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Poets, Artists & Madmen

It doesn’t take a peek into Ponce City Market or walk along the Atlanta Beltine to know that the city of Atlanta’s landscape is in the midst of a rapid transformation. Whether or not all of this stadium and streetcar building will benefit the city’s greater cultural good remains to be seen. But like any major development in Atlanta’s historic past one thing that has always remained constant is the artistic community’s willingness to adapt, adjust, and stay inspired.

Case and point: This year’s Forward Warrior Project in Cabbagetown, spearheaded by local artist Peter Ferrari. In a year where Living Walls took some time off, and neighborhoods are losing character one mixed-use development at a time, Ferrari and co. brought more than 30 local visual artists out to cover the walls along Wylie Street in June. Going down in a historic neighborhood, relatively untouched by outside corporate hands, the resulting event showed how strong and inspirational our native creatives are.

This year we wanted to highlight the people, places, and organizations that have and still do fuel the city’s artistic spirit in the face of unprecedented change. Whereas old faithfuls such as the Fox Theatre and Adult Swim — which continues to put out quality, bat-shit-crazy programming 15 years after its launch — have stuck to their guns, there’s also a new crop of names filling voids left by creatives past.

Murmur Media, aka the Atlanta Zine Fest, opened its permanent space in South Downtown this summer, and now local zinesters have a venue to mix, mingle, and, most importantly, create. In a year where social justice and injustice was a hot-button issue, Wussy Mag emerged as thoughtful, well-curated voice for the city’s LGBTQ community.

The last year also saw more than $6 billion come through the state thanks to television and film production crews. On any given day there’s at least 30 productions being filmed in Georgia, so we decided to show love to some of the best in local TV and film. The local lit scene is still going strong, so we put the spotlight on everyone from the ol’ school players (Write Club) to the new-school fools (Lit. Atlanta). And how would we be able to keep track of all of this without our local documentarians? We turned the lens on four photographers (Ryan Vizzions, Julian Plowden, @welovebuhi, and Proph Bundy) who, in their own distinct styles, help us visualize Atlanta’s past, present, and future.

Regardless of what Atlanta looks like in years to come, you can bet that the visual and performing artists will have their say. We — residents, politicians, and civic leaders — owe it to ourselves to stop, look, and listen to their messages.

— Gavin Godfrey, Culture Editor


Best literary event BOA Award Winner

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Emily Giffin AND Kate Sweeney

Emily Giffin


www.emilygiffin.com


AND


Kate Sweeney


www.americanafterlifebook.com

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Topher Payne

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Cabbagetown

Best opening BOA Award Winner


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Best pop-up art space BOA Award Winner

  1. weloveatl truck

Best street photographer BOA Award Winner

Lauren Holley

Silver screen South: Best production job source BOA Award Winner

Reel-Crew Production Company

Street scenes: Best cityscape photographer BOA Award Winner

Ryan Vizzions

Best art exhibit in a nontraditional space BOA Award Winner

Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Best artist asking tough questions BOA Award Winner

Jessica Caldas

Best book event BOA Award Winner

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Best local artist's Instagram BOA Award Winner

@graphiknation
@graphiknation

Best local arts die-hard BOA Award Winner

Terry Kearns

Best male actor BOA Award Winner

Kevin Harry

Best play BOA Award Winner

Avenue Q

Silver screen South: Best fest for under-the-radar storytelling BOA Award Winner

Out on Film
Approaching 30, Out on Film is one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the U.S. In a country where same-sex marriage has finally been legalized, the fall fest functions as an eight-day education that includes screenings, panels, workshops, and parties centered on bringing often-untold storiesmore...
Approaching 30, Out on Film is one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the U.S. In a country where same-sex marriage has finally been legalized, the fall fest functions as an eight-day education that includes screenings, panels, workshops, and parties centered on bringing often-untold stories to the forefront. www.outonfilm.org. less...

Silver screen South: Best local film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Silver screen South: Best local film series BOA Award Winner

WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series
With all the major productions it can be easy for the spotlight to shift away from the indie filmmaker. The minds at WonderRoot, the Atlanta Film Festival, and Plaza Theatre understand that and have helped keep our local talent in the collective consciousness with WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostlymore...
With all the major productions it can be easy for the spotlight to shift away from the indie filmmaker. The minds at WonderRoot, the Atlanta Film Festival, and Plaza Theatre understand that and have helped keep our local talent in the collective consciousness with WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series. The quarterly series puts the underdog on top, one flick at a time. www.wonderroot.org. less...

A day in the life of leading lady Randi Garza BOA Award Winner

The 2015 Critics Pick for Best female actor drives more than 100 miles, goes through four wig changes, and 10 wardrobe switches in a day

Best creative use of a future food hall BOA Award Winner

Up Right: Atlanta

Best female actor BOA Award Winner

Randi Garza

Best literary event BOA Award Winner

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Emily Giffin AND Kate Sweeney

Emily Giffin


www.emilygiffin.com


AND


Kate Sweeney


www.americanafterlifebook.com

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Topher Payne

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Cabbagetown

Best opening BOA Award Winner

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