Monday, June 30, 2008

Disney's High School Musical Engagement Postponed

Theater of the Stars and Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that the touring production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will not be coming to Atlanta in August due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts; a return engagement is planned in summer of 2009 when the show will be remounted locally by Theater of the Stars.

“We are disappointed that the touring production of this wonderful show will not play Atlanta this summer but are excited to offer our ticketholders a special opportunity to see the first professional production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the original show,” said Nick Manos, President of Theater of the Stars. “Ever since its premiere at the Fox, the stage version of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL has enjoyed a special connection with Atlanta audiences. We look forward to continuing that connection in the fall of 2008 with the premiere of the new musical.”

Based on the Theater of the Stars stage production, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON TOUR has delighted audiences in forty cities across North America for the past thirteen months. This high energy, family friendly musical has captured the imagination of regular theatergoers and introduced thousands of new fans to the magic of live theater.

Existing ticket holders to the August 2008 Atlanta engagement have three redemption options:

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 on Stage (the sequel to the original) which will have its world professional premiere from November 7th through 16th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Exchange their tickets for special tickets to the Theater of the Stars production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL on Stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for the summer of 2009. The exact dates of this engagement will be announced this September. These exchanges will be available before tickets go on sale to the general public and will include access to excellent seats.

• Return their tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.

These options will be available to all ticket holders beginning on Tuesday, July 8th at 10am. For more details on the redemption options, please visit

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Arts Clayton Announces the Call for Entries for the 5th Annual Juried Photography Show

Arts Clayton Gallery is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 5th Annual Juried Photography Competition, presented in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.

All Georgia photographers, 18 years and older, are invited to participate in the show. Traditional film, digital and digitally enhanced entries are accepted. Deadline for entry submission is August 16, 2008. Those interested in submitting entries for the show may pick up an application at the Arts Clayton Gallery, or download one from

The 5th Annual Juried Photography Show & Competition will be on display at the Arts Clayton Gallery from September 30-October 31, 2008. The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception & Awards ceremony will be held on October 2, 2008 from 5:30-7:30pm.

In addition to monetary awards for Best of Show, and first, second and third places, the Best of Show winner is purchased every year to be included in Arts Clayton’s permanent collection.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community.

ACP hosts an annual, citywide photography festival in October: the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The festival includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities. The festival's diverse offerings bring together professional and amateur photographers, general art enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics, and collectors. Throughout the year, ACP sponsors additional community programming and opportunities specifically for the professional development of photographers. For more information, please see their website at

Founded in 1986, Arts Clayton, Inc. is a community service arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life for all citizens of the Southern Crescent through the arts.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Georgia Shakespeare's Summer Festival Continues with The Merchant of Venice

Georgia Shakespeare's summer season continues with the Bard's often controversial play, The Merchant of Venice which opens today Friday, June 27 and plays through August 2 at the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University (4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319).

"We are excited to return to this stunning play after a fourteen year absence," says Richard Garner, Georgia Shakespeare's Producing Artistic Director.

"Long considered one of Shakespeare's most powerful and provocative plays, Sabin Epstein's delicate treatment of this emotional story shows us love and laughter intertwined with a harrowing glimpse at the darker side of the human condition. In this world where prejudice stands side by side with love and devotion and where justice is in the eye of the beholder, I think our audiences will be deeply moved by this profound staging of this great classic."

The Merchant of Venice is directed by Sabin Epstein, whose previous Georgia Shakespeare directorial credits include 2007's Loot, The Cherry Orchard in 2005, and What the Butler Saw in 2004. The cast features long-time Georgia Shakespeare actor and Associate Artist Chris Kayser as Shylock, Park Krausen as Portia, Joe Knezevich as Bassanio, and Allen O'Reilly as Antonio, the merchant.

Georgia Shakespeare will host a pre-show panel discussion on the topic of anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice which will be moderated by Bill Nigut of the Anti-Defamation League. The panel will be held on July 23rd at the Conant Performing Arts Center, Georgia Shakespeare's home on the campus of Oglethorpe University, at 5:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend the panel discussion and the performance of The Merchant of Venice can purchase a ticket package which includes discounted tickets and a picnic dinner on the theatre's beautiful picnic grounds for just $35. In addition to The Merchant of Venice, Georgia Shakespeare's summer festival includes two other Shakespeare classics - the Sixties inspired As You Like It (now - August 1), and the rarely produced All's Well That Ends Well (July 10 - August 3). Also slated for the 2008 season is the Family Classics Series world premiere of the English folktale Tom Thumb the Great by Margaret Baldwin (July 18 - August 2), and an original musical adaptation Antigone (October 9 - November 2).

Tickets for The Merchant of Venice range from $15 - $40 ($10 preview tickets available on Thursday, June 26). For tickets call 404.264.0020 or visit

Click here for a list of the cast and production staff for The Merchant of Venice.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Corps de Ballet Kickoff Luncheon 2008; the Preeminent Luncheon of the Year

Join Corps de Ballet members and guests for, what many have called the start of the Atlanta social season, the annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon on Monday, September 8, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

This is the tenth annual “kick off” to the Atlanta Ballet’s season. To usher in the 2008-2009 Season, the annual fall runway fashion show, which is a part of the luncheon, promises to be more spectacular than ever promises 2008 Corps luncheon co-chair, stylist and fashion industry expert, Amy Nelson. “The collaboration, on the part of the sponsors, the committee, and the ballet staff, has given such momentum to this event. Crystal and I are thrilled to be a part of this energy.”

“This year’s fashion show is slated to be our most impressive yet,” said Nelson. “We are especially looking forward to having some of the Atlanta Ballet dancers gracing the runway, modeling some of the season’s best looks from our wonderful sponsors, Tootsies and exquisite bridal and evening designs from Anne Barge Atelier, who have come on board for this year’s event.” Aric, Atlanta’s cosmetic guru, one of the luncheon’s sponsors, will be the exclusive makeup artist for the fashion show as well.

“We’re so delighted to have such support from not only our sponsors, but from the community as a whole,” said this year’s co-chair Crystal Cox. “The fact that this, one-time small gathering, has grown to the point where we need the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to accommodate all of the attendees says a great deal about our city’s commitment to the arts. We have also asked our past chairs to attend, so we can honor them with 10 years of great success, all benefiting the Atlanta Ballet.”

Originally, the luncheon started in 1998 with six ballet patrons gathering for lunch with a common passion for dance and has since grown into an event with more than 350 guests in 2007. That growth has also enabled the The Corps de Ballet to become one of Atlanta Ballet’s major supporting entities including participating in the Pas de Deux program, where they sponsor dancer Anne Tyler Harshbarger, who is in her fifth season with the Company.

Individual tickets cost $115 per person. Patron Tables are $1500 and Host Tables are $1250. Proceeds benefit the Pas de Deux Society, sponsor a dancer program, and the Centre for Dance Education. For information and reservations, please contact Luncheon Co-Chair, Crystal Cox at or Atlanta Ballet 404-873-5811 ext 213.

The Corps de Ballet helps to develop a meaningful relationship between its members and Atlanta’s premier professional dance organization, Atlanta Ballet. Through education and enrichment, the Corps strives to inspire and provide special insight into the world of Atlanta Ballet. Membership is $50 annually and members receive single ticket discounts, a percentage off Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education classes and invitations to special events designed to celebrate the world of dance.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Ballet Season opens with Swan Lake, and also includes the audience favorite, Dracula, John McFall’s premiere of Don Quixote, an evening of mixed-repertoire featuring The Firebird and a world premiere, all performed at the Cobb Energy Centre. The Annual holiday tradition, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. For more season information, go to

“What a magnificent gesture, on Crystal and Amy’s part, for them to greet our new season with this level of celebration,” said Artistic Director, John McFall. “With great enthusiasm, we are anticipating this year’s luncheon to be an event to remember. With the change of venue to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and the excitement of the runway show with our corporate partners, Tootsies and Anne Barge Atelier, we are going to be in for a very special afternoon.”

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest, continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 79-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet’s roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

High Museum of Art Happenings

REMINDER: The High Museum of Art is closed on Friday, July 4.

Thursday, July 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
On July 10, enjoy a Gallery Discussion with independent curator Beth Hancock (details below).
The Museum offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. This is a great way to see special exhibitions and avoid the weekend crowds. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

July 10, 2008, 6:30 p.m.; Wieland Pavilion Lower Level Galleries
Join independent curator, Beth Hancock as she examines works by noted photographers Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon, Susan Meiselas, and Dennis Carlyle Darling. For more information on “Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and 70s,” click here.
Free with Museum admission, free for members.

July 13, 2008, 1-4 p.m.; Robinson Atrium, Stent Family Wing
“Marian Anderson: The Voice That Challenged a Nation” performed by Capitol City Opera of Young Audiences. The life and struggles of this phenomenal singer and social activist are portrayed through dialogue and the most influential songs she performed throughout her life. Honored as the first black female to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Marian Anderson was championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and performed before sell-out crowds. Capitol City Opera Company is an established resident repertory troupe with over 20 years of experience. Free with Museum admission, free for members.
About Second Sundays at the High: Experience a variety of cultures and artistic traditions together during Family Fun Sundays at the High, every second Sunday of the month.

Gwinnett Reads Kickoff Event Features Cherokee Music, Dance and Crafts on the Duluth Town Green

The Duluth Town Green will be the site of a colorful and entertaining display of Cherokee Indian song, dance, and art as the Gwinnett County Public Library's Gwinnett Reads kickoff event gets underway on Saturday, June 28 from noon until 4 p.m. The Duluth Historical Society is a library partner and co-sponsor of this year's kickoff activities.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Other free events include:

Tuesday July 1 at 7 p.m.
Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library
Cherokee Memories
Storytelling and historical insights
Donna Delgadillo of The Plainsmen Drum and Dance Troupe shares unique stories of the Cherokee people.

Monday July 7 at 7 p.m.
Five Forks branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library
Native American artifacts
Presented by the president of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association

Learn about the origins and lives of Native Americans of the Southeast through cultural artifacts.

Thursday July 10 at 7 p.m.
Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library
Major Ridge and the path to the Trail of Tears
Presented by the executive director of the Chieftains Museum / Major Ridge home in Rome, Georgia

Hear the tragic story of Cherokee leader Major Ridge and the clash of cultures that led to the Trail of Tears. Discover how the government designates Indian tribal status, and learn about the current Cherokee controversy in Georgia.

Charles Frazier, bestselling author of Cold Mountain, is the featured writer at the Gwinnett Reads grand finale on July 12 at Gwinnett Center. This final Gwinnett Reads event brings everything together with Frazier reading from his latest novel Thirteen Moons, answering questions, and presenting Cherokee music, singing, and readings. He will also sign books that are available at the event in English and Cherokee. The finale's $15 admission covers food and entertainment.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the cultural preservation efforts of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, which has honored Frazier for his dedication to helping preserve their language and traditions.

All other events are FREE and open to the public. The schedule of free community events and Frazier event tickets are available at all 14 Gwinnett County Public Library branches. For more information, visit or call (770) 978-5154. For complete Gwinnett County Public Library information, visit

Gwinnett County Public Library lays claim to Georgia's highest book circulation numbers and ranks among the largest systems in the country. With its dynamic position of growth in the booming Atlanta region, Gwinnett County Public Library has been able to attract top authors for Gwinnett Reads, its popular adult reading program, since it began in 2003.

For more information, visit or call (770) 978-5154.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Art Classes Offered

Take time for yourself and enjoy life while making new friends.

Personalized art classes in a professional studio. Class size limited to four. Learn the basics of drawing and how to paint in oil and acrylic. Pastel instruction also available. Adult classes held on Tues. and Wednesday mornings/afternoons plus evening classes on Mon., Tues. and Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm. $15/hr drop-in or $10/hr for 4 classes.

Call 770-719-9440 to register. KB Studio. Kathaleen Brewer, artist. (Her work can be seen in Fayette County Library or come by the studio)

"The Merchant of Venice" Opens June 27

The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sabin Epstein

Opening Night, Friday, June 27 @ 8:00 PM
$10 Preview Tickets available for Thursday, June 26

Click here to learn more...

A night at Georgia Shakespeare is more than just a play!

Enjoy dinner on our beautiful picnic grounds before the show. Order from our official picnic partner, Panera Bread, and have your dinner waiting for you at the theatre when you arrive.
Click here to learn how!

Join us on our picnic grounds before the show for Terrace Talks, a brief synopsis and discussion of the performance at 7:30 PM for evening performances or 1:30 PM for matinees.

Stay after the show for our After Hours Cafe and enjoy a final cup of coffee or a tasty treat. The Groundlings Cafe, Gift Shop and Box Office will be open for 30 minutes following each performance...and you never know who might stop by and say hello!

Click here to purchase tickets or call 404.264.0020.
Click here to view the calendar.

Pictured above: Chris Kayser, Park Krausen and Joe Knezevich. Photo by Ken Reid.

Bellydance Classes Scheduled for Carrollton

Wednesdays (times vary according to level)
Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Classroom # 3

All ages welcome. Male and female dancers welcome, although males will have to participate in the class and will learn slightly different movement. Any children in class must be paid participants of the class.

Instructor: Amanda Kimbrell
Schedule-4:30 pm and 5:30 pm Beginner Bellydance – (New students report at 4:30 pm)

This class teaches basic movement with specific muscle groups. Focus on positive movement, basic stance and some flowing of movement. No previous dance experience required.

6:30 pm Advanced Bellydance - Previous bellydance experience required. This class focuses on choreography, advanced movements of the body, and focus on fundamentals of this style of dance.

7:30 pm Intermediate Bellydance-Previous dance experience required. This is a range of classes which will focus on continuing improvement on the beginning class. The range of classes will focus on beginner choreography and freestyle dance along with learning an actual choreographed piece.

Classes will require the purchase of a veil, music and zills. Handouts will be provided to all students.

Optional: Some pieces of clothing can be bought from the instructor. Students need to wear comfortable clothing that is non-restrictive. Dance shoes are not required. Each class will have other needed equipment which will be listed at the beginning of the six week period. Fees: $45 for each six weeks session. Min. 10, Max. 60 (Sessions: July 2-August 6; August 20-September 24; October 8-November 12; 2009- January 8-February 11; February 25-April 1; April 15-May 20; June 3-July 8)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Office of Cultural Affairs Recognizes Its 8th Annual Emerging Artist Award Recipient

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Emerging Artist Award. The 2008 Emerging Artist Award recognizes and rewards a rising professional artist of notable talent and demonstrated ability in Dance.

Atlanta artist, Molly Schneider Perez is recognized for her artistic vision, commitment, and leadership within the Atlanta arts community. In addition to the monetary award, the Office of Cultural Affairs provides the artist with performance space for a public presentation of her work. For the first time this year, the artist will receive a two week Artist Residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. A brief award ceremony and performance will take place at The Beam, 750 Glenwood Avenue, on Thursday, June 26 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

"We are so pleased that Atlanta artist Molly Schneider Perez was selected to receive the 2008 award in the area of Dance. Her artistic vision as well as her commitment and contributions to the Atlanta dance community are commendable and deserving of this year’s Emerging Artist Award," states Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Molly Schneider Perez is a dancer, educator, and choreographer. Perez joined CORE Performance Company in 2006 as an associate and became a full company member in 2007. Molly is the Dynamic X-Change Healing Arts Coordinator and Touring Coordinator for Several Dancers Core. This summer she will be teaching a three class series with Zoetic Dance Ensemble. She holds a B.F.A. from Ohio University’s Honors College and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan as a Rackham Merit Fellow. Molly is an advocate for animals and works part time during the summer for ZOO Atlanta.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Blackbeard Novelist Returns to Georgia in August

Pirates, and especially Blackbeard, have always been a subject of intense fascination. But it was not until the discovery of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, that there has been a resurgence of interest in Blackbeard unprecedented in America’s history. - Margaret Hoffman

Blackbeard: A Tale of Villainy and Murder in Colonial America, was written by Margaret Hoffman while she lived in Atlanta. It was published 25 years later, 2 years after the discovery of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's flagship.

Hoffman's upcoming book signing tour will include the following stops in the Atlanta area:

Aug 7 - Barnes & Noble/Fayetteville 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Aug 8 - Barnes & Noble/Alpharetta 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aug 9 - Barnes and Noble/West Cobb 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 9 - Barnes and Noble/Cumberland 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 10 -Barnes and Noble/Buford 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 10 -Barnes and Noble/Duluth 3:00 p.m. to 7:00.p.m.

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Reverse Glass Art of Beckvermitt on Display

Local artist John Beckvermitt has a collection of Reverse Glass Art on exhibit at the Carrollton Visitors Center located beside Lake Carroll on Bankhead Hwy. This unique painting technique is using acrylic and transparent paint on the gall facing outward and using a silver foil backing which reflects the light back through the transparent paint to achieve an unique eye catching effect for the viewer. All Subjects are in the cartoon form and range from beautiful birds to sparkling game pieces to patriotic eagles.

Beckvermitt has always been interested in the arts from a very early age. After serving in the US Navy, he and his wife relocated to the Carrollton area in 1977. Putting this experience, his many talents and his collection of art and craft ideas collected over the years, he taught school in the Carroll County School System for 21 years. Upon retiring from teaching, the pull of art was still strong so you will find John either instructing or helping in some capacity. He is always ready to lend a hand to a fellow artist. He paints in all mediums and his students at the Senior Citizen Center do mostly acrylic although they experiment with all mediums. You will see his artwork exhibited at different locations in the Carrollton area. John is also known for his models of churches and other buildings that are built to scale.

John is an active member of the Carrollton Artist Guild and also, he is an annual exhibitor at the MECCA Festival. He was one of the charter members of the CAG when it originated in 2002. To see this exquisite art display, stop by the Visitors Center or email him a to view more of his work.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Curtain Rises on New Atlanta Broadway Series

The lights of Broadway are preparing to shine on Atlanta’s newest performance venue! A brand NEW series of blockbuster Broadway programming is set to debut at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.

The first season of the Atlanta Broadway Series will premiere this fall with a spectacular line-up of Broadway’s biggest hits and most exciting offerings, including WICKED, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy, HAIRSPRAY and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Audiences can also enjoy a special performance from Natalie Cole.

“We are proud to kick off the new Atlanta Broadway Series with such high-caliber content,” comments Stephanie Parker, vice president of the series. “Bringing these beloved Broadway hits to metro-Atlanta audiences is a natural progression now that the Atlanta region features such a spectacular new performing arts facility.”

“The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to announce its third resident company, the Atlanta Broadway Series, in a venue designed to accommodate Broadway," said Michael Taormina CFE, managing director of the Centre. "Booking a Broadway series has always been a priority for the Cobb Energy Centre. Being able to announce —particularly during our first year of operation—this exciting new addition to the Centre's program offerings is especially gratifying.”

The 2008-2009 season of the Atlanta Broadway Series includes:

October 28 - November 2, 2008
This show is playing at The Fox Theatre, but subscribers to the Atlanta Broadway Series will get the chance to see the musical phenomenon as part of their 2008-2009 package.
Back by “Popular” Demand. The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,” and when it first played Atlanta in May, 2006, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is sure to create more box office magic when it flies back to Atlanta. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

December 30, 2008 – January 4, 2009
USA Today calls CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, “Dazzling…A fantastical tale of an enchanted jungle.” Direct from Broadway, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of 28 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate the entire family. In the ongoing tradition of extravagant touring shows, Neil Goldberg and Cirque Productions continue to blend European artistry with circus and Broadway theatrics in a dramatic fashion that transcends imagination and leaves its narration to the eyes of the beholder making CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY a Broadway first.

January 13 - 18, 2009
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network - all without denting her 'do! Don't miss HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 17 - 22, 2009
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

As one of the Season Ticket Holder benefits, Atlanta Broadway Series Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to a NATALIE COLE CONCERT PERFORMANCE at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Singer Natalie Cole has achieved unprecedented global success as an interpreter of standards and soulful R&B vocalist. She was the first black singer to win a Grammy in the “Best New Artist” category and received a “Record of the Year” Grammy for “Unforgettable,” the groundbreaking duet with her late father’s voice. She releases a new collection of standards this fall called Still Unforgettable.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series season packages are on sale now with prices ranging from $116 – $354. Season ticket prices will vary depending on the number of shows chosen, the number of performances, show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at

Tickets to individual shows in the 2008-2009 season are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public six to eight weeks prior to Opening Night. However, Season Ticket Holders have the unique opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2008-2009 Season, or to order online, please visit Reservations for groups of 20 or more for individual shows can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (All times are subject to change). An audio described performance for the visually impaired and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf are available for each pre-determined Saturday matinee of each presentation.

The Atlanta Broadway Series was created in partnership with WH Management.

High Museum of Art Upcoming Events

The High Museum of Art is closed on Friday, July 4.

REMINDER: PANEL DISCUSSION: Memories from the Movement
Saturday, June 28, 2 p.m., Rich Theatre
Join Civil Rights heroes including Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, activist Dorothy Cotton, introduced by High Curator Julian Cox for an afternoon of remembrances and dialogue around the contributions of the courageous champions of justice who struggled to make equality a reality for all. The panelists will reflect on their experiences in the Civil Rights movement in light of the High’s current exhibition “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968.” The discussion will be moderated by Alexis Scott, journalist and publisher of the “Atlanta Daily World,” the city's first black-owned daily newspaper. This program is free and seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000 and online at Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.

FILM AND DISCUSSION: “Voices of Freedom”
Sunday, June 29, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium
America’s civil rights movement found its strength in the people who took to the streets to support it. “Voices of Freedom” re-visits several key events and places shaped by America’s great nonviolent revolution. This 20 minute video was filmed, edited, and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Neal Broffman, son of the late Morton Broffman whose photographs are included in the exhibition “Road to Freedom.” The film will be followed by a discussion with Julian Cox, curator of “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956 – 1968,” and a Q&A. Free with Museum admission and free to Members.

Talk and Talk Back: Gallery Talk with Sam Mahone
Thursday, July 3, 6:30 p.m.; Wieland Pavilion Special Exhibition Galleries
Join activist Sam Mahone as he leads a gallery discussion focusing on works in the “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956—1968” and “After 1968” exhibitions. For more details click here. Free with Museum admission and free for members.
Talk & Talk Back Gallery Discussions: Museum visitors will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive program in the galleries where artists, poets, scholars and activists will lead discussions on a variety of topics. These discussions will take place within the “Road to Freedom” and “After 1968” galleries.

Saturday, July 5
On the first Saturday of every month, the High Museum of Art welcomes Fulton County residents to the Museum for free. Fulton County residents who show proof of residency may view our current exhibitions as well as the Permanent Collection. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Atlanta Ballet Announces 2008-2009 Season

As one of the premier ballet companies in the nation, Atlanta Ballet is known as much for its innovative programming as for the artistry of its dancers. In keeping with this tradition of offering diverse, exhilarating performances, Atlanta Ballet is excited to announce the 2008-2009 season. Performances in this 79th season will be held in the beautiful new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, except for Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, which will remain a holiday tradition at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

The curtain will open with Swan Lake in October. Swan Lake is the embodiment of classical perfection and a cornerstone of dance for more than a century. Don’t miss the ballet event that has wooed dance lovers for generations.

Magic can be hard to come by these days, but it is alive and well at the Fox Theater this December. Presenting more than 250 of Atlanta’s young dancers, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker ushers in the season with an extravagant performance full of wonder and surprises.

In February, Atlanta Ballet audiences will experience the ultimate spine-tingling ballet experience - Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We enjoyed a huge success the last time we performed Dracula and we are looking forward to bringing this tale of seduction and surrender to the stage of the Cobb Energy Centre.

In March, audiences will lose themselves in a world of immortal wizards, lovely maidens, and heroic princes when Atlanta Ballet presents The Firebird. This spectacular evening of mixed repertoire will also feature a world premiere from Darrell Grand Moultrie, an award-winning choreographer who has created works for companies across the United States.

Our season will close in May with two thrilling performances – Don Quixote and Snow White. In Don Quixote, we’ll travel to sunny Spain for an evening filled with excitement, comedy, and true love, based on Cervantes’ classic novel. It’s a ballet treat that’s poignant, passionate, and sizzling with spice! And what would an Atlanta Ballet season be without something for our youngest patrons? A bewitching blend of music and dance, Snow White is brimming with characters we’ve known and loved all our lives. Enjoy this magical fantasy – a one-hour performance of this beloved classic, created just for the family.

2008-2009 season ticket packages start as low as $64.00 and are on sale now. The Premiere Series subscription package includes Swan Lake, Dracula, The Firebird, and Don Quixote. Season subscribers receive up to a 25% discount on regular tickets prices, flexible exchange, and lost ticket insurance. Also available is the Family Series which includes Swan Lake, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Snow White. The three-performance package starts as low as $44.00.

For ticket information, call the Atlanta Ballet Box Office at 404-892-3303, visit or buy in person at 1400 West Peachtree Street (enter at back of building on Spring Street) 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest continuously-operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 78-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.

16th Annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Surpasses $2 Million Mark for Second Year in its History

In its 16th year, the 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction reached a Live Auction total of more than $1.5 million. Silent auctions on Friday and Saturday and a Paddle Raise during the live auction brought the total to over $1.76 million in auction sales. The auction total along with event ticket sales brought the net profit for the 2008 Wine Auction to $2.1million, marking only the second time in its history to have raised over $2 million. Proceeds from the auction are a vital part of the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition and educational programming funds. The dates for the 17th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction are March 26–28, 2009.

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction celebrated its anniversary in 2008 with the theme “The Sensational Sixteenth High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: How Sweet It Is!” Organized by volunteer co-chairs Liz Lazarus and Joan Marmo, the auction events were held in Atlantic Station under festive big-top tents decorated with the colors of lipstick red and chocolate brown.

More than 250 live- and silent-auction lots offered exclusive opportunities to taste, tour and visit with more than 85 vintners from the world’s premier wine regions, including California, Oregon, Washington, France, Australia, Argentina and South Africa, as well as the chance to purchase cult wines, rare vintages and large-format bottles. Celebrated Burgundy vintner Alex Gambal and California Central Coast winemaker Joseph Davis were the auction’s Special Guests of Honor. Teaming up to wield the gavel for Saturday’s live auction were esteemed wine auctioneers Michael Davis and Leah Hammer of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., Chicago.

The 3rd annual Paddle Raise was held in support of youth education at the High, including programs such as the “I See Literacy/I See History” project, Summer Teacher Institute and the Atlanta Public Schools After-School Project. This year’s Paddle Raise allowed bidders to contribute to the fund from $500 to $10,000 each, with the total reaching $100,000.

The highest single auction bid of the day was $85,000 for a Girls’ Trip to Napa Valley including private jet travel and a stay at the Meadowood resort. Another record-breaking sale came when a “Puttin’ on the Hog” party for 30 people with Linton Hopkins, of both Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House, and a special cuvée by Tuck Beckstoffer, of 75 Wine Co., sold three times for a total of $92,000. In the most moving bid of the day, an extraordinary collection of 50 bottles of wine sold for $65,000 in memory of longtime auction supporter Taylor Stuckey.

Other Live Auction Highlights
$70,000 for events hosted by auction co-chair Joan Marmo and husband Joel Knox in their home
$40,000 for dinner with Julie Martinelli and her wines, plus Hugh Acheson of Athens’s Five & Ten in the kitchen, and $30,000 for a rare Beaux Frères tasting of 16 vintages with owner/winemaker Michael Etzel and Kevin Rathbun as chef
$60,000 (sold twice at $30,000 each) for a wine dinner hosted by Louise Sams with Gerry Klaskala of Aria and Carvel Gould of Canoe in the kitchen
$58,000 (sold twice at $30,000 and $28,000) for a “Cellar Raid” at West and Katie Johnson’s house, with food by chefs from Atlanta’s Les Dames d’Escoffier
$45,000 for a 9L of D. R. Stephens Estate’s 2005 Moose Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a poolside evening barbecue in Napa Valley
$45,000 for a customized trip to China to view the Terracotta Warriors with business-class airfare from Delta Air Lines
$40,000 for a California-Bordeaux Gourmet Extravaganza with Shari and Garen Staglin of Staglin Vineyards, Greg Gregory and Jeff Murray and the chefs from Blackberry Farm
$38,000 for an Insiders’ Trip to Burgundy with Special Guests of Honor Alex Gambal of Maison Alex Gambal and Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery
$35,000 for an African Safari by Singita Grumeti Reserves
$30,000 for dinner at Tiffany & Co. in Phipps Plaza with Chef Tom Catherall and wines by Iron Horse Vineyards
$30,000 for a collection of Kosta Browne wines and a tour and tasting at the winery
$24,000 for a Sweet 16 collection of Colgin Cellars wines and a painting by Suzanne Hughes Sullivan
$24,000 for Sixteen Sensational Bottles from Paul Hobbs wines

The 16th annual festivities commenced on Wednesday, March 26, with the Artist’s Dinner, and continued on Thursday with the sold-out Winemaker Dinners and a Trade Tasting. Friday featured premiere Tasting Seminars and the Gala Dinner leading up to the grand Vintners’ Reception and the Live Auction on Saturday, March 29. More than 85 distinguished wineries and 37 of Atlanta’s finest chefs were represented at the Vintners’ Reception to the sold-out crowd of 900 food- and wine-lovers. On Friday evening, Gala Dinner guests dined on a menu from Southern Foodways Alliance star chefs Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King of Atlanta’s Aria; Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia; Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina; and Todd Richards of The Oakroom in Louisville, Kentucky, with dinner presented by A Legendary Event. Austin Hope, winemaker for his family’s Treana Winery and for his own Austin Hope Winery, served as the Special Guest for The Big Finish on Saturday evening.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. was Presenting Sponsor for the fourth year. Premier Sponsors included “Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles” magazine, Geographics, Wachovia Wealth Management, KPMG, Montaluce and The Streets of Buckhead/Ben Carter Properties. Delta Air Lines was the Official Airline Sponsor, and Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers were the Official Automotive Sponsor. Atlantic Station was Site Sponsor for the third year, and other sponsors included A Legendary Event, Arnall Golden Gregory Private Wealth Group, Callaway Gardens, The Coca-Cola Company and Evian, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Holder Construction Company, Novare Group-The Atlantic, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Sherlock’s Wine Merchant, TwinEngines and Wilmington Trust. The Big Finish was sponsored by “Skirt!” magazine. Media partners included “Flavors” and “Restaurant Forum” magazines.

The Wine Auction is the single largest fundraising event held annually for the High Museum of Art. One of the top charity fundraising events in Atlanta and the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts, it was named number five in a national ranking of the Top 10 charity wine auctions in the United States by “Wine Spectator” magazine in their March 31, 2008, issue. Proceeds from the Auction are a vital part of the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition and education plans.

Monday, June 16, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $2,000,000 in Grants for The Big Read

GFP Note: Reading is a wonderful sport at any time, and at any age. For our readers in Georgia, the list of books and libraries who will receive a portion of this grant is listed below the article. Best start reading now!

This September The Big Read is giving even more of the nation's cities and towns something to talk about. Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced that 208 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, and science organizations will receive grants totaling $2,810,500 to host Big Read celebrations between September 2008 and June 2009. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. The newest Big Read grantees represent 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To date, the NEA has given more than 500 grants to support local Big Read projects.

See a complete listing of the grantees.

"Everything the NEA does we do in partnership. I am delighted to announce our 208 new partners in The Big Read. Some are new to the program, some are returning, but all of them have answered the call to action to get our country reading again," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia.

"With this latest round of grants, I am proud to say that The Big Read has supported more than 500 public library partnerships," said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the NEA's lead federal partner for The Big Read. "Through this program, public libraries continue to demonstrate their value in communities as centers of engagement, literacy, and lifelong learning. I am particularly delighted by the innovative public programming born out of library and museum collaborations."

The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title. Reader's Guides include features such as author biographies, historical context for the book, and discussion questions. Teacher's Guides adhere to National Council of Teachers of English standards and include lesson plans, essay topics, and reproducible handouts.

The Big Read Audio Guides, which also can be used as radio programming, feature readings from the novel along with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures such as Robert Redford, Colin Powell, and Mary-Louise Parker, and Big Read authors such as Amy Tan and Ray Bradbury. With support from IMLS, the Audio Guides for 14 titles from The Big Read library also will be provided to more than 14,000 public libraries nationwide.

Georgia Libraries

University of Georgia/UGA Libraries
Athens, GA
Bless Me, Ultima

Atlanta Historical Society for The Center for Southern Literature
Atlanta, GA
The Great Gatsby

Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association
Brunswick, GA
To Kill a Mockingbird

Muscogee County Friends of Libraries
Columbus, GA
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Inc.
Douglasville , GA
To Kill a Mockingbird

Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA
A Lesson Before Dying

Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
Fahrenheit 451

Towne Lake Arts Center
Woodstock, GA
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Fayette Front Page
Community News You Can Use
Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Face of Defense: Cartoonist Drawn to Guantanamo

Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson, a syndicated editorial cartoonist, arrived here two months ago as one of 20 members from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Larson is the editor of The Wire, the official weekly publication for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which handles detainee operations at this U.S. Navy base. This mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom provides an opportunity for Larson to use experience gained working as a newspaper editor, chief page designer and editorial cartoonist.

"We were put on alert back in January, so it wasn't much of a surprise," Larson told Editor and Publisher magazine in April. "They needed me, so I'm going."

Larson said this is his third deployment in about 20 years with the National Guard. In 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia as the noncommissioned officer for the three-man 132nd Military History Detachment in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. And in 2006, he deployed as a platoon sergeant with a field artillery unit tasked with convoy security operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Before this deployment, Larson told E&P that he reviewed the work of Bill Mauldin, who drew cartoons while serving in World War II.

To draw his own cartoons, Larson said, he first draws "roughs" in pencil and then draws the final idea selection on "Bristol" board. He inks the cartoon using a traditional artist pen that resembles a fountain pen and uses a technical pen to ink the lettering.

The cartoon is then scanned, and Larson adds color using computer software. The entire process takes about four hours, he said.

Larson said the cartoons he draws as a civilian reflect local or state issues for a small stable of newspaper clients in Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison and the Freeman of Waukesha.

Cartooning on issues relevant to Guantanamo Bay is more challenging, he admitted.

"I was building a list of cartoons to include in the JTF publication during this deployment, following approval from the chain of command," Larson said. "But there's a lot of operational sensitivity, and it's pretty tricky to include anything that might portray a personal opinion in an official military publication."

Larson, a finalist in the national Fischetti cartooning competition in 2000, said he may resume sending cartoons to his clients.

"It all depends on what kind of time I have," he told E&P. "My first responsibility is to the unit."

After this deployment, Larson hopes to return to The Review, a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Plymouth, Wis., which promised that his job will be there when he returns. "They've been nothing short of wonderful," he told E&P.

By Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gino Flores
Special to American Forces Press Service

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gino Flores serves with Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Atlanta Ballet Nominated for Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Awards

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education has been named a nominee for “Best Artsy Class for Teens” as part of Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect's First Annual Parents' Picks Awards.

Teens participate in four of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education programs. The Student Division strengthens teens’ ballet technique while offering other styles of classes to increase teens’ dance versatility. Teens who participate in the Pre-Professional Division train six days per week to develop ballet technique at a professional level, to appear on stage with the Atlanta Ballet in performances, and to present performance pieces at national festivals and competitions. The Centre’s Open Division welcomes teens sixteen years and older for various levels of ballet, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, and modern classes. Through strong partnerships with local high schools and the Latin American Association, the Centre also provides in-school and after-school dance instruction to Atlanta teens that may not otherwise be exposed to dance.

How to Vote
You can vote for nominees online at until June 30 to help determine which nominees are "top picks" in Atlanta. On July 15, the site will publish the Parents' Picks winners and the winning venues' information will remain featured on the site for a year. All Parents' Picks businesses are nominated based on recommendations from local city editors that live and work in the cities they cover, in conjunction with ParentsConnect users' feedback. Users' votes and rankings determine which venues are selected as winners.

Ready… Set… June 18 RECEPTION!

After much preparation, the Newnan Coweta Art Association (NCAA) is ready to celebrate a big evening at Newnan’s Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts next Wednesday night, June 18. A full schedule of events is planned including:

The reception and awards ceremony for NCAA’s third annual juried exhibit. One work will win “Best of Show” and two will receive “Merit Awards.”
Recognition of 2008 NCAA scholarship winners including a special display of their artwork.
A 40th birthday celebration for NCAA which was incorporated on June 18, 1968.
Special acknowledgement of original, founding members of the association.

The community is invited to attend the reception and participate in the festivities. It will be a culturally enriching night of fine art, live music, artists, and hors d'oeuvres. There is no charge for admission or parking. The Program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with Arts Clayton.

The Newnan Coweta Art Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage and aid artists to produce original works of art of every type and character, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, ceramics, wood craft, drawing and metal crafts; to furnish the auspices for the display of such works in Coweta County and elsewhere; and to foster education and instruction in the creation and appreciation of works of art. The association supports the arts in Coweta schools through annual donations and scholarships to high school students pursuing the arts in college. The Newnan-Coweta Art Association can be found online at

Thursday, June 12, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Artists In The Workforce Study

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces the release of Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005, the first nationwide look at artists’ demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. Artists in the Workforce analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment, its maturation over the past 30 years, along with detailed information on specific artist occupations.

“Artists now play a huge but mostly unrecognized role in the new American economy of the 21st century,” said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. “This report shows how important American artists are to both our nation’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity of our communities.”

Numbering almost two million, artists are one of the largest classes of workers in the nation, only slightly smaller than the U.S. military’s active-duty and reserve personnel (2.2 million). Artists now represent 1.4 percent of the U.S. labor force. While Artists in the Workforce is not an economic impact study, it does report the average income of various artist categories. Based on those statistics, artists earn an aggregate income of approximately $70 billion annually. The study compares artists with the labor force in general, reporting on factors such as geographic distribution, racial, ethnic, and gender composition, employment status, age, and education level. Among the key findings:

Demographic trends:

Between 1970 and 1990, the number of artists more than doubled, from 737,000 to 1.7 million – a much larger percentage gain than for the labor force as a whole. Between 1990 and 2005, the growth of artists slowed to a 16 percent rate, about the same as for the overall labor force.
Women remain underrepresented in several artist occupations. Men outnumber women in architecture, announcing, music, production, and photography. Women outnumber men in the fields of dance, design, and writing.

Like the larger labor force, the artist population is becoming more diverse. The proportion of Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian artists grew from about nine percent of artists in 1990 to almost 15 percent by 2005.

Geographic distribution:

Opportunities for artistic employment are greater in metropolitan areas. More than one-fifth of all U.S. artists live in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington, and Boston. Half of all artists live in 30 metropolitan areas.

Unique regional concentrations emerge. New Mexico has the highest share of fine artists, Vermont has the highest proportion of writers, and Tennessee, the highest proportion of musicians.

Employment and income:

Artists are entrepreneurial – 3.5 times more likely to be self-employed.
Artists are underemployed – one-third of artists work for only part of the year.
Artists generally earn less than workers with similar education levels. The median income from all sources in 2005 was $34,800 for artists, higher than the $30,100 median for the total labor force, and lower than the $43,200 for all professionals.

Education level:

Artists are more educated. Artists are twice as likely to have a college degree as other U.S. workers.
The share of degree-holding artists rose between 1990 and 2005.
Among artist occupations with the highest educational attainment levels are architects, writers, and producers.

In addition, the report profiles 11 artist occupations, including actors; announcers; architects; art directors, fine artists and animators; dancers and choreographers; designers; entertainers and performers; musicians; photographers; producers and directors; writers and authors. Each occupation profile describes key characteristics such as median age and income, and includes data on employment sectors, such as non-profit, business, or self-employed. Artists in the Workforce also features 60 supporting tables with detailed information about artists by state, region, and metropolitan areas, gender, racial, and ethnic designations, and other categories.

“This report brings cohesion to a large, diverse, and important constituency served by the NEA,” said Sunil Iyengar, NEA Director of Research and Analysis. “It recognizes artists as a distinct and dynamic component of the total labor force.”

Artists in the Workforce assembled data from primary sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) averages for 2003-2005. This report is the first attempt to study artists by using ACS data. The study focuses on Americans who named an artist occupation as their primary job. It is estimated that 300,000 Americans have secondary employment as artists.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

High Showcases Decorative Arts and Design Acquisitions in New Installation

“Face Offs: Decorative Arts and Design”
June 21–November 23, 2008

This month the High will present “Face Offs: Decorative Arts and Design,” showcasing recent contemporary decorative arts acquisitions paired with similar works from earlier art-historical periods from the permanent collection. On view from June 21 through November 23, 2008, the eight works on display include the debut of two major commissions from Dutch Droog Design collective artists Jurgen Bey and Tejo Remy, “Treetrunk Bench High Table” and “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory” Chest of Drawers, both of which draw upon local sources for materials. The old and the new are juxtaposed in dialogue with one another through similarities and differences in shape, form, materials, utility, manufacture and prevailing tastes.

“Our newest acquisitions represent some of the most important designs from the late 20th and early 21st centuries,” said Ron T. Labaco, the High’s Curator of Decorative Arts. “Shown in the context of masterworks from other eras, they help illustrate the cycle of innovation, tradition and cross-fertilization that has recurred throughout decorative arts and design history. It will be interesting to see what aspects of these new designs will influence the look and feel of the future.”

Comparative examples include Ron Arad’s molded and woven aluminum “Blo-Void 1 Chair” (2006) and Gebrüder Thonet’s bentwood and woven cane “Rocking Chair” (ca. 1885), Tejo Remy’s haphazard “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory” Chest of Drawers (2008), Charles and Ray Eames’ geometrically structured “ESU (Eames Storage Unit)” (1953–1955), South Carolina potter Mark Hewitt’s massive “That’s What I’m Talking About!” Vase (2007) and English ceramics manufacturers John and William Turner’s monumental “Punch Bowl” (1800–1810).

Decorative Arts and Design at the High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art’s decorative arts and design collection features 2,175 objects, representing the most comprehensive survey of American decorative arts in the Southeast, and is among the most significant collections in the nation. The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection of American Decorative Arts positioned the High as a leader in collecting and preserving works in this genre. The Crawford Collection, given over the course of five years between 1979 and 1983, includes major pieces of furniture, silver, porcelain and specially designed serving items produced by Tiffany and Company. Other notable gifts include the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English ceramics. Recent acquisitions include key additions of Gerrit Rietveld’s “Red/Blue Chair” and Marcel Breuer’s “Lounge Chair.”

The Legacy Theatre Announces Cast for its Summer Spectacular…The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, the most famous movie musical of all time, made its big screen premiere on August 25th, 1939. This summer, almost 70 years later, this beloved musical is coming to life on The Legacy Theatre stage, and it promises to be its biggest spectacle yet! With beautiful, Broadway-caliber costumes, a breath-taking set from New York designer Scott Aronow, and a cast that rivals any, you can bet that this show will entertain and astound South Atlanta!

The best part…. it is only a short drive to this landmark facility! You can easily join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and all of the citizens of Oz for this exciting show, not to mention the magic of Glinda the Good Witch and the mean, green one herself, the Wicked Witch of the West!

Starring as Dorothy, the lovely, bright-eyed girl from Kansas, will be Melissa Vazquez Cartwright. Ms. Cartwright was seen in The Legacy Theatre’s very first production “A Christmas Survival Guide” and most recently “It’s A Wonderful Life”. When not on stage, Melissa can be scene nation-wide as a video DJ on the Gospel Music Channel!

The Tin Man and Glinda the Good Witch will be played by husband and wife team, Don and Shea Johnson. Shea was most recently seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Anything Goes” as the sassy songstress Reno Sweeny and on stage at The Legacy in “Some Enchanted Evening”. Don has performed professionally for many years and will be making his Legacy Theatre debut with this production. Don is currently the head of the Fine Arts Department at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

Chase Todd, who is quickly making a name for himself in the Atlanta area, will be taking on the role of the Scarecrow. Chase was last seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Forever Plaid” as Jinx. Legacy Theatre audiences might recognize him as Ryan from last summer’s smash hit “High School Musical”.

Dustin Lewis will play the Cowardly Lion. Dustin has been performing at the Legacy since it’s opening in 2006. He was last seen at the theatre in “The Spitfire Grill”. He worked all over the world as a professional singer, dancer, actor and choreographer for the past 16 years before making his home at The Legacy Theatre in South Atlanta.

Bethany Hayes Smith will play the Wicked Witch of the West. She has performed this devilish role before and cannot wait to bring the mean, green one back to life here in South Atlanta! Bethany, along with her husband Mark, who is directing this production, founded The Legacy Theatre.

Area professionals, dancers from the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts, and over 70 children and teens from the Legacy's popular Broadway Workshop complete this extraordinary cast.

This production promises to be the biggest and best the Legacy has brought to their growing audiences!Ticket are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 60+/ Students 13+, $15 Children 12 and under.

Group Rates are available.

For reservations call the box office at 404-895-1473 or go online at

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Speaker Murphy Exhibit Opens

The Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Humanities Council opened the exhibit, “Speaker Tom Murphy: Steady Leadership in Changing Times,” with guest Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson this week at the Dallas branch of the Paulding County Public Library. The exhibit is free and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of June. The project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

This summer, the Murphy exhibit will travel to various public libraries in the West Georgia Regional Library System before returning to UWG in November. Additional exhibit locations include the Heard County Public Library in Franklin in July, which will coordinate the exhibit with the community’s Chattahoochee Independence Day celebration.

In the months of August and September the exhibit will be at the William P. Sewell Public Library in Bremen and then travel to the Douglas County Public Library in Douglasville in October.

Murphy, who passed away in 2007, was the 69th Speaker of the House of Representatives. Born in Haralson County, Murphy graduated from Bremen High School and North Georgia College and received his law degree from the University of Georgia. Murphy was also a Navy veteran of World War II who saw combat action in the Pacific. He served as Speaker longer than anyone else in Georgia’s history and was the longest tenured Speaker in the United States when he left office.

Ingram Library’s proposed renovation includes the installation of a permanent exhibit of a replica of Speaker Murphy’s office. The development of the panel exhibit will allow the university to begin shaping a permanent exhibit to support the future office.

The Ingram Library developed the exhibit with the assistance of the Department of History, the Center for Public History and the Georgia Political Heritage Project. All are located on the UWG campus.

The Dallas branch in Paulding is located at 1010 E. Memorial Dr., Dallas. For more information, call 678-839-6350.

'As You Like It' Opens Georgia Shakespeare 2008 Season

'As You Like It' Opens Georgia Shakespeare 2008 Season; CornerCap Investment Counsel Sponsors Summer Festival for 8th Consecutive Season

PRNewswire -- A groovy twist on "As You Like It," a poignant telling of "The Merchant of Venice" and an innovative production of the rarely produced "All's Well That Ends Well" highlight Georgia Shakespeare's twenty-third season.

Georgia Shakespeare's summer festival opens on Wednesday, June 11, with the gender-bending, romantic comedy "As You Like It." Set in the 1960's swinging Summer of Love, "As You Like It" follows the story of Rosalind who, disguised as a boy teaches the object of her affection, Orlando, how best to woo a woman.

Following "As You Like It," Shakespeare's courtroom drama will take the stage with "The Merchant of Venice" (June 26 - August 2). While the play is known for its sometimes controversial topics, bringing religion, money, justice and mercy to the forefront of the play, "It's Bassanio's love for Portia that sets all the balls rolling in 'The Merchant of Venice,'" said Richard Garner, Georgia Shakespeare's Producing Artistic Director.

"As You Like It" and "The Merchant of Venice" will play in a rotating repertory schedule with Georgia Shakespeare's third summer offering of "All's Well That Ends Well" (July 10 - August 3). Audiences will join in the chase as Helena, an orphaned daughter of a great doctor, sets her sights on the handsome, but aloof, Bertram. With the help of a little medicinal magic, Helena cures the ailing king and in return receives as her reward the husband of her choice. In choosing Bertram, she may have won his hand, but can she win his heart?

Also in the mix: Georgia Shakespeare's Family Classics Series continues with a world-premiere of the English folktale of the little hero with a big heart with "Tom Thumb the Great" by Margaret Baldwin (July 18 - August 2).

The summer festival is sponsored by CornerCap Investment Counsel who is now in its eighth year of continued support of Georgia Shakespeare.

"It's through the generous support of our sponsors, especially those long- time supporters such as CornerCap, that we are able to produce high caliber productions while keeping ticket prices affordable for the public," said Garner.

As a non-profit theatre company, Georgia Shakespeare depends on donations and sponsorships of local businesses, foundations and individuals for more than half of the theatre's annual operating budget.

Following the summer repertory, Georgia Shakespeare will conclude the season with a new musical adaptation of the Greek drama "Antigone," adapted and directed by Georgia Shakespeare's own Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner. "Antigone" tells the story of one of literature's greatest heroines who defies political authority in order to stay true to her beliefs.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 - $40. Tickets for "Tom Thumb the Great" range from $10 - $12. Call 404.264.0020 or visit Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. For group information, call 404.504.3422.

In addition to the summer festival which is sponsored by CornerCap, support for Georgia Shakespeare also comes from the law firm of Callner, Portnoy & Strasser as well as Turner Broadcasting. "As You Like It" is sponsored by Corporate Printers and the DeKalb County Office of Arts Culture and Entertainment. "Tom Thumb the Great" is sponsored by Target. Georgia Shakespeare is also supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Oglethorpe University is the host institution of Georgia Shakespeare.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Films at The High - Devil In a Blue Dress

Don Cheadle continues this week with Devil in a Blue Dress. The series includes four of the Cheadle's most acclaimed films, including Saturday's film in which he plays the volatile sidekick to Denzel Washington's Easy Rawlins.

This film series is presented in coordination with the exhibitions Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968 and After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy, on view at the High from June 7 through October 5.

High Museum - Road to Freedom and After 1968 Opening Celebration

The High offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. including events such as guided tours, lectures, gallery talks, music, wine-tastings, book-signings and much more.

June 12, 2008
5-8 pm

The Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Survivors Choir

Discussion & Book-Signing: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

About Shades of Pink, Inc.

Shades of Pink, Inc. (SOP) is an Atlanta-based, non-profit organization sthat began in 2003 as an effort to fill the unmet needs of breast cancer survivors in north Georgia. SOP "celebrates survival" year round through innovative programs and initiatives that serve survivors after they have completed treatment and have outgrown traditional support groups.

The mission of SOP is to uplift those surviving breast cancer, remember those lost to the disease, and to promote a positive image of survivorship by changing the "face of breast cancer."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Newnan Coweta Art Association to Recognize Scholarship Winners at Reception

Each year the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) awards three scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue the arts in college. This year two of the winners are from Northgate High School and one hails from Newnan High.

Katherine Harkleroad and Leah Woodall, both of Northgate High School, along with Janelle Hines of Newnan High, are the 2008 NCAA Scholarship recipients. These young artists now have their work on display at The Centre for the Performing & Visual Arts in Newnan, as part of the NCAA’s third annual juried member exhibit. The Program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with Arts Clayton.

Though all three received the scholarship during Honors night at their respective schools, the Newnan Coweta Art Association plans to publicly recognize each student and her artwork during the opening reception and awards ceremony on June 18, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Centre. The public is invited to attend. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is no charge for admission or parking.

Incorporated on June 18, 1968, the Newnan Coweta Art Association also plans to celebrate its 40th birthday as part of opening reception festivities!

The Newnan Coweta Art Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage and aid artists to produce original works of art of every type and character, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, ceramics, wood craft, drawing and metal crafts; to furnish the auspices for the display of such works in Coweta County and elsewhere; and to foster education and instruction in the creation and appreciation of works of art. The Newnan-Coweta Art Association can be found online at

Wyland to Announce End of 30-year Project, June 25

At 10am on Wednesday, June 25, renowned marine-life artist Wyland will announce details of his 100th and final Whaling Wall, bringing an end to his almost 30-year labor of love. The announcement will take place where it all began, at the site of the very first marine-themed mural in Laguna Beach. As a fitting tribute to Wyland’s international reach and commitment, the final mural will be painted in Beijing next month, in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. With the help of thousands of children from around the globe, Wyland will create a “Great Wall of China” canvas, spanning more than four miles with 50 and 100-foot segments representing 191 nations.

The idea behind the Whaling Wall project has always been to teach people about environmental conservation by simply showing them what they are conserving. This is the largest and longest ongoing arts in public places program dedicated to environmental awareness. The murals have set world records for the largest paintings by one person and are seen by an estimated one billion people each year.

For more information on the Whaling Wall project, go to the Wyland Foundation website at

Grantville Days Set For Sept. 27 & 28

Grantville Day was established in the 1990s as the City's annual community festival. During the past few years it has undergone several changes but the character of it remains about the same. Last year the date was changed from the traditional (super-hot) second Saturday in June to the balmy end of September, and its name was changed to The New Grantville Days Festival not only because of the month change but also because it was held on TWO days (Saturday and Sunday) instead of one.

This year the festival will also be held for two days -- Saturday and Sunday -- and the dates will be the end of September -- 27 & 28, but the name will be changed again, this time to "Grantville Days Crosstie Festival". The "Crosstie" refers to the railroad tracks, which is not suprising because Grantville is named after Mr. L.P. Grant, who was the Railroad President during the late 19th century. Also, the railroad freight depot is used by Grantville Day, mainly for the music.

The Grantville Day Chairman, Sandra Luttrell, has announced that applications are now open for vendors -- food vendors as well as arts/crafts/antiques vendors -- and that she is the one to contact. She can be reached by email at, or by phone [at 770-583-2147 (business) or 770-583-9013 (home) or 770-304-6014] or by dropping in at her Luttrell's Family Restaurant on Main Street in Grantville.

Luttrell has also announced that she is now selling ads for the Grantville Day brochure, which is an 8 1/2 " x 11 " booklet containing the Grantville Day program and various other items of information about Grantville and Grantville Day. She can be reached for info on this by phone or email or in person. The rates for the ads are $400 for a full page ad, $200 for a half page ad, $100 for a quarter page ad and $57 for am eighth page ad. All area businesses are invited to take out ads in the booklet. Just mail in your ad along with a check to Luttrell at 276 LaGrange Street, Grantville, GA 30220.

There are many events being planned for Grantville Day. Announcements will be made about each of them when they are finalized.

Grantville is a small city in southern Coweta County located at Exit 35 on Interstate 85.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

GMOA to Host NEH Funded Picturing America Workshop for Teachers and Librarians

The Georgia Museum of Art will host a workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians who are participating in the National Endowment for the Humanities program Picturing America on July 22-24, thanks to a chairman’s grant from the NEH.

Picturing America, the latest initiative of the NEH We the People program, brings some of the most significant pieces of American art into classrooms throughout the nation. The program is free for teachers and librarians who apply. Participating institutions will receive a comprehensive package of 40 large high-quality images of American paintings, decorative arts and architecture, which paired with a teacher resource packet, will provide a catalyst for the study of the U.S.

To provide participants with further support in using the Picturing America materials, the Georgia Museum of Art has developed a three-day workshop that focuses on the images and themes in Picturing America and ties those works of art to objects from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as architecture and interiors in Athens.

Participants will hear lectures by the museum’s curators and humanities scholars. They will participate in gallery tours and educational sessions led by art educators and museum docents as well as tours of historic local sites and two private art collections. They also will receive museum publications related to the seminar topics to be used in the participants’ schools and libraries. The participants will work in teams to develop age-appropriate lesson plans using Picturing America. At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will receive two Professional Learning Units for their participation.

Through the funding provided by the NEH, the museum will offer an honorarium to each participant, as well as meals and travel expenses. Space is limited to 30 participants, and the deadline for registration is June 30. For more information about Picturing America, please visit For information on the Picturing America workshop, see or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Twilight Theatre Production Next Two Weekends in Newnan

The cast of Into the Woods, presented by The Twilight Theatre at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan, on June 6,7, and 13 at 8 p.m., and on June 8 and 15 at 2:30.

Tickets: www.the twilight, at Scott's Bookstore on the square in Newnan, and at the door.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Partners with Jazz at Lincoln Center for NEA Jazz Masters
Awards Ceremony and Concert

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the recipients of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award-the nation's highest honor in this distinctly American music. The six recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award, and will be publicly honored in an awards ceremony and concert on Friday, October 17, 2008.

The six 2009 NEA Jazz Masters are: George Benson (vocalist and solo instrumentalist, guitar), Jimmy Cobb (rhythm instrumentalist, drums), Lee Konitz (solo instrumentalist, saxophone), Toots Thielemans (solo instrumentalist, harmonica and guitar), and Snooky Young (solo instrumentalist, trumpet). Recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder will receive the 2009 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bradshaw, Coveert And Harmon Exhibits

While visiting Bayeux, France several years ago as a teacher in the University of West Georgia’s summer study abroad program, Cameron Covert was introduced to Gordon Bradshaw and later visited his nearby château. Their friendship has evolved into an exhibition of Covert’s ceramics and Bradshaw’s paintings and ceramic sculpture which can be viewed in the Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, June 6-29 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6th from 5 until 7 in the front lobby.

The works of the two friends blend together as Mr. Bradshaw will exhibit abstracted landscapes of the countryside around his home in Normandy, together with non-figurative sculptures depicting baroque color, energy and openness to the environment. Mr. Covert’s work will include examples of his unique process of applying Xerox™ Laser transfers to his forms, especially images of Japanese firemen from the Edo Period. These flamboyant images contain hints of the illegal tattoos the firemen loved but were forbidden to display except once a year during a special parade. In addition Covert will display ceramic work fired in soda, wood and gas kilns, also influenced by several of his visits to Japan.

The Bayeux Tapestry is housed in a museum in the small town of Bayeux in Normandy, this glorious tapestry – nearly 1,000 years old and 230 feet long- is the sole survivor of an art form that was once widely produced. The Bayeux Tapestry relates the invasion of England by William of Normandy and his victory at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

“Artifacts of Vision” by David Harmon is on display in the Galleria, Mr. Harmon is currently a professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Campus and has also taught at several colleges and universities nationwide. He has been drawing in color since 1980 from life or his "seen scenes" he has amassed a collection of drawings depicting his everyday surroundings. There are several images of a studio or living room filled with souvenirs and memorabilia. The collection reflects of bits and pieces of Art-i-facts for personal use as an artist or instructor. The exhibit is colorful insight into is personal surroundings and thought processes.

Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Covert will be at the reception to welcome friends and guests. Their works are mostly for sale, with a few in private collections or on loan for the exhibit. Galleries are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. For more information call the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083.