Since the National Center for Civil & Human Rights just opened last week and the College Football Hall of Fame should open later this year, I thought is would be interesting to take a look at Atlanta’s best museums and the arts scene in Atlanta.
Most recently Atlanta was ranked as the #1 city to be an artist. Previously, USA Today called Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill one of the top 10 arts districts in the USA, and Americans For The Arts called Atlanta #1 City With the most Arts-related Businesses and #2 City With the Most Arts-related Jobs.
Atlanta is one of the few US cities that has professional, permanent, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Alliance Theatre. The Atlanta Ballet, founded in 1929, is the longest continuously performing ballet company in the United States.
The Woodruff Arts Center is home to Symphony Hall and G winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the multiple stages of the highly acclaimed Alliance Theatre. The city also frequently hosts touring Broadway acts, especially at The Fox Theatre, a historic landmark that is among the highest grossing theatres of its size. The Tabernacle has been voted as the best medium-sized venue for musical acts.
As a national center for the arts,Atlanta is home to significant art museums and institutions.
The renowned High Museum of Art is arguably the South’s leading art museum and among the most-visited art museums in the world.
The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), a design museum, is the only such museum in the Southeast.
Contemporary art museums include the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (The Contemporary)
and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA).
One of the oldest museums in Georgia, the Michael C. Carlos Museum dates back to 1876.
Institutions of higher education also contribute to Atlanta’s art scene, with the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus providing the city’s arts community with a steady stream of curators, and
Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, containing the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast.
Atlanta’s many other institutions of higher learning have art museums, such as Clark Atlanta University, Oglethorpe University and Kennesaw State University.
Two of Atlanta’s favorites and always worth a revisit are the Atlanta Botanical Garden, in Midtown,