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:
PRISM: Winter Lights
Presented by ADID and curated by Dashboard, PRISM: Winter Lights has illuminated Woodruff Park with light-based and water-inspired installations in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 winter seasons. Each year has featured a slate of local and national artists enlivening the park with sculptures, projection mapping, and more. See summaries of the exhibits hear to learn more about the artists, artwork, and supporters: PRISM 2019-20, PRISM 2020-21.
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.
In 2019 Woodruff Park launched ArtSwap ATL, a pilot public art installation that features five mailboxes designed by local artists that encouraged 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 were 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 was an outdoor computer lab that offered park patrons free laptop and internet access during fair weather seasons (spring-fall) while the nearby Central Library branch was closed for renovations. The program attracted 2,400+ visitors, averaging 23 users per day. The program was also 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.