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Transfer Ceremony Planned for South Fulton Arts Centers on Jan. 9
Arts, Government

Transfer Ceremony Planned for South Fulton Arts Centers on Jan. 9

The City of South Fulton will hold a transfer ceremony on Thursday, January 9, as it officially acquires the Southwest and South Fulton Arts Centers from Fulton County. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Road, SW. Through its newly expanded Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the city is building on the instructional and performance programming previously facilitated by the county. New partnerships with the Atlanta Opera, the Serenbe Institute and other instructors and production companies are planned. “Our arts program will celebrate the many talents of the residents of South Fulton and these arts centers will be the stages where those talents can flourish and be shared,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “At...
City of South Fulton Acquiring South Fulton, Southwest Arts Centers
Arts, Government

City of South Fulton Acquiring South Fulton, Southwest Arts Centers

On the heels of an announcement from Fulton County that Winter 2020 class registration at South Fulton Arts Center and Southwest Arts Center is postponed, officials say the City of South Fulton will take over management of both facilities. Under the agreement, the city will take the reins at both centers on Jan. 8, when it acquires the Southwest Arts Center. It already owns the South Fulton Arts Center and leases the facility to the county under an agreement that ends the same day. The city aims to offer all of the classes previously facilitated by the county, and continue the relationship with True Colors Theatre Company. Enhancements and new classes in areas like spoken word and African dance are also planned. “Our goal is to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer,” Edwards sa...
City Seeks Residents’ Input to Expand Arts and Culture Programming
Arts, Government

City Seeks Residents’ Input to Expand Arts and Culture Programming

South Fulton residents will soon get the chance to help shape the city’s arts and culture experience, as well as its parks and recreation programming, through a new master planning process. The study, informally called Vision 2020, will look at the city’s programming for visual art, drama, music, voice, dance, live performances, services and classes to determine ways to provide world-class programming while preserving the quality of current offerings. Scheduled to be completed in the spring, the study will give the city’s new Cultural Affairs Division a roadmap of priority initiatives to enhance arts and culture in parks, recreation centers, venues and more than 700 acres of greenspace. The end goal is to create a robust network of historic sites, art galleries, events and festival...
South Fulton Resident Provides Healing and Opportunities through Art
Arts, Business

South Fulton Resident Provides Healing and Opportunities through Art

If you want to know how to craft a life you love, just ask South Fulton’s Ashley Nicole Daramola. The Westlake alumna opened the doors to her new business, ArtzyBella Studio + Shop in East Point earlier this year. It’s a cozy and colorful spot for painting, DIYing and creating away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But while it might look like other art studios, it’s actually unlike anything in the area. Daramola is using her background in mental health to chart new ground in how art is used as a tool for self-care and coping with trauma. “I want to encourage people to incorporate art into their daily routine like yoga or healthy eating because it just helps you process,” she said. “We’re all under stress, especially if you have a job or a family, and I’ve been able to ...
Arts Leader and Advocate Brings Traveling Exhibition to South Fulton
Arts, Events

Arts Leader and Advocate Brings Traveling Exhibition to South Fulton

“Atlanta,” the masterful and meaningful traveling arts exhibition curated by Okeeba Jubalo is making its way to cities across the U.S. On the heels of a stop in Las Vegas, the show arrives in South Fulton on February 15 at the Aviation Community Cultural Center. https://youtu.be/7pVSBaLIL0o Watch the full video interview with Okeeba Jubalo on his fine artists exhibition, "Atlanta" headed to South Fulton on February 15 at the Aviation Community Cultural Center. The show presents a rich tapestry of history, culture, current events and the human condition. It’s orchestrated by Jubalo to leave viewers enriched, enlightened and moved. Each installation features a different group of multidisciplinary artists. Talent featured in shows preceding the South Fulton date have included Ma...
McNair Student Wins Governor’s Red Ribbon Poster Contest
Arts, Schools

McNair Student Wins Governor’s Red Ribbon Poster Contest

McNair Middle School sixth grade student Jaidah Bienaime was recently awarded first place in the 2019 Governor’s Red Ribbon Poster contest. Principal John Madden, Jr. and Maurel Denge, the school's visual arts teacher, proudly took to Twitter to share Bienaime's work and salute her for her talent. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October across the nation. The annual Georgia Red Ribbon Campaign Kick-off highlights a visual arts segment with an art walk display of all poster contest entries and announcement of winning posters from across the state. This year’s poster contest theme was “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Bienaime swept the comp...
GPB Advance Screening of ‘Much Ado’ Sells out in South Fulton
Arts

GPB Advance Screening of ‘Much Ado’ Sells out in South Fulton

Earlier this year, award-winning director Kenny Leon brought a fresh perspective to one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, "Much Ado About Nothing" in New York. Now that production is headed to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), but not before making a stop in South Fulton. GPB is partnering with True Colors Theatre and the Southwest Arts Center for a free preview screening of this bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece. Set for November 18, the event has already sold out. The star-studded production features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“American Son,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) directs with chore...
‘Greenleaf’s’ Rucker to Host ‘Hammonds House Honors’ at Southwest Arts Center
Arts

‘Greenleaf’s’ Rucker to Host ‘Hammonds House Honors’ at Southwest Arts Center

More than 20 individuals will be celebrated at the inaugural Hammonds House Honors on Thursday, September 12 at the Southwest Arts Center. The event, hosted by "Greenleaf's" Lamman Rucker and Monica Pearson, is a celebration of creatives who elevate the visual art of the African Diaspora and the philanthropists that support them. “It’s a signature event that perfectly aligns with our mission and enables us to elevate black visual culture," said Leatrice Ellzy, executive director of Hammonds House Museum. "The proceeds from Hammonds House Honors will help us continue to present the great art, thought-provoking public programs, and cultural and educational programming our audiences expect.” Artists will be recognized across seven categories. Tina M. Dunkley will receive the Lifetime ...
Free Staged Reading of ‘Lions’ at Southwest Arts Center on Sept. 6
Arts

Free Staged Reading of ‘Lions’ at Southwest Arts Center on Sept. 6

True Colors Theatre Company is inviting the community to a free staged reading of "Lions" at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, on Friday, September 6. "Lions" is written by Jihan Crowther. The play is set during a possibly haunted party where Wallis, the world’s worst hostess, attempts to entertain her guests—one of whom is hellbent on commandeering her home before the night is over. When unexpected secrets are revealed, the party takes a turn no one is prepared for. Soon new friends and strangers are forced to choose sides as the chaos inside begins to reflect the turmoil brewing outside. The reading is directed by Ibi Owolabi, and is part of the theatre company's related reading series which helps to introduce the themes of its main stage productions to audiences. Li...
Commissioner Arrington to Honor Original ‘Black Panther’ Artist
Arts, Nearby News

Commissioner Arrington to Honor Original ‘Black Panther’ Artist

Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. and the Auburn Avenue Branch of the Fulton County Library System will host "The Color of Comics: Behind the Black Panther" on August 31. The event will honor Billy Graham, the late artist who was the first African-American to draw both the Black Panther and Luke Cage characters for Marvel in the 1970’s. Several panels and group discussions are also planned. Topics to be explored include Black femininity and masculinity in American comics. Don McGregor, the original writer of the Black Panther comic series, and Alex Simmons will lead a presentation on "The Black Behind the Panther." Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC, will share his latest comics venture hold an autograph signing session. “The Academy Award nominated film...

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