Today marks a really great day for ArtsATL. Back in January when I came on as executive editor, I formally voiced our commitment to initiating conversations to important issues that our community faces, and helping our readers in comprehending and fully absorbing what these changes imply.
This is no small task — one that could be more effectively accomplished with a little bit of help. Steven Grubbs’ essay, Stay Gold: Atlanta’s hardcore scene, the archiving of a movement that was never intended to last marks the inaugural story we’re publishing alongside a partner organization. In this instance, our good friends at The Bitter Southerner are publishing their own spin on the story, with extended imagery of ephemera from Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library’s punk rock archive and photographs of the contributors who donated them, taken by the talented Johnathon Kelso.
Anticipate more editorial partnerships in this vein in the upcoming months. Next week will mark the beginning of our first collaboration with WABE and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on a series of stories celebrating Conductor Robert Shaw as a celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. We also will partner with Immersive Atlanta, VOX and Atlanta Celebrates Photography over the course of 2016.
In addition to editorial partnerships, we’re launching a few different program series with other organizations to complement and breathe life into the stories we publish. Two such programs will dive deeper into Grubbs’ feature story. First, on April 14 members of CURIO will have an opportunity to view the punk rock archive first-hand with a tour hosted by Emory’s curator of modern political and historical collections, Randy Gue, and ArtsATL contributor Steven Grubbs. Later in the month we’ll continue our Memorial Drive series in partnership with Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library with a panel discussion with various contributors to the archive.
We’re also excited to announce a couple additional programming partnerships: On Sunday, May 22 we will honor Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan with the first annual AJFF Icon Award in partnership with The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. And throughout Labor Day weekend we will be launching our partnership with The Decatur Book Festival by taking the helm of ArtDBF, the festival’s showcase of Atlanta’s vibrant arts and culture community.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a big year! (And you haven’t even seen our new website yet — more on that soon.) Thank you so much for your continued support and readership.
Executive Editor, ArtsATL