What Objects, Images, People, Places, or Events Best Represent Atlanta?
Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta History Center is committed to telling Atlanta’s collective stories in creative, innovative, and evolving ways, to connect our communities as one. The History Center’s upcoming display Atlanta in 50 Objects demonstrates this commitment by actively engaging audiences in the creation of user-generated content to showcase the public’s own view interpretation of what makes Atlanta “Atlanta.” Over the next several months, the Atlanta History Center asks the public to submit their ideas as to what objects they believe are meaningful to Atlanta and deserve to be one of the fifty showcased in the display.
Everyone has an opportunity to identify aspects of Atlanta history that are popular, iconic, or perhaps little known. Object suggestions can be symbolic or tangible, and can be not only specific objects, but can also be people, places, or events in our Atlanta history – the History Center staff will respond by identifying objects that can represent those intangibles.
Sixteen broad categories are suggested to stimulate participation and freedom of thought: Architecture, Arts, Business, Civil Rights, Civil War, Events, Food, Geography, Institutions, Neighborhoods, People, Places, Politics, Religion, Sports, and Transportation.
The Atlanta History Center invites public participation through social media and online platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and AtlantaHistoryCenter.com. Each week, November 17, 2014 through March 02, 2015, the History Center shares a theme with the community via social media and presents an image of an object selected to spark creativity. Educational outreach, community partnerships, and neighborhood associations are also utilized to engage the entire community in the development of this display.
Items selected for final display may be presented as an artifact, photo, graphic, poster, map, moving image, film, video, sound recording, or oral history. “We hope to use a wide variety of media to be able to present a stimulating community project,” says Michael Rose, Atlanta History Center’s Executive Vice President.
Atlanta in 50 Objects is set to open in January 2016 and is a prelude to the Atlanta History Center’s summer 2016 premiere of a new permanent exhibition on Atlanta. For more information on Atlanta in 50 Objects or to submit your ideas, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/ATLin50.