ATLANTA, GA, March 13, 2018 – Tyree Smith, founder of ARTlanta Gallery and the Wolf Idea Group, Atlanta’s most progressive art collective is excited to debut the ARTlanta Fair; a four (4) day multi-sensory playground featuring works from 50+ visual artists, amusement rides, music, games and artistic performances. The ARTlanta Fair will take place April 12th – 15th, 2018 at the historical Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta.
With Atlanta being one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the country, the ARTlanta Fair will increase the momentum of an already explosive art scene. Between the groundbreaking street art to Atlanta’s influence in Film/TV, music and fashion, Atlanta is home to many global artists with cultural influence. This is one of the many reasons why the inaugural ARTlanta Fair was created. The ARTlanta Fair is expected to draw thousands of attendees locally, in state and across state lines.
ARTlanta’s Tyree Smith, who also sits on the Marta En Route Art Council, serves as VP Chair on the Fort Mac Public Art Council and is a 2018 jury panelist for Art on the Beltline continues to lead the way in bringing interactive art experiences to Atlanta. “I wanted to connect the people of Atlanta directly to art, free of political or personal agendas,” said Smith. “Life is art, and art has become the new Atlanta. What better way to play and explore a multi-sensory playground than through an art fair.”
Guaranteed to fuel the imaginative spirit through arts, music and culture, the ARTlanta Fair will host some of the biggest visual artists under one creative roof to celebrate Atlanta’s longstanding influence in pop culture. Participating artists include Miya Bailey, Ebo Haze, Nicola Badila, Rob Regis, Ceaux, EuGene Byrd, Lennox Ave, Keef Cross, J. Barber, Rod Parker, and more. There will also be guest DJ sets by some of Atlanta’s most popular DJ’s including Papa Ratchet, Ooh Lala, Fly Guy and more.
The Book Bank Foundation has been selected as the official community partner for this year’s event.The organization will receive art supplies donated daily by attendees to benefit underprivileged kids and communities. “Art is one of the purest and fearless forms of communication as it reflects the current times of our landscape,” said Dr. Glenn Toby, founder of Book Bank Foundation. “Tyree Smith, Anthony Jackson who serves as president of the Book Bank Foundation and the ARTlanta family continue to collaborate using immersive experiences to celebrate the people that create and support the world of art.”
The 2018 ARTlanta Fair Event Line-up:
Thursday April 12th
3pm to 4pm: Panel Discussions “How to Monetize Art” at ARTlanta Gallery
6pm to 7pm: Artist Talk in ARTlanta Gallery
7pm to 11pm: Hundo “Small Works ART Show“ Opening Reception at Future Gallery hosted by EuGene Byrd
8:00pm to 11pm: Movies. Art. Drinks (MAD) Hosted by Tyree Smith
Friday April 13th
Day Two (2)
3pm to 4pm: Panel Discussions at ARTlanta Gallery (Topic TBA)
8pm to 11pm: Colors – Interactive Art Experience at ARTlanta Gallery Hosted by Tyree Smith, Puma from Black Ink and BMX BEESY | Music by Papa Ratchet
6pm to 7pm: Artist Talk
Saturday April 14th
Day Three (3)
8pm to 11pm: 80’s Theme Party | Complimentary entry for everyone in 80’s themed attire
Sunday April 15th
12pm to 5pm: Art Drive. Complimentary entry with art supplies until 5:00 p.m. | Hosted by the Book Bank Foundation | www.thebbf.org
12pm to 1pm: Panel Discussion: How to Help Children in the Industry of Arts, Music, Acting
1pm to 3pm: Kids Color
3pm to 5pm: Krispy Cream Doughnut Social Hosted by Nikia Knight and ARTlanta Gallery
3pm to 3:30pm: Paint Balloon Fight
3pm to 5pm: KIDS MAD – Movie. ART. Drinks
The ARTlanta Gallery debuted in 2017 at Fort McPherson and is supported by Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority to create sustainable artistic events that will bring people from surrounding communities to experience Fort MacPherson. Over 2,250 square feet of space serve as the art collective’s headquarters and showroom and will feature future art-based events and programs including culinary arts, children’s art and photography.
Open to people of all ages, the event will host youth-friendly events daily from 12pm to 7pm and themed-nighttime events for guests who are 18 and older from 8pm to 11pm. General admission tickets are $5 for all ages and advance tickets can be purchased at https://www.ARTLANTAgallery.com/fair .
About ARTlanta Gallery
The ARTlanta Gallery utilizes art to improve society and influence positivity for creatives and visionaries in metro Atlanta. Funded by Tyree Smith, ARTlanta has planted a seed bringing much needed nutrients to the historic Fort McPherson and the surrounding communities. ARTlanta is a great example of how art can positively influence local communities. Emerging visual artists are being given platforms right here and now. The revolution is creative, adding the colors of everything seen. ARTlanta fills the missing creative void in Atlanta.
About the Book Bank Foundation
The original mission of the Book Bank Foundation was to promote and advocate literacy by providing books and other literature to underprivileged children and adult members of our community. Over time that mission has expanded to include challenges such as providing underprivileged children and their families with resources for combating abuse, hunger and homelessness. We accomplish these goals by using motivational speaking, providing models of positive behavior and resourceful thinking, encouraging scholastic achievement as well as utilizing various programs and events to stimulate self-esteem, academic achievement, future goal setting, and stories of achievement in every community that we address.
The Book Bank Foundation is committed to the community and focused on the betterment of tomorrow’s future, our children. Our vision is to decrease the number of illiterate by providing sound and innovative ways of promoting learning, social awareness and individual prosperity. This is possible with your help.