A citywide year-long series of events highlighting Atlanta as a nexus for reinventing the cultural and economic bonds among Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Modeled on the highly successful France-Atlanta Initiative, Africa Atlanta 2014 has been organized by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta. Designed as a robust cross-cultural interdisciplinary collaboration of multiple stakeholders across the City of Atlanta, events throughout the metropolitan area are anchored by a remarkable art exhibition, KONGO across the WATERS. It is co-curated by the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida who draw from both RMCA collections and collections in the United States. This touring exhibit opens at the University of Florida in the Fall of 2013, arrives in Atlanta in Summer 2014, and then travels to the Princeton University Art Museum and to the Museum of Art in New Orleans. The Atlanta opening is a collaboration between the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Before, during, and after the anchor exhibition, an exciting range of complementary events organized by partners across the city and the region offer a variety of activities related to the African/European/American experience, highlighting the arts and humanities; science and technology; enterprise and innovation; education and public engagement.
Jacqueline Jones Royster
Ivan Allen Jr. Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology and Dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Georgia Institute of Technology