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New Museum: Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art

With its black concrete blocks and sprawling glass panels, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, which opened in March, seems a better fit among the new downtown attractions than the red-brick campus buildings of Kennesaw State University.

Gallery Expansion: Eyedrum

After almost 16 years occupying a basement on Trinity Avenue, Eyedrum moved into a new space composed of six old storefronts this past August.

Repurposed Event Space: SCADShow

In Savannah, SCAD has staked out a one-time flour factory, a revamped theater, and an 1890s armory. Although it’s been in Atlanta for less than a decade, the university’s on a similar campaign to repurpose structures here.

Public Art Display: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

It’s only been around for five years but has already established itself as the largest temporary public arts event in the Southeast.

Recycled Space: Gallery 72

It’s fitting that Gallery 72 should call the former Atlanta Journal-Constitution building home; both institutions cherish storytelling. Opened in May and operated by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Gallery 72 hopes to attract visitors to the downtown space with a mix of theatrical readings and exhibitions.

Shrine to Sports: College Football Hall of Fame

The entrance to the College Football Hall of Fame opens into a tunnel. Shadowy silhouettes in helmets and pads run alongside you, and you emerge feeling amped.

Downtown Attraction: The Center for Civil and Human Rights

It's more than a gorgeous addition to downtown or a celebration of our city’s legacy. The $65 million facility serves as both a primer on the modern civil rights era and a challenging reminder of global human rights abuses that persist today.

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