Operating under the theme F(orever) I L(ove) A(tl) – F.I.L.A., The goal of ELEVATE 2015 was to generate a heightened sense of pride in the city of Atlanta and what it offers to the nation and the world. ELEVATE 2015 produced a 9-day celebration of what makes Atlanta unique and special through visual art, performances, and events that showcase Atlanta – past, present, and future.
Inspired by its rise from the ashes of Sherman’s war campaign, Atlanta is represented by the phoenix. Today, she continues to reinvent herself. ELEVATE 2015 was a celebration of Atlanta, where she’s been, where she is now and where she is going!
The curator for ELEVATE 2015 was visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou.
LiFT Art Salon
Hosted by Nasim Mahboubi Fluker and Clint Fluker, LiFT Art Salon is a monthly gathering of young professionals, artists and social activists. The organization is aimed to foster dialogue and inspire creative solutions to the problems that face society and Atlanta’s broader community. For ELEVATE 2015, LiFT’s monthly salon took place in the Gallery 72 auditorium, transforming the page into a gathering for local emerging visual artists, musicians and social entrepreneurs to build community, share ideas and learn about innovative projects in and around the city.
Raising the Temperature with New Arts Organizations Panel Discussion -Moderated by Bem Joiner
Atlanta’s contemporary arts scene is thriving and this is partially due to the spirit of innovation evidenced by the explosion of new arts organizations, collectives, institutions and funding sources. This panel allowed the public to hear from some of these new organizations and learn about their programs, their vision and why they believe Atlanta is the ‘Silicon Valley’ of creative start-ups.
interSessions: The Artx Hip Hop Dialogues- The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University
interSessions™- a series of curated conversations between notable figures from the arts community and the hip-hop community mediated by artist Fahamu Pecou. The series was dedicated to interrogating art and hip-hop not as isolated encounters, but rather where they intersect, how they complement and enhance each other, and, ultimately, how in conversation they act to transgress the status quo.