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INtown Editor

Elevate, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs’ public art commissioning program, has announced today that Elevate Week 2013 will be held Oct. 18-26 in Downtown. The third annual event will feature large-scale public artwork, performances, educational opportunities and cultural experiences – all for free.

This year’s theme is Transit: Time, People and Places, and the installations, murals and events will be centralized along North and South Broad Street and the Broad Street Plaza/Five Points Station. Participating artists run the gamut from locally-known muralists to international performance troupes that have never before performed in the United States.

“It’s very eclectic,” said Cultural Affairs Director Camille Russell Love. “Public art doesn’t always mean something fixed and stationary. It can be performance art, multimedia and move from place to place.”

Highlights of this year’s Elevate include:

Shelia Pree Bright: The installation entitled, 1960 Who? is inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and will feature a series of large scaled portraits of civil right workers. WonderRoot and artist William Shweigert will host a series of public performances to complement the installations and provide context to the images.

Sarah Emerson: The mural entitled, Lost and Found, will be a continuation of the South Broad Mural Project. Emerson’s mural will speak directly to the growth and potential of the street due to the impact of the artwork from 2012. Emerson will be the first female artist to produce work for the South Broad Murals.

Peter Tonningsten and Lisa Levine: Leveraging images from photo booths placed around the city, these California based photo artists will install mural banners throughout downtown to illustrate the diversity of the landscape and community members within.

STREETMUSEUM: Director of Clark Atlanta University Gallery Tina Dunkley will guide visitors through a selection of ten artworks from the historically significant CAU collection. Artworks will be re-created for outdoor display, framed and exhibited on the exterior of buildings along International Boulevard between Peachtree and Spring Street.

Mass Transit Muse: Atlanta based theatrical artist, Mike Molina alongside Seven Stages Theater, will leverage three MARTA stations (Inman Park, Georgia State University and Five Points) to conduct a dramatic multimedia performance to illustrate the importance of public transportation and public art. Viewers will be invited into the stations and the trains for this mobile theater performance.

Bistaki: The French group G. Bistaki will use light and music while performing in unison with objects. The audience is involved in the movement creating a force of emotion that plays with the form, weight, texture and color of objects that seem very ordinary (roof tiles and purses), exploiting to the max the relationship between body-object-space.

On Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Georgia Pacific auditorium, Elevate will also host an educational panel on transit moderated by journalist Tom Sabulis. The panel will discuss ways that arts and culture are considered through planning and development for transportation growth in Atlanta.

Bike and walking tours are scheduled to guide visitors through the downtown projects. As an official partner, MARTA has designated an Elevate-MARTA bus. Bus route #49 will ride along the downtown corridors where Elevate artwork is featured and allow residents to do self-guided tours.

Love said that Elevate was the brainchild of Atlanta Public Arts Manager, Eddie Granderson, who wanted to find a way to better use funding allocated to the city for public art and enhance Downtown.

For more information about Elevate, visit


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.