Atlanta’s quick to name the block-busting Hollywood films and TV shows made in the city — Black Panther, The Walking Dead and so on. But local artists say a little more love for the city’s home-grown film, sculpture, dance and other arts would pay off in more ways than one.
When Jenn Cornell cranked up her cello at the top of the Northbound train escalator at MARTA’s Five Points Station Monday afternoon, maybe a dozen or so passengers gathered round to watch or listen or take videos. Atlanta transit riders can expect more moments worth stopping for – be it music, dance, painting or other art – as the transit system kicks off a reinvigorated arts program.
By Guest Columnist KEVIN H. POSEY, an advocate for sustainable transportation and urban development practices worldwide
Atlanta is notorious for being a car-dependent city. Whether it’s minor snowstorms that create scenes akin to a bad disaster movie or burning bridges made of steel and concrete – materials not known for their combustibility – Atlanta’s car addiction is now in the same league as that of legendary Los Angeles. But in a revolutionary change of direction, the bike is being elevated as a legitimate way to get around for those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead in Lycra.
“We rise in glory as we sink in pride.” ~ Andrew Young
Big Heart Park sits between Centennial Olympic Park and the hotel district (one block west of the Westin Peachtree Plaza). Andrew Young’s words above are inscribed in large letters along the wall that surrounds this metal obelisk.
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Live Performances: Saira Raza with 10th Letter, Sanam Studio Dancers & Becky Katz performed live at the BeltLine Reynoldstown stage on Saturday September 19. Their performance of Dandelion’s Voyage was an experimental cinematic and musical experience, inspired by Bollywood, folk music, and science fiction. For more information on Saira, visit http://sistersai.com/. For more information on Art on the Atlanta BeltLine including a schedule of future live performances, visit http://art.beltline.org/.