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Culture notes: Design museum gets $50,000 grant toward construction; High to host Tweetup on 9/1

MUSEUMS
Grant helps pay down MODA construction

The Museum of Design Atlanta has received a $50,000 grant to help pay for the build-out of its new Midtown space across Peachtree Street from the High Museum of Art. The grant was given by the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund of Atlanta.

The Atlanta architectural firm Perkins+Will, which owns the six-story building at Peachtree and 16th streets, contributed more than $1 million to design and construct MODA’s street-level galleries and offices. But there were $75,000 in additional costs, debt that the Woodward Fund gift will significantly reduce.

“To say that we are thrilled is an understatement,” MODA executive director Brenda Galina said in a statement, pointing out that the grant will allow the museum to focus funds and attention on its design exhibits and related programming.

MODA’s current show, “Water Dream: The Art of Bathroom Design” closes Sept. 17, and will be followed by a trio of exhibits opening Oct. 2, including “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters.” Information: www.museumofdesign.org. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Get Tweeting at High

A picture being worth a thousand words is so passe.

At the High Museum of Art Tweetup event, 5-8 p.m Sept. 1, they’ll be artfully described in 140 characters by participants using #hightweetup to share their impressions with the Twitterverse. Co-hosted by the High and the visual art site burnaway.org, the free event invites visitors to bring their smart phones and explore the museum’s permanent collection and exhibits including “Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine,” “John Marin’s Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism” and “The Resonant Image: Photographs by Chip Simone.”

To register, go to www.high.org/Get-Involved/Tweet-up-Reservation.aspx. HOWARD POUSNER

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