Atlanta Arts and Artists

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Rickey Bevington broadcasts live Friday, February 3rd 4-7 p.m. on 88.5 FM from the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta during the museum's monthly "First Friday" event. It's part art party, part happy hour.

This month's event features live music from Atlanta Funk Society, drop-in snow globe making with Indie Craft Experience, ice Carving by Adrián Barzaga, photobooth with E.K. Sluder, a screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and more.

The show is all about Atlanta arts and artists, featuring Khalilah Birdsong, Fahamu Pecou, Catlanta, Tiny Doors ATL, Scott Ingram, Sarah Hobbs, Molly Rose Freeman, the Atlanta Music Project and Susannah Darrow of Arts ATL.  

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Courtesy of The Goat Farm Arts Center

Tucked away down a quiet street, not far from Howell Mill Road on Atlanta's Westside, you'll find the Goat Farm Arts Center. It's a compound of artist studios, residences, and performance and event spaces. While there are some goats, it's long been a community where artists can live, exchange ideas, and get projects off the ground.

The Goat Farm recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of the arts compound, joined On Second Thought to explain how this will allow them to both preserve most of the existing structures on the property while expanding the facilities and scope of their programs. He also discussed what they hope this will achieve for Georgia's arts community.

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Between 1983 and 1992, photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley traveled with poet Jonathan Williams along the backroads of the Southeast. Williams covered nine states in search of what he called "outlandish art." Mendes and Manley captured sprawling environments like Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Somerville and the Land of Pasaquan in Buena Vista.


Photography and art from their trips are now gathered in an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta called "Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads." Manley and Mendes joined On Second Thought to recap their travels and the importance of self-taught artists in the South.


Today's show explored art and artists in Georgia, from Alliance Theatre's upcoming production of "Ever After" to Brendan O'Connell's paintings that capture the beauty in the mundanity of life.

Alliance Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a revamped stage and the Atlanta debut of a new musical. The first production of the season is "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie that re-imagines the Cinderella fairytale. Alliance Theatre artistic director and director of "Ever After" Susan V. Booth, choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and lead actor Sierra Boggess all joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the show.


Bill Nigut’s guest on this edition of Two Way Street is Georgia-based musician Brandon Bush. He was an original member of Sugarland, one of the hottest acts in country music until they went their separate ways six years ago to the dismay of their millions of fans. 

Souls Grown Deep Foundation
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The High Museum of Art recently received 54 works made by contemporary African-American artists from the South as part of a gift/purchase from Souls Grown Deep Foundation. This gift will debut in 2018 as part of the museum’s permanent collection reinstallation. We talk with curator Katherine Jentleson about one incoming piece by artist Thornton Dial.

E.K. Sluder

On Friday February 3, GPB Atlanta broadcasted "All Things Considered" live from the High Museum of Art's monthly "First Friday" event.

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At the time, it was the deadliest crash in aviation history. On Sunday morning, June 3, 1962, Atlanta was stunned by the news that a plane carrying 106 of its citizens had crashed on take-off at Orly Airfield near Paris, France. Below, you can watch the 2001 GPB documentary "The Day Atlanta Stood Still."

Fahamu Pecou

In metro Atlanta, art is all around us.

We asked some of the city's creative minds to share their perspectives about the Atlanta art scene, why they work in their particular medium and the value of public art.

Check out a slideshow of their favorite works above, and listen to what they had to say below.

Stephen Fowler, GPB News

There’s some art in Atlanta that’s not found in paints and brushes, but in pitches and beats.

The art of making music is a special gift, and one the Atlanta Music Project takes very seriously.

The afterschool program is at the Kindezi School Westlake, and in a few short years it has made a lasting impact not only on the students, but also the community around it.

Listen to the sounds of a typical afternoon at the Atlanta Music Project, and hear how a few hours of music strikes a powerful chord with everyone involved.  


Atlanta’s creative output is impressive.

The metro region has 492 registered arts organizations from museums and galleries to movie theaters to furniture makers.

Statewide, the annual revenue of arts organizations is nearly $800 million.

To learn more about how arts influence the daily lives of Atlantans, Rickey Bevington speaks with Susannah Darrow, Executive Director of Arts ATL, a nonprofit publication providing arts criticism and coverage.