March 2024

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Join us on March 1st for

Night of Ideas: Behold the Land

Atlanta is gearing up for the much-anticipated return of Night of Ideas on Friday, March 1, 2024, marking its third annual installment. Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois' timeless speech "Behold the Land" (1946) and a collection of captivating photographs by local artist Sheila Pree Bright (2022), this event promises an array of engaging activities. Attendees can look forward to thought-provoking conversations, immersive Equitable Dinners, refreshing nature walks, captivating screenings, and inspiring performances, all designed to foster a deeper connection to our shared landscape and spark new visions for urban living.

The significance of Atlanta's role as a leading city in the South cannot be overstated, as its decisions today will shape the social and ecological landscape of the entire region tomorrow.

Featuring prominent figures such as Chandra Farley, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Atlanta, along with acclaimed photographic artist Sheila Pree Bright, environmental scientist Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, writer Hannah Palmer, urbanist Mark Chambers, Muskogee scholar Laura Harjo, French historian Sebastien Marot, and Senegalese performer Ngnima Sarr, aka T.I.E, Behold the Land delves into the theme of urban evolution through the lenses of environment, Afro-futurism, and artistic expression.

Exploring pressing questions surrounding cities' preparedness for environmental challenges and Atlanta's potential to lead the way as a model of ecological and equitable urban development, this event promises to be an enlightening and enriching evening where culture and philosophy intertwine.

Presented by Villa Albertine, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta History Center, and curated by Clint Fluker & Nasim Fluker (Thrd Space), the Night of Ideas offers a unique opportunity to engage with the city's vibrant cultural scene.

The Atlanta History Center’s exhibitions and bookshop are open to the public throughout the event, and as always, Night of Ideas is free and open to all.

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Call for Artists:

Midtown Bike Lane Barrier Mural Project

The City of Atlanta Department of Transportation

and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking a Metro Atlanta based team including a muralist, project manager, community engagement manager, and public relations specialist to submit qualifications for a project to install painted concrete barriers along 10th Street & Piedmont Park between a bike lane and general traffic in Midtown Atlanta.

Applicants should build qualification packets showing resumes, defining roles, sharing sample budgets, portfolios, and experience with community engaged projects.

Qualification packets due March 14th at 5PM EST

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Summerhill's Heritage Park Memorial Restored

In February, the OCA's Conservation and Maintenance Team restored the Heritage Park Memorial, located in Atlanta's Summerhill Neighborhood.

Located on a prominent high point in the Summerhill community, Heritage Park overlooks the surrounding neighborhood, downtown Atlanta, and Turner Field. Installed in 1996 and designed by three Georgia Tech architecture professors, this artwork serves as a community gateway. Overtime, due to welcome use by residents and visitors to Heritage Park, the large granite archway, circular bench and decorative floor were in much need of cleaning. An unfortunate reality of maintaining art assets in public spaces is mitigating vandalism, in addition to usual upkeep. Thankfully, our team was able to remove vandalism from the artwork and retore the floor to reveal its "Street of Atlanta" pattern.

You can visit this place in heritage Park, located at Richmond Street SE and Reed Street SE.

Celebrating Women's History Month: Recognizing Women's Contributions Throughout History

Women's History Month, serves as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of women to historical events and contemporary society. This commemorative month aligns with International Women's Day on March 8.

The origins of Women's History Month date back to 1978 when it was initially established as "Women's History Day" in Sonoma County, California. Spearheaded by Gerda Lerner and the National Women's History Alliance, the initiative gained momentum and was officially recognized as a national week in 1980 and later expanded to a month-long celebration in 1987.

Since then, Women's History Month has gained global recognition, spreading to countries beyond its initial inception.

From notable historical figures to contemporary trailblazers, Women's History Month serves as a platform to celebrate and amplify the voices of women who have shaped our world.

As we observe Women's History Month, let us reflect on the remarkable achievements of women throughout history and reaffirm our commitment to advancing gender equality and empowerment for all.

Upcoming Events and Classes

at Chastain Arts Center

Art Classes:

Spring 2024 Session

Join us for an art class this Spring 2024 session at Chastain Arts Center (CAC)!

Located in historic Chastain Park, CAC offers youth, teen, and adult art classes in a variety of mediums year-round.

Spring Session Dates:

March 25th – June 1st, 2024 

10 Week Session

Registration is Open via iPARCS, in person at CAC, and via phone at 404-252-2927.

View Our Spring Catalog

Chastain Gallery Presents:

David Westmeier Memorial Retrospective

Join us for an exciting opening featuring a retrospective of David Westmeier at Chastain Arts Center (CAC)!

David Westmeier is known for functional pieces and large-scale tile murals. Early in his career before 1994, he created wheel-thrown functional stoneware pottery with earth-toned glazes fired in a gas reduction kiln. From 1985 onward, Westmeier focused on the Raku firing method he learned at Chastain Arts Center.

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 15th from 5 - 8 PM


Empower Your Future in the Visual Arts with ArtTable's 2024 Fellowship

ArtTable's Fellowship program has been at the forefront of fostering diversity in the arts since its inception in 2000. Aimed at emerging art professionals who self-identify as women or nonbinary, this program offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the field.

If you're passionate about pursuing a career in the visual arts and belong to an underrepresented group, including cultural, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds historically marginalized in the field, then this fellowship is for you. Whether you're a student or a recent graduate, returning to the field after a break, or looking to expand your professional horizons, ArtTable encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds with relevant skills to apply.

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SCAD SERVE Paint Our Parks Transforms Atlanta Parks with Vibrant Murals

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is proud to share the transformative effect on local neighborhood communities through the university’s unique SCAD SERVE Paint Our Parks public art initiative. Since launching in 2021, SCAD SERVE Paint Our Parks has beautified and enlivened 16 basketball courts and play spaces in the university’s hometowns of Savannah and Atlanta by creating larger-than-life murals conceptualized by an elite roster of talented SCAD alumni artists.

These murals are unique works of art for each local neighborhood and school community, all with defining colors, symbols, iconography, and meaning to each location’s sense of place.

Over the past 18 months, SCAD has worked with local partners including: Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Public Schools, City of Savannah, Savannah Chatham County Public School System, Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance, and Greenbriar Children’s Center.

To commemorate this initiative, the university has produced a short film showcasing all 16 beautified parks with testimonials from community leaders, talented alumni artists, educators, and K-12 students highlighting how the Paint Our Parks initiative has positively impacted their local community now and for years to come.

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The Beloved Community Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications


The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), in partnership with Goldman Sachs, welcomes local youth ages 13-18 to apply to the Beloved Community Leadership Academy, a premier youth leadership program.

The cohort starts on Saturday, April 27th and consists of monthly sessions; four in-person Saturday sessions and four Tuesday evening virtual sessions.

Interested applicants should begin by completing this questionnaire.

Please email all questions, comments, and concerns to &

The Application Deadline date is March 31, 2024

Community Arts Funding

South Arts Presentation Grants

Grants of up to $9,500 fund the presentation of a Southern artist for a performing arts, literary arts, visual arts, or film engagement.

Deadline: March 1

The Jim Henson Foundation

Artist Grants

Production grants ($7,000), Workshop grants ($3,000), and Family grants ($4,000) are available to support the creation of innovative puppet theater.

Deadline: March 1

Georgia Center for Non Profits Spring Sustainable Impact Cohort

Apply for the Spring Sustainable Impact Cohort, a comprehensive program for building capacity and resilience, offered FREE thanks to funding from the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Deadline: March 11

South Arts Southern Circuit Screening Partners

Coordination and marketing support is available for nonprofits that want to host screenings and discussions for the Southern Circuit independent film tour. 

Deadline: March 12

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Matching Grant

Matching grants up to $10,000 are available for projects that extend the reach of arts to underserved communities.

Deadline: April 25

Believe in Reading Grant Program

Funding is available for diverse programs, including adult literacy, ESL, and Braille projects.

Deadline: Open


Hammonds House Museum Launches 2024 Season with Two Bodies of Work by Renowned artist Precious Lovell

Now through April 15, 2024

Hammonds House Museum launches the 2024 exhibition season with renowned artist Precious Lovell’s compelling exploration of the experiences of Black American women and their interconnected relationships in her two new thematic collections, The Fabric Of Our Lives: The Ties That Bind and Ex-Domestication. Curated by the new Hammonds House Museum Artistic Chair Halima Taha.

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Midtown Heart of the Arts

March 1, 2024 @ 6:30 PM

Masud Olufani welcomes you to his studio for a curated evening event featuring African drumming, a libation ceremony and capoeira. Drumming will start at 6:30pm, so plan to arrive at the beginning. Light bites and beverages will be provided.

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ATLANTA CREATIVES BRUNCH Info & Input Session -- hosted by Beautiful Ventures

March 2, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Beautiful Ventures is delighted to invite you to an Info & Input Session over brunch March 2, 2024 -- from 11am-1pm --- exclusively for Atlanta-based creatives to provide input on an exciting prospective project of Beautiful Ventures.

Beautiful Ventures is an artist support organization committed to building the entrepreneurial skill, narrative power, and generational wealth of Black creatives and their communities.

With your support, Beautiful Ventures will be able to develop a media and entertainment complex for creative artists to be located in the Southwest Atlanta. We envision this as a multi-use commercial complex for entertainment industry professionals, creatives and cultural institutions specializing in Black-humanity-affriming storytelling. It would also house a job training program that will open doors for local residents in the state’s $4.4B entertainment industry, along with a restaurant or another retail tenant desirable to the community. The aim of the project is to make Georgia’s entertainment industry more accessible and more connected to our community of local creatives.

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Heart of the Arts Bus Tour

March 7, 2024 @ 9:50 AM

Neda Abghari leads you on a HOTA tour of artists' spaces and murals throughout the Midtown district. Learn more about these talents and the partnerships that make their work possible.

This tour is part of the 2024 Creative Placemaking Summit.

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Scribes Workshop at The Wren's Nest

March 9, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

In this creative writing workshop at The Wren's Nest, unite the power of drawing with the power of words! Students will write a brief story, covering all the major points required in plot. Then, you'll draw brief pictures to illustrate those scenes in a comic book-style page. This workshop is ideal for students who are interested in exploring both creative writing and visual storytelling.

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Deanna Sirlin Open Studio, Featuring Special Guest Nuno Veiga

March 10, 2024 @ 12:30 PM

Meet Deanna in her studio, see her artwork and hear more about her artistic practice. Learn how her exploration of color and light translates from painting to digital work and even application onto sweet treats – provided complimentary to guests! Deanna’s collaborator, Nuno Viegas, will join the event as a guest and DJ. Nuno is a Portuguese artist, visiting the United States for the first time. Deanna and Nuno have collaborated on three projects, despite never having met in person before now.

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A Tribute to Dr. Alfred D. Wyatt

Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band

March 10, 2024 @ 3:30 PM

The Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band (MACB) was founded in October 1996 by Dr. Alfred D. Wyatt, Sr., renowned music educator with the Atlanta Public Schools. 

Join the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band for a celebration of Dr. Wyatt's legacy. Event will take place on the campus of Clark Atlanta University at the Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center.

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True North at 7 Stages

March 15 through March 31, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

All compasses point to Magnetic North, but it is shifting!

True North is a creative exploration of the invisible forces that connect us across the globe, despite our differences. This scientific theatrical experience asks us to consider the invisible forces around us, the ways we interact with them, and the ways they affect all of us. An immersive performance combines the latest scientific research with ancient practices which enable each of us to ground ourselves in the midst of uncertainty. Written by local playwright Lee Nowell and directed by Heidi S Howard.

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Women's Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta 2024

March 17, 2024 @ 10:30 AM

Join us at the Women's Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta on Sunday, March 17th! Celebrating female filmmakers worldwide, this event spotlights independent films and the incredible talent behind them. From directors to actors and writers, come witness the diversity and creativity of women in film. Doors open at 10:30 AM at Limelight Theater, 349 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Don't miss out on this showcase of humor, storytelling, and female stories!

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Dance Canvas

March 22 through March 23, 2024 @ 8:00 PM

Dance Canvas’ acclaimed performance series returns to the Ferst Center, marking their 16th year of of presenting new artists in “Introducing the Next Generation...” The production brings new choreography to the stage, highlighting the work of selected Atlanta, New Jersey, Miami and Washington, DC-based choreographers. “Introducing the Next Generation…” is a diverse mix of ideas, coming to life to the Ferst stage, exploring the bridges between movement and life experiences. The show features a vibrant cast of over 40 professional Ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop dancers.

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NBAF Fine Art + Fashion Show

March 27, 2024 @ 6:30 PM

Fine Art + Fashion brings together lovers of art & fashion with award-winning artists in Visual Arts and Fashion Design. NBAF presents this premiere event each year along with Title Sponsor, Neiman Marcus, to showcase the top emerging and accomplished fashion designers and visual artists. This event also features “The Art of Fashion” runway show curated by Neiman Marcus presenting the boldest and brightest looks in fashion.


Fine Art + Fashion is a truly spectacular evening of fun, fashion, and art that has far-reaching benefits. Your support will not only fund NBAF’s in-school arts education programs for youth in Atlanta Public Schools, but also the Fashion Forward Student Design Program — designed to accelerate the studies of students enrolled in a college Fashion Design degree program.

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The Surreal Puppetry of Jan Švankmajer

March 29, 2024 @ 7:00 PM

From our Films and Conversation Series, grab your tickets for The Surreal Puppetry of Jan Švankmajer on March 29 at 7:00 PM. This event will feature short films and present the work of the surreal Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, an animator who has long engaged with the history of puppetry—from Punch and Judy to folk traditions. Including such work as “Jabberwocky”, adapted from a poem in Alice in Wonderland. Prior to the showing, this event will be introduced by Dr. Patrick Ellis, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

March 29, 2024 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for Grey Seal Puppets' spectacular adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes from March 12-24! Come meet the Emperor, a delightful pink pig who knows how to make a fashion statement. This clever take on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen tale adds a whole new layer of charm and excitement, transforming it into a captivating fable that will enchant audiences of all ages.

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