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Artists Inspire Civic Engagement With ‘Goldsmack’

Artist Haylee Anne's photography is projected on Jessica Caldas' sculpture for the "Goldsmack" exhibit.
Artist Haylee Anne's photography is projected on Jessica Caldas' sculpture for the "Goldsmack" exhibit.
Credit Haylee Anne

Early voting is open until the end of the week, with Atlantans making their final decisions Tuesday for new city leadership. Two artists in particular want everyone to get to the polls. More than that, they want more civically-minded and engaged citizens.

The artists are Jessica Caldas and Haylee Anne. This weekend, they open their exhibit called “Goldsmack.” In addition to an installation, they will be hosting two panels on civic engagement and preservation.

Caldas and Anne invited candidates running for office to the panels to hear some artists’ concerns for the future of Atlanta.

“The arts have never been taken that seriously here,” Anne said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “There is a wealth of talent here that is being overlooked.”

“I would love for City Council and the Mayor’s office to work together to think about the creative ways artists and the arts community can work toward issues not traditionally associated with the arts like affordable housing, infrastructure, transportation,” Caldas said. “Artists have a lot of solutions to these problems that are different.”

“Goldsmack” opens Saturday at Eyedrum. Their panels are Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. WABE’s Myke Johns hosts Sunday’s panel.