The theme of this year’s ELEVATE public art festival, set for Oct. 13 – 21, is Microcosm. Artists will explore how a community reflects the larger world around it.

Four curators have assembled more than 200 artists to create contemporary art and cultural events in order to spark dialogue around how a community deals with social, racial, and economic issues ranging from inequity to gentrification. ELEVATE Microcosm will take place in Downtown, primarily on Broad Street. All events are free and open to the public.

“Festival attendees will be able to engage with artists, historians, and area residents,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We hope people who live and work in Atlanta will participate. We also invite anyone who enjoys contemporary art, and is interested in exploring ideas around community. Our events will be lively, interesting, and provocative. We’ll have a fabulous block party, interactive art installations, dance performances, large-scale murals, panel discussions, and historic bike and walking tours. Make plans to join us.”

Some of this year’s highlights will include:

  • The creation of large-scale mural by painter at visual storyteller Yoyo Ferro on the side of the Atlanta Eye Care with help from members of the community.
  • Freestyle hip-hop lyricists Soul Food Cypher will bring their interactive wordplay to the streets of Downtown and invite people to participate in a conversation in rhyme.
  • Meptik will make an interactive light installation on Broad Street utilizing metal awnings built during the 1996 Olympics.
  • Innovative French dancer and choreographer Noé Soulier’s will perform his latest creation,

For more information, visit ocaatlanta.com.

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.