The annual National Black Arts Festival is months away, but it’s not clear if the organization will have an executive director in place. For the third time in four years, the organization is once again looking for leadership.
In May of 2009, WABE interviewed Neil Barclay. He had just been introduced as the new executive director of the National Black Arts Festival. Barclay was replacing longtime executive producer Stephanie Hughley.
He talked about the challenges of a large arts organization like NABF.
In this Atlanta Sounds audio slideshow, we meet Kerin Reed, a long-time elementary school orchestra director. Reed says her favorite part of the job is watching her students mature on the instruments. She seems especially proud when she finds out that some of them have gone on to play professionally.
For centuries now, millennia in fact, people have been inventing new ways to share art with others. Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of an Atlanta fine art photography gallery, and she’s come up with an innovative way to connect artists with would-be collectors. She stopped by our studios to talk about it with WABE’s Steve Goss.
Downtown Atlanta will come alive on Friday night with the formal start of 'Elevate,' a free, public art event spread across downtown. Over nine days, local, national and international contemporary artists will transform downtown streets into a living art experience, with everything from mixed-media installations, to music, to graffiti artists, to an all-out street party.
Over the weekend, the downtown Atlanta neighborhood of Castleberry Hill hosted its third annual Flux Night. Flux is a public arts event featuring light and sound installations, dance performances, gallery exhibits and more. Aleck Ragsdale has this report.