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NEWS BRIEF: Elevate 2022 & Atlanta Art Week celebrate Atlanta’s many artistic communities

Elevate 2022 hosts art events around the city through October 9

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Photo credit: Elevate Atlanta
Elevate continues through October 9

On September 16, Elevate 2022, a near-month long arts festival, kicked-off with the 2022 Mayor’s Pride Exhibit at Atlanta City Hall. This year’s theme is “Open Spaces,” a celebration throughout many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods — previous years took place in a singular community.

The festival’s last week, ending on October 9, corresponds with the inaugural Atlanta Art Week, which is described as “a celebration of Atlanta’s visual art and culture,” with “extended opening hours and special events by participating galleries, museums, institutions, artists, and non-profit spaces.”

Recently, Camilla Russell Love (Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs) and Opal Moore (poet, author, and Spelman College professor) joined WABE’s “City Lights with Lois Reitzes" to talk about Elevate 2022. During the interview, Love described the planning going into this year’s festival, “Last year, we were able to get access to a million dollars in funding from the American Rescue Funds, and we spent $650,000 of it last year, and we had $350,000 left for this year. One of the requirements, as we use the money, it asked us to have activities that get people to come out. And so as we looked at the Elevate possibilities for this year, we said, ‘Well, let’s just get people out in open spaces — uptown, midtown, and downtown and all around town.’”

The Elevate website describes the festival’s goal to “enhance the city’s cultural offerings by providing free, quality cultural experiences that highlight what makes Atlanta unique and increasing Atlanta’s cultural and economic vitality.”

See the entire schedule for Elevate 2022 at elevateatlart.com.