Friday, July 8, 2011

 News Release
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Brings Public Art Program to Downtown Atlanta

Elevate / Art Above Underground, presents an assortment of exhibitions showcasing
Local, National and International talent

Atlanta, Ga. -The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program officially launches Elevate / Art Above Underground August 26 - October 30, 2011. Elevate / Art Above Underground, is a temporary art event featuring innovative projects by local, national and international artists along the Upper Alabama Street Corridor and surrounding areas in central downtown Atlanta.  
Elevate / Art Above Underground as an initiative of the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program, brings public art to downtown Atlanta that will stimulate an emerging interest in public art and downtown Atlanta. Elevate will present an assortment of exhibitions ranging from large murals to highly conceptual art with a focus on showcasing local talent.
"Underground Atlanta is looking forward to the launch of Elevate/Art Above Underground," says William P. Ciccaglione, General Manager of Underground Atlanta.  "Stimulating educational, economic and cultural growth, the arts play a vital role in our community and we are thrilled to be a part of this unique public art program that will highlight Underground Atlanta and our vibrant downtown."
Programming for Elevate / Art Above Underground, will continue throughout the 66 days and be free and open to the public.  Artists and Organizations supported by Elevate and The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs are as follows:

2 Kids and a Dream
Richard Arnold
Lillian Blades
Chris Chambers
Carlos Eguiguren
Sarah Emerson
Living Walls

Alice Lovelace
Ola Bad
Fahamu Pecou
Allison Rentz
Sunday Southern Art Revival
Nathan Sharratt

Deanna Sirlin
Priscilla Smith
Ruth Stanford
Théâtre du Rêve
Lisa Tuttle
Valeria Yamamoto
Edward Wenzer
Martha Whittington
Public Art installations throughout Atlanta will birth an appreciation for art in and around Atlanta.  The addition of Elevate / Art Above Underground to the public art offerings will allow residents and visitors to explore art within a context of a culturally rich city which will contribute to the image of Atlanta as a thriving cultural hub,” -- Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a variety of cultural offerings in order to inspire residents and visitors to experience Atlanta’s cultural community. The Public Art Program is responsible for public art stewardship within the City of Atlanta. For more information visit:

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