Art and the city: Atlanta’s Changing Landscape, Artist Talk

August 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm America/New York Timezone
Center for Civil and Human Rights

Join Living Melody Collective and the Center for Civil and Human Rights as we host a community conversation on our mural, “Living the Legacy II,” and the power of art in catalyzing conversations around civil and human rights.

This event is on August 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is free and open to the community. The venue has ground floor accessibility.

During this talk, we will use the mural and other forms of art to discuss housing inequity, gentrification, urban blight, and neighborhood change in the City of Atlanta.

Panelists include Living Melody artists Jessica Caldas, Danielle Deadwyler, photographer Rose Smith, scholar/activist Dr. Tanya Washington, and Off the Wall artists from WonderRoot (TBA.)

Angela Davis Johnson and Haylee Anne will also be in attendance to answer any questions about the mural.

We would love for you to join us, so please RSVP here:

About the mural:
Live the Legacy II engages Dr. King’s legacy of targeting homelessness and exclusivity through the lens of current inequity and displacement crises in Atlanta. Atlanta leads the nation in income inequality and ranks last in social mobility. Live the Legacy II consists of two and three-dimensional assemblages that examine racial history and urban blight through acrylic paint, photography, and papier mâché. With housing affordability plummeting in recent years, the work is a timely reflection of gentrification in the City of Atlanta. Decades after King’s untimely death, the art calls us to ask, as he did, “Why is equality so assiduously avoided?”

The creation of the piece functions as an exemplary microcosm of the types of collaborative efforts it will require to build stronger and more equitable communities. Beyond a singular arts-focused process, which included the expert application of gestural paint marks and slick layers of wheat paste, the artists supported one another when a member was delayed, collaboratively cleaned and prepared their spacious warehouse studio, and shared in the care of one another’s children- who roamed in and out of the creative space, giggling, smiling, and always cared for. This dance of teamwork, cooperation, and mutual support is where we can uncover the truest sense of solutions the art suggests, while reflecting on disparities that diminish these opportunities.

About Living Melody:
Living Melody Collective consists of female-identifying Atlanta-based artists, Haylee Anne, Angela Bortone, Jessica Caldas, Angela Davis Johnson, and Danielle Deadwyler. Combining varied media, such as painting, printmaking, music, dance, performance, and photography, the group creates artistic interventions focused on civic engagement, awareness, and community impact. The Collective is a living institution that includes diverse ethnicities, family groups, and areas of expertise.