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ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2015 / PRLog.org/ The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs announced this week 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 Atlanta, from October 15-23, 2015. 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, Joseph Dreher & #WeLoveATL, 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, Vek Neal, Rico Wade and Ray Murray.

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ELEVATE 2015 curator, Fahamu Pecou

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.

ELEVATE 2015 Main Events include:

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The Art of Organized Noize Exhibition | Opening Reception & Exhibition Opening
Gallery 72 | 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 5pm - 7pm
When Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Pat "Sleepy" Brown formed Organized Noize in the early 1990s, hip-hop was in the midst of a vicious (and ultimately fatal) bi-coastal turf war. While historically polarized between (North) East Coast rap artists and West Coast rap artists, Organized Noize completely changed the direction of hip-hop culture, its sounds and expression.

This exhibition traces the legacy of Organized Noize and their Dungeon Family collective (which includes Outkast, Goodie Mob, Joi, Slimm Cutta Calhoun, Big Rube and more) from their dirt-floor basements to stages around the world. The exhibition features archival items from Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family including photographs, artwork, studio equipment, notebooks, costumes and more.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
ELEVATE 2015 Block Party
Woodruff Park | 51 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 7pm - 10pm
The ELEVATE 2015 Block Party will be hosted by Emperor Searcy and feature sounds by DJ Jelly, Speakerfoxxx, JIVA, Wabi Sabi and Atlanta Stilt Dancing

Week-long Installations by:
Chris Chambers, Heritage High School, Jason Kofke, Joseph Dreher & #WeLoveATL, Gwendolyn "Kitty" Pope, Lionel Daniel, Lumumba Mogerie, Max Woo, Nelly Bonilla, Rachel K. Garceau, Bent Frequency, Sanithna Phansavanh, Angela Davis Johnson, AllWays Open Creative & Brandon Sadler, Balmori Associates, Vek Neal, Rico Wade and Ray Murray.

To view full schedule for ELEVATE 2015, please visit: www.ocaatlanta.com

To view additional images from ELEVATE 2015 participants, please visit:
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Connect with ELEVATE 2015 on social media:
Twitter / Instagram: @ELEVATEAtl
Facebook: ELEVATEAtlanta
Event hashtag: #ElevateAtl

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