY will hold a fundraising event on Sept. 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Granite Room in Castleberry Hill. The theme centers around moments of ruin and rebirth in Atlanta history.

The event will include installations and projections tailored to specific sites, including a performance by The Civil War Center of Kennesaw University, Disappearing Houses by Karen Tauches, a film by Niklas Vollmer and many more works by various artists from the Atlanta community. There will performances by Atlanta-based theater and dance groups along with a photo print sale from their bi-weekly Dodge and Burn.

Also included in the night is an exhibition book featuring falsified accounts of Atlanta history, characterized by contributions from local writers and artists including Chris Appleton of WonderRoot, Thomas Wheatley of Creative Loafing, and Rebecca Burns of Atlanta Magazine. To please the ear, Atlanta band Book of Colors will perform a set of their lush indie-pop and The Georgia Soul Council will provide the dance grooves throughout the night.

“We are always trying to reach new audiences with every event we do,” says Susannah Darrow, BurnAWAY’s co-founder and executive director. “For this year, I think it will be interesting to see if the younger hip hop crowd in Castleberry pays any attention to our event and comes. Also, we always want to reach students. The big thing for us is finding ways to get people that aren’t already in the art community to become interested.”

On the monetary side, BurnAWAY hopes to raise $25,000. Darrow explained that “the fundraiser is one of our main annual sources of income that helps fund all of our operating costs for the year” noting that, “supporting the event is supporting ongoing arts criticism in Atlanta.”

For more about BurnAWAY and the upcoming fundraiser, visit www.burnaway.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.