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Who:
Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff, the City of Atlanta, and the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and ELEVATE Atlanta.

What:
Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs will host an official press conference to announce plans for the ELEVATE 2015 celebration. Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta, ELEVATE instills city-wide cultural growth by exhibiting large-scale public artwork/installations and offers performances, educational opportunities and cultural experiences free to the public. This year's curator for ELEVATE 2015 will be internationally-recognized visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou, whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou's works have been featured in Fox's drama Empire and ABC's hit comedy Black-ish.

Set to take place under the theme, 'Forever I Love Atlanta' (F.I.L.A.), ELEVATE 2015 will be a 9-day celebration of Atlanta, where she's been, where she is now and where she is going!

Attendees of the official press conference will include:
• Candace Byrd - Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta
• Fahamu Pecou - Visual/performing artist and scholar; Curator of ELEVATE 2015
• Camille Love - Director, City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
• Kwanza Hall - Councilman, City of Atlanta
• Ray Murray - Member of Atlanta-based hip-hop production company, Organized Noize
• Rico Wade - Member of Atlanta-based hip-hop production company, Organized Noize
When:
Monday, September 14, 2015 | Press Conference will begin immediately at 11:30 a.m.
Media check-in: 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Where:
55 Trinity AVE SW, City Hall Atrium, first floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

Why:
ELEVATE 2015 programs and commissions will impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for its citizens, educate the public and gain global attention for Atlanta as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city.

Media Note:
Media interested in attending should submit their request to 10 Squared, press@10squaredpr.com no later than Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Media Contacts:
10 Squared
press(at)10squaredpr.com | 678-399-3363
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Mayor's Office of Communications:
atlmedia(at)atlantaga.gov | 404-330-6004

About The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs:
The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs vision is to enhance the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse and educational cultural experiences; nurture artists and arts organizations; unify Atlanta's cultural community; preserve and protect the city's cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta's international reputation as a cultural destination. For news and information follow them on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atlantaculturalaffairs and visit their website at http://www.ocaatlanta.com/.

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