Dance Truck
Dance Truck

“Social City” is the theme of this year’s ELEVATE art exhibition in Downtown Atlanta, which will feature more than 100 artists.

Viewers will be able to engage with living sculptures, interactive gadgetry, artist panels, portable art and dance performances, and other surprises. All events are free and open to the public.

“This year’s ELEVATE contemporary art happenings in Downtown Atlanta will be playful and interactive,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Locations for this year’s ELEVATE are Woodruff Park, Gallery 72, Five Points Plaza and the Fairlie-Poplar District. However, many exhibits will take place in unexpected, non-traditional locations around town and some art will be mobile.

Here are some highlights from this year’s ELEVATE:

Branden Collins will use ancient forms of masking and costuming from various cultures as reference points in his exhibit at Gallery 72. His artwork incorporates brilliant colors and tribal elements and encourages the viewer to come closer.

The Goat Farm, working with over 20 artists and designers, will transform 10 dumpsters into built galleries, installations and sculptures. Utilizing art, science, technology and micro-manufacturing they’ll create cozy, inviting spaces. Among the galleries, located in hidden alleyways and nearby parks, visitors will discover a Secret Garden to make a wish or a Giant Synthesizer where they can make public music.

La Passante

Strolling through Downtown at lunchtime you may encounter La Passante. These walking French parasols invite you to join them for an intimate poem and a brief respite from the city’s hustle and bustle, an unforgettable experience. La Passante is co-sponsored by France Atlanta.

Joanie Le Mercier’s unique, light-based projection art will create optical illusions and “geometricize” areas of Atlanta’s urban landscape.  His works combines math with art and immerses the viewer in a journey that conjures space exploration.

Dance Truck will present dance and performance art, complete with lighting, music and all the trappings that you find on a traditional stage…in a most extraordinary mobile setting.

For more information about events during 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.