City Lights: Arts And Atlanta’s Mayoral Runoff

Lois Reitzes interviews guests Jessica Caldas, Fabian Williams and Lisa Cremin.
Lois Reitzes interviews guests Jessica Caldas, Fabian Williams and Lisa Cremin on the role the arts community has played in Altanta's mayoral election and how to work with elected officials once they are in office.
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Ask anyone we’ve had on the show in the last week or the last year, and they will tell you about the importance of the arts, not only to their lives, but to the vitality of the city. That is one of the reasons why the arts is an important issue in the Dec. 5 runoff election.

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City Lights spent this hour hearing from mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood about their positions on arts funding and their priorities for it in their bid for office.

We also spoke with artists and arts advocates about what is on the table in this election and in our civic life beyond the voting booth.

  • 1:31: “All Things Considered” host Amy Kiley speaks with candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms about her campaign and the arts.
  • 10:23: Lois Reitzes speaks with Lisa Cremin, director of community advancement for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, about Bottoms’ positions on the arts and the Mayoral Forum on the Arts.
  • 16:22: We hear from candidate Mary Norwood by way of her remarks at the Forum on the Arts.
  • 25:02: Cremin joins us again to talk about Norwood’s campaign and to compare both candidates.
  • 38:13: Atlanta artists Jessica Caldas and Fabian Williams join Reitzes and Cremin for a conversation on how the Atlanta arts community has reacted to this election, their views on the place of art within our civic life, and strategies for working with elected officials once voting day has come and gone.