Story by Sheyda Mehrara
Got weekend plans? Check out The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center’s 9/50 Southeast Arts Presenters Summit this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 20th - 22nd. The summit will showcase Southeastern nonprofit and independent contemporary art presenters and publishers from 9 out of the 50 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to view some of the nation’s most celebrated current contemporary artwork and publications — all hailing from the Southeast and under one roof. Among the 18 presenters are some of Atlanta’s top creative endeavors: Art Papers, a publication dedicated to serving as the independent critical voice of today’s contemporary art and culture, and Dust-to-Digital, a producer and curator of historical artifacts using rare recordings, images and texts. Also on the list of must-see presenters are Nashville’s Seed Space and Greensboro’s Elsewhere, two nonprofit artistic spaces that encourage the collaboration of the old and new, as well as the local and national when it comes to creative communities.
The Summit will kick off on Friday night with an Opening Night Party at the ACAC pavilion from 7 - 10 p.m. A $25 ticket includes dinner by the Good Food Truck, cocktails at the cash bar, a unique performance by the dynamic duo Tiger Moon and music by DJ Trey of Soul Spin.
It will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an all-day free public showing of the art gallery and a keynote address from Barry Blinderman, the Director of University Galleries at Illinois State University. Sunday will wrap up the event with an open gallery from 12 - 5 p.m. and a public panel moderated by BURNAWAY’s Susannah Darrow with four of the nation’s top art critics. The conversation, “Does Regionalism Exist?,” will address the ways that geographical location affects the lens through which artists and other creative groups view their individual communities, perspectives, and histories. Octane, Metrotainment Bakery, the Good Food Truck and King of Pops will provide food and drinks for the weekend’s events. There will also be an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artist books, print publications, monographs, and much more at the events. Visit http://thecontemporary.org/9-50-summit/ for more information about this unique art event this weekend.