SaportaReport: ELEVATE Arts Festival seeks to revitalize downtown Atlanta with art
By Guest Columnist Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and producer of the annual ELEVATE Arts Festival
October 5, 2014
A great city offers not only excellent services and resources, but it also serves as a cultural hub. Arts and culture play vital roles in helping define and enhance the social fabric and the quality of life of its citizens and visitors.
With the various programs and events that the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs coordinates and produces, we continually work to inspire and educate people through the arts. Our mission is to create a welcoming and beautiful city that citizens can be proud of, to contribute to the city’s economy, and to put Atlanta on the map as a cultural tourism destination.
People who work downtown, or visit for concerts or events, have probably seen some of the statues, sculptures or fountains in the city. But many don’t realize that Atlanta’s Public Art Program preserves and maintains more than 135 large scale permanent public artworks throughout the city.