It’s been too long, really.
Not since 2019 has there been a live and in-person fall arts season. Despite surging pandemic cases, theaters and venues and museums and galleries and festivals are back. While most have set requirements that patrons either be vaccinated or recently tested to help ensure safety, there is still much uncertainty.
At the same time, many nonprofit arts organizations need a fall season for financial stability, even survival. Artists crave to create for an audience; the audience is hungry for art. There is an ache for human communion after months of quarantine and Zoom. We are living in strange times, and art gives the gift of context and deeper truths that help us understand where we are and who we can be.
To mark the return to the stage, ArtsATL has embarked on a first-time partnership with our friends at Atlanta magazine to bring you The Arts Are Back! It is an in-depth look at this unique season. ArtsATL senior editor Howard Pousner delves into how the challenges of the past 18 months have impacted the arts and arts organizations across the city. I profiled The Atlanta Opera’s Tomer Zvulun and his determination to safely stage live performances in front of audiences under a big tent when every other opera company in North America was shuttered.
The magazine has a lovely photo essay by Johnathon Kelso on “Six Artists To Watch” that were selected by the editors of ArtsATL. Those photos, and the accompanying stories, are exclusive to their September print edition and website. ArtsATL has its own photo section on those same artists, whom we expect to inspire and awe as the fall arts season takes flight.
Both publications share the “must-see” shows in Art and Design, Theater, Music and Dance that ArtsATL editors are most excited to see this fall. The ArtsATL version includes an exclusive list of even more.
Art and artists are ever evolving. The past 18 months have caused many artists to slow down and reassess what’s really important and meaningful in their work — and their lives. With the fall season, they will again be able to perform and share their artistry in front of audiences. They will provoke and inspire and often take our breath away. We can’t wait to applaud what they’ve created for us.