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Ga. advocacy groups call for state to increase arts funding

By Howard Pousner /

Two Georgia arts advocacy organizations, ArtsGeorgia and the Georgia Arts Network, have jointly drafted a declaration encouraging support of an increase in state funding for the arts for fiscal year 2015.

The document notes that the Georgia Council for the Arts’ budget has been cut from $4 million in 2008 to $586,466 today, placing the state at the bottom nationally in per capita arts support.

Here’s the full text of the declaration:


The Georgia Council for the Arts budget was severely cut in 2008 from $4 Million Dollars to its current level of $586,466. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the available programs and services that the GCA is able to deliver to the arts industry in Georgia. The current budget profoundly limits the grants program, leaving some of Georgia’s valuable arts organizations without well-deserved and much-needed support. It caused Georgia to be ranked 50th in …

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3 ‘Imaginary Worlds’ sculptures to star in Botanical Garden’s ‘Holiday Lights’

“Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life,” the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s hit exhibit, ends on Thursday. But the 25-foot-tall Earth Goddess sculpture will remain a long-term fixture in the garden.

With thousands of tiny lights replacing plants, she will be transformed during the seasonal light show “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” (opening Nov. 16 through Jan. 4) into Ice Goddess.

The two giant “Imaginary Worlds” cobras similarly will morph into Candy Cane Cobras.

More than 162,000 guests visited “Imaginary Worlds” from May through September, doubling attendance over the same period last year, according to a garden spokesperson. Meanwhile, membership has increased 30 percent, to more than 25,000 households. HOWARD POUSNER

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High Museum to host ‘Dream Cars’ exhibit in summer ‘14

By Howard Pousner

Having gotten good mileage out of an exhibition of custom-designed, limited-edition automobiles in 2010, the High Museum of Art is getting back in the car business.

It announced Thursday that it will mount an exhibit of 19 concept cars from the 1930s to the 21st century in “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” on view from May 22 through Sept. 7, 2014.

The show will pair the futuristic cars from Europe and the U.S. with conceptual drawings, patents and scale models. The thrust of the exhibit is to show how experimental design oiled the gears of progress, elevating the automobile from a functional object to a symbol of future possibilities.

Concept cars typically are not limited by marketplace considerations. They are created as showcases of innovative design and styling and as opportunities to experiment with new technology.

“Dream Car” star attractions will include:

  • “L’Oeuf Électrique” (1942), Paul Arzens’ …

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gloATL, Living Walls enhance Gainesville arts event

When “Inspired Georgia: 28 Works From Georgia’s State Art Collection” opens at Gainesville’s Quinlan Arts Center Thursday night, two Atlanta-based outfits will enhance the happening as part of week-long residencies.

  • gloATL will perform at the 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception for “Inspired” and Quinlan’s “66th Annual Members’ Exhibition.”
  • From noon to 2 p.m. Friday, both Atlanta groups will participate in an interactive artists talk, “Collaboration as Salvation,” starting on the Gainesville Square downtown and leading into Smithgal Arts Center.
  • Finally, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a “Big Reveal” of a Living Walls mural, with a gloATL performance, at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue on Clarks  Bridge Road.



Here is an AJC story that appeared Sept. 21 announcing the “Inspired Georgia” tour:

Exhibit to travel to nine locales
Works by some of Georgia’s iconic artists will make the round

Nine Georgia communities will host a …

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France-Atlanta performance collaboration kicks off Wednesday

The France-Atlanta 2013 exchange program, kicking off this week, includes an intriguing arts component that has brought Toulouse, France, dance ensemble Association Manifeste here for a two-week residency/collaboration with CORE Performance Company.

Highlights include a free salon for a work-in-progress by the two groups at 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at CORE’s studios, 139 Sycamore St., Decatur; and a free Association Manifeste outdoor performance of “Point of View on the Street Corner,” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Forsyth and Poplar streets in downtown Atlanta. The latter also is being presented as part of the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affiars’ public art program Elevate Week 2013.

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Downtown gets a public art lift starting Friday night from Elevate 2013

By Howard Pousner

Elevate Week 2013, the City of Atlanta’s public art commissioning program taking place downtown from Oct. 18 to 26,will revolve around the theme “Transit: Time, People and Places.”

The installations, murals and events orchestrated by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs will unfold along North and South Broad Street and the Broad Street Plaza/Five Points MARTA station.

Highlights include:

  • Opening Night Block Party: With performances by Giwayen Mata, Ursula Kendall Johnson, RemoteKontrol,cq, they jam together Dragon House, DJ Speakerfoxxx and DJ Genesis, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Fairlie-Poplar district.
  • “Mass Transit Muse”: A mobile multimedia theater performance from Mike Molina and 7 Stages aboard MARTA between the Inman Park and Five Points stations, 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and 7 p.m. Oct. 25.
  • “Streetmuseum,” a tour of 10 blown-up works from the Clark Atlanta University Gallery, posted on building exteriors along International …

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ASO weekend concerts to be free for furloughed workers, veterans

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra can’t solve the government shutdown, but it plans to provide some free music therapy to furloughed federal workers.

The ASO announced Tuesday that it will offer federal employees with government IDs two free tickets to classical concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday or a  concert at 8 p.m. Friday by vocalist Chris Mann and the ASO. Mann is known for his appearances on NBC’s “The Voice.”

All three concerts will be in Symphony Hall.

The tickets — also available to veterans and military familes — must be claimed in advance at the Woodruff Arts Center box office. The offer will stand even if the impasse is resolved this week.

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Meier’s High Museum landmark opened 30 years ago


– The High Museum of Art’s landmark building on Peachtree Street designed by Richard Meier opened three decades ago, on Oct. 15, 1983. The glistening white-tiled edifice with its crisp, curving lines contributed to Meier winning the 1984 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. In 2005, what’s now known as the Stent Family Wing was featured in a series of U.S. postage stamps saluting 12 masterworks of modern American architecture. HOWARD POUSNER

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Horizon Theatre adds shows to ‘Third Country’ run

Horizon adds five shows of “Third Country”

Horizon Theatre has added five performances to its world premiere run of “Third Country,” Decatur playwright Suehyla El-Attar’s drama set amid the refugee resettlement of evolving Clarkston.

  • Student and senior matinees have been added at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 24 and 25 ($12 for student groups, $15 for senior groups, with limited $20 tickets for the public).
  • Horizon has also added evening shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24 ($20).

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Culture notes: Theater, dance artists discuss ‘Hamlet’; long-time Atlanta Symphony musician dies

Theater, dance artists discuss ‘Hamlet’

With “Hamlet” on the boards at Georgia Shakespeare through Oct. 27 and to be performed by Atlanta Ballet in April, the two arts institutions have decided to share notes on the tragedy with audiences following the 2 p.m. performance for the next three Sundays. The free 5 p.m. talks include: play director Richard Garner and choreographer Stephen Mills on Oct. 13; actor Joe Knezevich and dancer John Welker, both of whom portray Hamlet, on Oct. 20; and Kendall Simpson discussing his score for the play and Philip Glass’ score for the dance on Oct. 27. $15-$40. Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-504-1473, HOWARD POUSNER

Atlanta Symphony bassist dies
Retired Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bass player Ralph Jones died Wednesday after a courageous fight with cancer. The ASO posted the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beloved …

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