Paint It Black: combating gentrification through the arts

December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm America/New York Timezone
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

Hip-hop, film, fashion and visual arts — Atlanta is the creative center of the South. Art is used by community members to beautify. But what happens when it is used by outsiders to erase?

On December 14 from 2 to 5:30, Scalawag partners with PEN America and Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History to host Paint It Black: combating gentrification through the arts. Led by local Black artists, poets, and cultural organizers, Paint It Black brings ATL residents together to fight back against gentrification and city-sponsored erasure and reaffirm the vibrancy and color —the Blackness— of Downtown ATL.

Did you hang out at the Underground? Did you family attend a history congregation in the King District? Whether you rep Sweet Auburn, Edgewood, OFW, or South Downtown, come out on Saturday from 2 to 5:30 to celebrate native Atlanta history and culture…

Oh and afterward, come through to the afterparty from 8:30 to 11:30. Location TBA. You know we can’t close out without cutting up.

Listen to dope poems during the poetry cypher. At the panel, learn from local arts organizers, Courtney Brooks of ArtsXchange, and T. Lang of The Movement Lab, about how to support Atlanta’s communities and artistic traditions. As populations shift, narrative and representation matters. RSVP now and join downtown Atlanta as we come together to create, celebrate, and preserve the cultural history of the place we call home.

The event will include:

– poetry cypher featuring emerging and establish poets from the Atlanta literary and spoken word scene

– panel and Q & A on artswashing, gentrification, and how local arts organizations are preserving Atlanta’s Black history

– collective memory share and archiving

-live art by local artists to document and bring our community history to life.

– food and drinks