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Woodruff Park’s Popular Food Truck Fridays Series Kicks Off June 7
Series Opener Will Feature Launch of ArtSwap ATL
ATLANTA (May 28, 2019) – On June 7, Downtown’s popular Food Truck Fridays series returns to Woodruff Park for the 2nd year. Each Friday in June and July, a lineup of vendors serving some of the city’s best street eats will set up at the park’s Peachtree Street perimeter from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., offering Downtowners a special lunchtime experience.
The Friday festivities will be accompanied by live performances curated by series sponsor WJZA Smooth Jazz 101.1, and café seating with umbrellas will be available throughout the Park.
The lineup of summer vendors includes popular trucks like Yumbii, Deep South Biscuit Co., Babakabab, and Love at Wurst Site.
The June 7 series kickoff event will also feature the launch of a new Woodruff Park effort, ArtSwap ATL, a public art program co-designed by local high school students from Cristo Rey High School, The New School, and Leap Year; social impact agency Spark Corps; and Georgia State University students.
The birth of ArtSwap included various communities around Woodruff Park in a multi-step, problem-solving process; from first working with local high school students through design thinking workshops to then working with Georgia State seniors on their Marketing thesis project. The idea of creating a collaborative, interactive art installation in Woodruff Park in order to attract a younger park audience was created by the younger audience themselves.
Five ArtSwap ATL mailboxes—designed by local artists Donna Howell (@70dot), Rory Hawkins (@catlanta), Kandus Johnson (@kandusjohnson), Ayanna Smith (@art.by.ayanna) of TILA Studios, and Evil Twin Brother (@eviltwinbrother)—will be installed throughout the park, encouraging visitors to “take art and leave art.”
At the June 7 kickoff event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, craft their own art pieces, and take a guided walking tour to visit each of the mailboxes designed by a local independent artist. Additionally, the Fulton County Arts Council and Fulton County Library System will conduct arts workshops, free and open to all.
Support for this unique project was made possible with a Heart of the Community grant from the Southwest Airlines Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, awarded to Woodruff Park in 2018.
Food Truck Fridays and ArtSwap ATL programming are in addition the park’s ongoing Saturday morning yoga classes, monthly history tours, and “Library on the Lawn” pop-up computer lab (hosted by the Fulton County Library System), all free to the public.
Kick Off Event Details:
- Friday, June 7, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Truck Lineup Location: Peachtree Street, adjacent to Woodruff Park, between Poplar and Luckie Streets
- ArtSwap ATL launch to take place at 11:00 a.m. in the café seating area at the corner of Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue
Food Truck Fridays Series Details:
- Fridays in June and July (June 7 – July 26) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.*
- Rotating lineup of food truck vendors announced each week on WoodruffPark.com
* Program cancellation is subject to rain, extreme weather, or Park closures.
For more information about Woodruff Park, including directions and the complete programming calendar, visit www.WoodruffPark.com. Learn more about ArtSwap at AtlantaDowntown.com/ArtSwapATL.
Follow Woodruff Park online at Facebook.com/WoodruffPark and @WoodruffPark on Instagram.
About Woodruff Park: Woodruff Park is a 6-acre park in the geographic center of Atlanta. Located at the crossroads of commerce, government, and education, it is a natural gathering space for a diverse cross-section of Atlantans and visitors. Originally known as Central City Park in the 1970s, Woodruff Park was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. ADID is responsible for the park’s daily upkeep and programming, as well as securing and implementing funding for future development.
About Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District: Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. is a Downtown business association with approximately 250 members. Its mission is to build a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation created by CAP to make Downtown safer, cleaner and more hospitable. Stay connected with us at @DowntownAtlanta.
About Spark Corps: Spark Corps is a design non-profit at the intersection of design and social impact. We believe in providing professional development and mentorship to young designers while also creating high quality design work for non-profits and social impact organization. To do this, we pull on our strengths in visual design, critical thinking and global awareness. This skill set allows us to communicate the needs and missions of our partners while also allowing us to develop designs that provoke thought and inspire change.