A new generation of Atlanta artists takes center stage

October 2017

Atlanta Arts
Photo illustration by Nicole Licht

Atlanta has a vibrant arts community determined to have a say in the city’s future. Just look at the collaborations among local artists, institutions, and even the city. Artists like dancer and choreographer Blake Beckham of the Lucky Penny and Aurora Theatre Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez are pursuing ideas about personal and civic identity that will help shape the future of their communities. Doug Shipman, the Woodruff Arts Center’s new president and CEO, has pledged to support the smaller arts organizations that often toil in the Midtown institution’s long shadow. MailChimp has spent the last four years—and more than $4.4 million—investing in upstart arts programs like #weloveatl, Flux Projects, and Living Walls. Even MARTA is turning to art, revitalizing longstanding pieces in stations around town and experimenting with temporary installations from local artists. Read on to find out more about artists to watch, passionate partnerships, and fall’s must-do events.

Edited by Debbie Michuad
Written by Caroline Cox, Stephanie Dazey, Felicia Feaster, Scott Henry, Jacinta Howard, and Tess Malone

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