The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced the 2019 lineup of exhibitions, events, and community activities for the city’s annual public art festival, ELEVATE, which will be hosted in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta from Monday, Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 19.
This year, the City of Atlanta has teamed up with the curatorial team from the African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA) to present a number of exhibitions featuring artists from across Atlanta.
The focus of ELEVATE is to enhance the city’s cultural offerings by providing free, quality cultural experiences that highlight what makes each area unique and increase Atlanta’s cultural and economic vitality.
In collaboration with several local organizations, OCA will present a variety of community events during the week of ELEVATE for all ages. Highlights of the weeklong festival include a children’s festival and book fair, photo exhibitions, musical performances and movie screenings.
Each October, ELEVATE is presented with a specially curated “theme” that emphasizes various artistic elements and features local, national and/or international art and artists strategically presented to capture the interest and imagination of viewers, while providing an entirely new and accessible experience for Atlantans. This year’s theme explores the concept of “cultural capital.”
“As developers make plans to reimagine Pittsburgh, we will explore the often overlooked yet deeply embedded cultural resource of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods—it’s people,” said ADAMA executive director Fahamu Pecou. “‘Cultural capital’ explores the very real, fragile, and human stories embedded in communities like Pittsburgh and its past, present, and future.”
“Cultural capital” provokes a dynamic conversation around notions of community, access, memory, and development, Pecou explained. The concept of “cultural capital” provokes a dynamic conversation around ideas of community, access, memory, and development.
The festival will also see the installation of a variety of murals across the Pittsburgh neighborhood. The OCA has also partnered with the Department of City Planning to install several mural bike racks in Pittman Park.
Monday, Oct. 14 will mark the opening of the newly redesigned Pyramid Grocery Food Store, a cultural cornerstone of the Pittsburgh neighborhood.
The grocery store has undergone an interior makeover to emphasize its focus on community access to fresh fruits and vegetables redesigned by local artists Chloe Floyd, Katina Benenate, Lamont Rudolph, and Alison Hamil.
The exterior of the store will also feature decorative murals from artists Kimberly Binns, Tracy Murrell, Charmaine Minniefield, and Fabian Williams.
In Pittman Park, community-inspired murals by Corey Barksdale will be featured on picnic tables, benches, the pavilion, and grill. 1029 McDaniel Street, previously known as “The Pink Store,” will also receive a new inspirational mural by Charity Hamidullah.
Additional support from this year’s festival comes from Home Depot, Lifecycle Building Center, The Department of City Planning, The Department of Parks and Recreation, Carver STEAM Academy, Atlanta Music Project, France Atlanta, The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alliance Theatre, The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, and SHAPE.
See the full schedule of events below: