A Sankofa Journey: Atlanta Grassroots Arts Bus Tour

A Sankofa Journey: Atlanta Grassroots Arts Bus Tour
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Organized by The Arts Exchange
Moderated by Alice Lovelace, President Board of Directors

The literal translation of the word and the symbol “Sankofa” (from the Akan) is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Join us on a Sankofa journey into Atlanta’s historical “left behind” past, back to an age when a progressive mayor gave financial support to artists and arts based organizations and set the stage for Atlanta’s reputation as an Arts Mecca. A ceremony/conversation tour honoring the people, places, events, and outcomes of that past through the stories of artists initiated spaces.

ROOTS Staff Contact Day Of Tour: If you have any questions the day of tour, you can reach Ashley Walden Davis, Managing Director, (757) 404-2258.

Schedule Overview

Scheduled stops and lengths of time subject to change.

10:00 am: Participants Arrive & Board Bus | Parking Lot: 1043 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta, GA 30316

10:30 am (SHARP!): Bus departure

STOP 1: Former site of the Neighborhood Arts Center, now Abernathy City Park | 250 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Releasing Ceremony celebrating and acknowledging the contribution and loss of the Neighborhood Arts Center.

STOP 2 (12:00 pm): The Historic West End at Peeples Street Park

Box lunch provided and On-Your-Own Walking Tour (choose one place to visit):

  • West End Performing Arts Center: 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
  • Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore: 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
  • Hammond’s House Gallery: 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

STOP 3: The Lucky Penny at Wagon Works | 1514 Cleveland Ave, East Point, GA 30344

Performance & discussion with dancers/choreographers.

STOP 4: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre at Hapeville Performing Arts Center | 599 N Central Ave, Atlanta, GA 30354

ENROUTE: Driving while Storytelling

Fort McPherson development project and the Historic Arts Exchange in East Point, GA.

FINAL STOP (3:15 pm) WonderROOT

Following the tour, join WonderRoot’s Activist Screen Printing Studio (2:30-4:00 pm) created by local artists working with the theme of Housing Justice. WonderROOT will re-share art work from their justice screen printing campaign where they partnered with City for All, Living Transit Fund, and the Housing Justice League featuring art work by artists are Lynne Tanzer and Monica Alexander. Learn the importance of accessible messaging at WonderRoot’s Activist Screen Print Studio, a community initiative that seeks to affect positive social change through the accessible medium of screen printing. WonderRoot will host a screen printing tutorial, and participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at making a print. This workshop is open to the public and for all ages.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.