Arts and Culture
Anyone who has an interest in street art will not be disappointed on a trip to Atlanta. There are a number of impressive murals around the city, and there are several regular events for those who want to find out more. Street Art Events One of the most popular events is the Living Walls Street Art conference. The event started in 2008, and it attracts thousands every year. In 2015, Greg Mike started the outer space Project. This event takes place every year and includes a number of different events across the city. You could also time your visit to coincide with the Forward Warrior, where street artists get together to create a work of art in a particular neighborhood. Street Art Locations So, where can you find the artwork? With more than 200 around the city, there are plenty to choose from, but you could head first to the Krog Street Tunnel or take in the Beltline path. This circles the inner part of the city and runs for 22 miles through a variety of neighborhoods. Alternatively, head to Inman Park or the eastern part of Atlanta at Edgewood Avenue. Famous street artists Greg Mike is one of the most famous street artists in Atlanta. He has been doing graffiti since the age of 13, and he moved on to painting murals when he was in his 20s. Head over to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to see examples of his work. John Morse is also a popular artist. In 2010 as part of an art installation across the city, 10 haikus written by him featured on signs that were posted all over the city.
Keeping everyone entertained on a trip to Atlanta is so much easier than you think. There are so many attractions available that you’ll find it difficult to fit them all in. Atlanta Magic Theater Going to see a magic show will always be popular with everyone, and the Atlanta Magic Theater will not disappoint. This is a show with plenty of audience participation, and it is fun for all ages. Center for Puppetry Arts The center is home to shows, films and workshops where every member of the family can learn more about puppets and how to handle them. Some of the most famous fairytales are told through the medium of puppets. Follow this up with a tour of the puppetry museum, where there is a large collection of Jim Henson puppets. Museums of Atlanta Museums in Atlanta is a great place for everyone to learn more about the history of the planet and the various continents. The museum covers 3000 square feet of space, so there is plenty to see and do. There are interactive events taking place every day, so everyone can learn to build something or paint. Check ahead to find out what the timetable is so you can plan your visit carefully. Tiny Doors As you tour the city watch out for the tiny doors. This is part of an art installation, and you can find them all over the city. The doors are six inches tall and are featured at the city’s main attractions in various neighborhoods. The whole family will love trying to spot the doors. A good starting point is the visitor center at the Centennial Olympic Park, where you can find three of them.
Atlanta is a city that is packed with cultural attractions like museums that will appeal to the whole family. Whether you are interested in ancient artefacts or want to see more contemporary additions, there will be something here for you. Fernbank Museum of Natural History Everyone will love this museum which is packed full of fossils and dinosaur bones, with a great exhibition on the Mesozoic period. One of the skeletons is more than 120 feet in length. It is a great place to travel back in time and find out what the Earth was like before humans came along. Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in the region, thanks to the wide variety of marine life that calls the place home. Take a look at the puffins and penguins or feed the dolphins. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can take the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. For more information, contact the aquarium directly. Michael C. Carlos Museum For those who want to get a little closer to life in ancient Egypt, then this is the place to visit. The museum is home to several permanent collections, and one of these is a range of Egyptian artefacts. Find out more about mummies and Egyptian tombs. Atlanta History Center If you visit the city, don’t forget to take the opportunity to find out more about the history of this particular region, and the Atlanta History Center is the place to do that. The attraction covers 33 acres, and you can find memorabilia from the 1996 Olympic Games as well as other notable events in the city’s history.
The dance community in Atlanta is a strong one, and no matter what sort of dance you want to see – or take part in – there is something here for you. Ballet The city’s ballet company dates back to 1929 and has built a solid reputation as one of the leading dance companies in the US. It is also Georgia’s official state ballet club. The company regularly puts on classical ballet performances as well as introduce its fans to original contemporary productions. Dance Collective For contemporary dance, take the time to see a performance by the Atlanta Dance Collective. This is a group of performers who work together to showcase their skills at various events in a variety of venues. Check out one of the community festivals that are held regularly in the city, such as the Fulton County Dance Week, Dance Canvas and the Atlanta Fringe. Beacon Dance This is another community performance organization, but as well as performances, they also regularly hold workshops and classes – a great place to learn a few new moves. The projects that they put on are intended to be interactive with the audience. Many of their performances are staged in unusual venues, making them fun to see. Full Radius Dance This is a dance company that works with both able-bodied and disabled dancers. Their work is designed to be educational, and the company has built a strong reputation for inclusiveness. Modern and challenging dance techniques are used. The aim is to produce artistic performances and not simply provide ‘therapy’ for the performers. Every year the company takes part in the MAD Festival and puts on a concert.