Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.14.55 PMThe Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has announced the artist lineup for ELEVATE 2015, the city’s annual visual arts program and festival. Now in its fifth year, ELEVATE will take place over nine days in Downtown, from Oct. 15-23. ELEVATE aims to promote city-wide cultural growth among residents by exhibiting large-scale public art installations, visual performances and educational opportunities.

“The city is home to nationally-renowned visual and performance artists, poets, authors and scholars,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director for the Office of Cultural Affairs. “ELEVATE 2015 will celebrate and spotlight Atlanta’s own homegrown, world-renowned arts and cultural community. Our goal is to ensure Atlanta residents feel a strong sense of pride in their city and the cultural resources and experiences it offers to the world.”

Programming for ELEVATE is curated by internationally-recognized visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou whose artistic work is featured on Emmy award-winning shows including the FOX drama Empire and ABC’s hit comedy Black-ish.

Additional contributing artists include: Christopher Chambers, Jason Kofke, Gwendolyn “Kitty” Pope, Lionel Daniel, Heritage High School, Lumumba Mogerie, Max Woo, Nelly Bonilla, Rachel K. Garceau, Bent Frequency, Sanithna Phansavanh, Angela Davis Johnson, AllWays Open Creative, Brandon Sadler, Balmori Associates, and Vex Nea.

The theme for this year’s ELEVATE event is Forever I Love Atlanta (F.I.L.A.), and will feature a special art installation presented by Rico Wade and Ray Murray of the Atlanta-based hip-hop production company Organized Noize. All of the programs, workshops and lectures presented during ELEVATE are free and open to the public.

For a full schedule of the ELEVATE 2015 programs and participating artists, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.