Atlanta Ballet

The arts improve our quality of life far beyond their economic impact

By Guest Columnist PATTY POULTER, dean of the College of Arts at Kennesaw State University

Were you among the hundreds of millions of viewers who watched the Oscars or the Grammys recently? Have you seen some of the top-rated movies or listened to the hottest chart-busters in music?

On the local scene, perhaps you enjoyed Broadway star Jason Alexander of TV’s Seinfeld fame when he performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in early March – or you attended Wicked at the fabulous Fox Theatre.

Greg Wittkamper with some of the students who desegregated Americus High School in 1964.

“Class of ‘65”: The moral guts of a bullied middle child

On March 31 at the Carter Center, Greg Wittkamper will recount the reconciliation with his high school classmates in Americus who bullied and nearly killed him for living in a mixed-race community that gave rise to Habitat for Humanity.

The story forms “Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness” by noted Atlanta author Jim Auchmutey, scheduled for release next month.

Bellwood Quarry

As more people move to the City of Atlanta, having quality parks is key

In route to a plenary session at Park Pride’s annual conference, I passed a small, Midtown residential building located a short walk from Piedmont Park with units starting at $750,000 – a pretty penny for a town home.

It seemed an appropriate sighting as I headed to a plenary session: Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification. The focus was on the natural challenges of sustainable, equitable development.

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Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 27, 2015

Plans to host a 2015 summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Atlanta have hit a major stumbling block because Mayor Kasim Reed has withdrawn the city’s participation.

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