Arts, Local

ELEVATE Art Festival Embraces Atlanta’s Community

African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta Executive Director Fahamu Pecou is helping to curate this year's ELEVATE.
African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta Executive Director Fahamu Pecou is helping to curate this year's ELEVATE.
Credit Bryan Meltz

This year, ELEVATE is showcasing art in the historic Atlanta neighborhood Pittsburgh.

The public art program and festival can be seen throughout Atlanta as murals, performances and cultural events from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19 and is hosted by the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

“The focus of ELEVATE is to enhance the city’s cultural offerings by providing free, quality cultural experiences that highlight what makes each area unique and increasing Atlanta’s cultural and economic vitality,” according to ELEVATE’s website.

Atlanta-based artist Fahamu Pecou is curating the program through the African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta.  Humanity is at the heart of his artwork, and the guiding principle of the festival events.

Pecou, ADAMA executive director,  joined “City Lights” to discuss ELEVATE and to say why he thinks the event is vital to our community.