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8 Must-Visit Arts Centers in Atlanta
Atlanta may seem all business (Related: Atlanta’s Top Companies), what with the world’s busiest airport and the world’s fourth-largest convention center; but at its core, this city is a creative haven. Dancers, sculptors, mural artists, glass blowers, and actors thrive in a city where the community’s support of the arts is consistent and generous.
This local love of the arts is perhaps most clearly evident in its most active and impactful arts centers. While extraordinary arts museums and gallery space abound – for instance, the Woodruff Arts Center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) – the arts centers on our list extend far beyond collecting and displaying by providing funding, education, and resources.
Click through the gallery for a list of nine must-visit art centers in Atlanta:Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Goat Farm Arts Center
The Arts Center: Equal parts performance venue, work studios, artist residences and film set, the Goat Farm Arts Center helps to advance nearly every art form. The ongoing performances by contemporary artists and groups, including TanzFarm and resident dance company gloATL, are a highlight here for visiting art lovers. The donation-based War Horse Coffee Joint onsite serves up delicious coffee in a space lined with weathered books and scavenged odds and ends. Film buffs will recognize the Goat Farm as District 9 in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
The Fine Print: 1200 Foster St. NWContinue to 3 of 9 below.
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Center for Puppetry Arts
The Arts Center: The stupendously fun and engaging Center for Puppetry Arts is dedicated entirely to the history and craft of puppetry. An expansion in 2015 added on the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, which includes vibrant displays and riveting information about the art form’s long lineage. Also in 2015, the center became home to the largest collection of Jim Henson Muppets in the world. Alongside the museum, the center produces a wide array of performances throughout the year, some for families and others for adults only, that utilize the talent of the local staff, who craft the impeccable puppets and the intricate sets on site. Additionally, the center offers puppet-making workshops and learning opportunities for kids.
The Fine Print: 1404 Spring St. NW, 404.873.3391Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)
The Arts Center: Like its name suggests, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of modern visual art. Where its name falls short, though, is in encompassing its breadth of efforts far beyond those of a museum or gallery. MOCA GA focuses on collecting, displaying and archiving contemporary artworks by Georgia-based artists. In addition to hosting around 15 exhibitions per year that launch local artists into the regional spotlight, the center hosts art talks that spark conversation between artists and admirers and helps to fund artists through its Working Artist Project. Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults.
Hours: T-Sa from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Fine Print: 75 Bennett St. NW, 404.367.8700Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC)
The Arts Center: Rub elbows with some of Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designers at The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), which is at once an interior-design collective and art gallery. The 50-year-old center was built by Atlanta-native and legendary architect John Portman. ADAC encompasses 1,200 product lines throughout its 550,000 square feet. Many of these showrooms feature local art as accents in the vibrant vignettes. In addition to its 60 showrooms, ADAC offers a laundry list of custom-design services and hosts an annual conference, DESIGN ADAC, to support the evolution and education within the design community.
Hours: M-F from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Fine Print: 349-351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, 404.231.1720Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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The Arts Center: The sprawling, free-admission Atlanta Contemporary is committed to the advancement of contemporary artists, both domestically and internationally. Not only does this organization hosts up to 10 exhibitions per year, it also supports local artists financially by commissioning new works and providing subsidized studio space on-site. Further, The Contemporary offers more than 50 educational opportunities for artists throughout each year.
Hours: Tu&W from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Th from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., F&Sa from 11 a.m.-5 p.m, Su from noon-4 p.m.
The Fine Print: 535 Means St. NW, 404.688.1970Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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King Plow Arts Center
The Arts Center: The King Plow Arts Center is a model for both adaptive reuse and support of the arts. In 2003, a plow factory was transformed into the massive complex of artist studios, residences, galleries, commercial space and performance venues. Currently, King Plow is home to more than 100 tenants that run the creative and artistic gamut, representing everything from fine art and architecture to graphic design and photography. Terminal West is King Plow’s music venue, long considered one of the city’s go-to live-music stages for local, national and international acts of nearly every genre.
The Fine Print: 887 West Marietta St. NW, 404.885.9933Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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The Arts Center: WonderRoot’s main focus is to help advance artists by providing them with space and resources for their craft. Lucky for the general public, WonderRoot opens its doors to visitors with a free-admission gallery that displays the work of emerging and mid-career artists and a venue that hosts several live performances each week, including bands, rap battles, comedy, and poetry. Performances cost $5 and are usually open to all ages.
Hours: M&T, Th-Sa from noon to 10 p.m.
The Fine Print: 982 Memorial Dr. SE, 404.254.5955Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Rialto Center for the Arts
The Arts Center: Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts packs its programming with art shows, dance, orchestra, band and vocal performances that aim to bring the world’s cultural traditions to local audiences. It’s this dedication to global art forms that gives the center its stellar reputation among local arts and culture supporters. With university ties, it’s no surprise the center goes above and beyond to spotlight students, artists, and musicians, while also providing them with opportunities for growth and development, including master classes, a jazz program for kids and pre-show lectures.
The Fine Print: 80 Forsyth St. NW, 404.413.9849