April 11, 2017

Conversations on Arts & Culture


ARC conducted a series of conversations on the importance of arts and culture in the Atlanta region. The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Report provides an overview of these conversations. For a deeper dive, read the papers on each of the following conversations:

  • Metro Atlanta Loves Its Festivals
    Metro Atlanta comes out en masse to enjoy arts and culture at the region’s many outdoor festivals. The celebration of arts, history, nature, neighborhoods, music and food – things that give this region its colorful heritage – creates a sense of community and cultural sharing and is an important engine for economic development. What is your favorite festival in metro Atlanta? Learn more.
  • How Did That Public Art Get There?
    Public art is more than murals and sculptures. It also includes architecture, historic markers, playgrounds and parks, and it can represent history, wayfinding or public policy. Public art is staged in the public domain and it tells a story about the community where it resides. The Atlanta region has a wealth of public art – some visible and some less so. Consider the public art you know. What story does it tell? Learn more.
  • Arts, Culture & Livability
    How do we make our communities more livable and attractive?  From Millennium Park in Chicago to the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, investing in arts and culture has been a successful way to invigorate neighborhoods. Communities across the country are exploring what they can do to create more livable and attractive places. What lessons can metro Atlanta learn from these commuties as we strive to make our own region thrive? Learn more.
  • Cultural Districts
    Cultural districts have traditionally been defined by a concentration of  theaters, museums and other visual and performing arts venues. These districts have long been recognized for their role in community place making and revitalization. But is there only one definition of a cultural district? Could other types of socially cohesive areas become cultural districts? Learn more.
  • Where is Digital Entertainment Taking Us?
    Georgia is now among the top five states in the nation for film and TV production, but our success in this industry hinges not just on the creation of new projects and products, but also on having the educational foundation to train a workforce for these creative careers. How can we ensure that we are ready for the jobs this industry creates today and tomorrow? Learn more.
  • Who is Marcia Smith?
    Marica Smith is white, female, college educated and somewhere between 45 and 54 years old. She’s the “typical” arts patron who frequents museums, concerts and the theatre. But she only represents one portion of the community engaged in the larger arts, culture and creative industries ecosystem. Who is participating in the creative industries and how can these sectors prepare for the demographic shifts that are coming their way? Learn more.