At 30, Young Audiences changing name
Young Audiences, the Woodruff Arts Center division that celebrated its 30th anniversary at a benefit luncheon Monday, has announced it is changing its name. Beginning June 1, it will become Arts for Learning, Woodruff Arts Center. “Our work is not only about exposing students to the arts as audience members, but also actively engaging them in their own learning,” explained Charisse Williams, president of the arts-in-education organization that serves more than 250,000 Georgia students annually. www.yawac.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Hilty to star at Alliance benefit
Alliance Theatre has announced that stage and screen star Megan Hilty has replaced Rita Wilson as featured performer at the 6th annual A Tony Evening fund-raiser at the W Hotel-Midtown at 7 p.m. May 10. The theater cited a Wilson family obligation for the change. The party, which also will feature Atlanta singer Francine Reed, benefits the Alliance’s programs for youth
High Museum to present choral music installation
The High Museum of Art has announced that it will present an installation by sound artist Janet Cardiff, “The Forty Part Motet,” starting this fall.
From the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, the installation reworks a 1556 choral piece for 40 voices, featuring 59 singers performing Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui.”
The voices were recorded separately but are played in unison through 40 loudspeakers on tripods. As visitors move among the speakers, they hear distinct voices and also varied harmonies.
“The Forty Part Motet” will run Oct. 11 through Jan. 18, 2015, concurrent with the previously announced exhibit “‘Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.” www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Drouet named 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award winner
Amandine Drouet has been named the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award winner for 2014-15.
Drouet receives a
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Securing its leadership team for a run deep into this decade, Atlanta Ballet has extended the contract of executive director Arturo Jacobus for five years, promoting him to president and CEO.
In his fifth season with the company, which operates with a $9.9 million annual budget, Jacobus has presided over a period of economic stabilization that has spurred artistic growth.
Under his watch, Atlanta Ballet completed a $20.7 million“Choreographing Our Future” capital campaign, the largest fund-raising effort in its 85-year history, and moved into West Midtown’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, a renovated 55,000-square-foot former factory.
He also led the ballet to establish an artistic innovation fund that has helped attract top choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin and Alexei Ratmansky. Additionally, the company brought back the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, appointed choreographer in residence Helen Pickett and launched the current season
Tellus to open late for lunar eclipse
It’s a school night, but Tellus Science Museum officials think the total lunar eclipse happening in the wee hours of April 15 has such educational value for future scientists that the Cartersville attraction plans to be open from 1 to 5:30 a.m.
The observatory and all the galleries will be open throughout, and the planetarium will offer sky tours and eclipse demonstrations at 2, 3 and 4 a.m.
In addition to the observatory’s 20-inch PlaneWave telescope, smaller telescopes on the museum grounds will be aimed at the moon. Images of the moon will be broadcast from the observatory into the theater, where Tellus experts will provide running commentary. Should the skies over the museum become cloudy, it will broadcast the eclipse image from a clear site elsewhere in North or South America.
Regular admission applies: $14; $12 ages 65 and up; $10 students and ages 3-17; free, active military with ID. 100 Tellus Drive (Exit 293 off I-75),
BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Hank Aaron, who was honored by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking 715th home run, will be the subject of a small exhibit opening April 24 at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.
“He Had a Hammer: The Legacy of Hank Aaron in Baseball and American Culture” will include scouting reports, fan and hate mail, photos and posters.
The exhibit was drawn from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), including recently processed and now available-to-the-public materials from the collection of former Braves executive Richard A. Cecil. It was co-curated by Emory baseball players Kyle Arbuckle, Warren Kember and Brett Lake.
Through Aug. 10. Free, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. www.web.library.emory.edu.
Here is more from Emory on Dick Cecil’s baseball collection:
Cecil’s Hank Aaron materials in MARBL include scouting reports that assess Aaron’s potential as a Major League Baseball prospect;
Atlanta artist creates Derby posters
Susan Easton Burns fell under the spell of horses as a girl growing up in upstate New York, enjoys the equestrian life today and has found the powerful animals an inspiring subject for her paintings that merge motion with emotion.
The Kentucky Derby tapped the Atlanta painter as the official artist of its 140th running, and she has created posters for it and the preliminary Kentucky Oaks race.
Marietta’s Dk Gallery will host an art talk and poster signing event from 2 to 6 p.m. April 12.
“The artistic challenge for me was to remember what the day really represents and to convey that meaning as honestly as possible,” Burns said in her Derby artist biography. “Thousands of people have spent countless hours establishing two small minutes as a reminder of some simple principles that guide us in the universe. Unity, the pursuit of excellence and honoring those who came before us are some of the principles that
High school musical nominees announced
Milton High School and Tri-Cities High School lead the pack in nominations for the Shuler Hensley Awards (also known as the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards), announced Wednesday. The two Fulton County schools each scored 14 nominations.
Other nominee leaders are West Forsyth School (11) and Johns Creek and Calhoun high schools (10 each).
In all, 34 schools received either a nomination or an honorable mention. Full list: www.shulerawards.org.
The awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets, $20: 1-800-653-8000, ticketmaster.com. HOWARD POUSNER
BY SALLY HANSELL / FOR THE AJC
When outsider artist Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM, died in 1986, he left behind a visionary art complex of painted concrete walls, totems and pagoda-like structures near Buena Vista.
Named Pasaquan, the folk art site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The Pasaquan Preservation Society has maintained the 7-acre site for more than two decades, but preventing deterioration has been more than the small, volunteer group could handle.
That’s where the Kohler Foundation may come in. The preservation of art environments, folk architecture and collections of self-taught artists is a major thrust of the Wisconsin foundation.
Kohler executive director Terri Yoho and a team of contractors and conservators assessed Pasaquan’s repair needs on March 25. Floors are collapsing in some of the buildings, and paint is fading and flaking off murals of giant flowers, wave patterns and geometric motifs.
The next day the
Singing Blind Willie McTell’s praises
Flux Projects points out that Atlanta has 71 roads named Peachtree but none named for Blind Willie McTell, the famed blues musician (1898-1959) who played his 12-string guitar on the city’s street corners for years.
The public art presenter pays posthumous respect to the “Statesboro Blues” songwriter in a program in which it will present buskers at the corner of Peachtree and 10th, 12th and 14th streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every Thursday in April. Flux is referring to this Midtown stretch of Peachtree as “McTell Street.”
Free. www.fluxprojects.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Artist makes a case for sculpture
Tom Player, a lawyer turned artist who works in Atlanta and Highlands, N.C., will mount a show of more than 30 sculptures, April 4-6 at Tula Arts Center in Buckhead.
Player’s exhibit will include, he said, “a massive cape buffalo, a truly frightening crocodile fountain, a playful otter fountain and four
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Henri Jova, the Atlanta architect who died in January at age 94, left a major imprint on the city.
The former Jova/Daniels/Busby chairman, a jaunty modernist whose work was girded in reverence for the classical, will be honored in a memorial celebration at 5 p.m. April 3 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
His and his firm’s diverse credits include Colony Square, the Carter Presidential Library, the circular, space-age-styled bank branch-turned-restaurant (formerly Piebar and soon to be Cirque) hard by I-85 at Monroe Drive, additions for the Temple and and Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a new sanctuary for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. He also designed the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.
To give a flavor of the architect’s inspiring career, here are excerpts on three notable projects from David Rinehart’s 2009 book “Henri Jova, A Classical Intermezzo: An Architect’s Life” (Atlanta History Center,