Spotlight: Recent Programs
In addition to being used as a dynamic outdoor event venue by external organizers, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District produce numerous events and programs in Woodruff Park throughout the year, many of them through unique community partnerships with arts organizations, fellow nonprofits, and city/county entities.
Here are a few we've produced and/or supported in recent years:
In 2019 Woodruff Park launched ArtSwap ATL, a public art installation that features five mailboxes designed by local artists that encourage park visitors to "take art and leave art." The program was imagined by local high school students, inspired by Atlanta's "Free Art Friday" movement, and implemented with the support of Spark Corps, ADID, and Southwest Airlines. The mailboxes designed by local artists -- Donna Howells (@70dot), Rory Hawkins (@cat_lanta), Ayanna Smith (@art.by.ayanna), Kandus Johnson (@kandusjohnson), and Evil Twin Brother (@eviltwinbrother). Learn more about the program here.
Library on the Lawn
Hosted by the Fulton County Library System, Library on the Lawn is an outdoor computer lab that offers park patrons free laptop and internet access during fair weather seasons (spring-fall) while the nearby Central Library branch is closed for renovations. To date, this program has attracted 2,400+ visitors, averaging 23 users per day. The program was awarded a 2019 Power of Libraries Award from SirsiDynix. Learn more about Library on the Lawn by watching this video or listening to this WABE story.
PRISM: Winter Lights
Presented by ADID and curated by Dashboard, PRISM: Winter Lights illuminated Woodruff Park with light-based installations from December 2019 to February 2020. PRISM's 10 installations were created by Megan Mosholder, Sara Santamaria, David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez, Jason Peters, Bradley Bowers, Gavin Bernard, Dana Haugaard, Alicia Renee Ball, and Sara Jimenez. Complimentary artwork by ZooasZoo and Sebastian Monroy was displayed on nearby Arts & Entertainment Atlanta digital signs at Peachtree Center and 101 Marietta. PRISM: Winter Lights was made possible with support from Delta Air Lines, NCR, City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, and tvsdesign. Learn more about the exhibit here.
Caroling in the Park
Since 2017, Woodruff Park has partnered with the Georgia State University Choral Union and Atlanta Homeward Choir to host a free caroling event to ring in the holiday season and celebrate connection and compassion. Attendees can enjoy a joint performance of the two choirs, a free hot chocolate bar, a photo booth, and a visit from Santa! See photos of the 2019 event here.