The Traveling Show Brings Art Alive in the North Georgia Mountains

Performance art can be dramatic, edgy and often very cool, so we are excited about The Traveling Show happening October 16 – 19, 2013.  Two eclectic arts groups, Living Walls and gloATL will be mixing dramatic mural art, dance and music in the mountains in nearby Clayton, Georgia next weekend.  These performing arts collectives, based in Atlanta, have joined talents to produce The Traveling Show, a revolutionary public art tour that will transform six Georgia communities with dance, music and mural art that reflects the unique heart of the community it is produced for. 

The next stop on The Traveling Show tour is in nearby Clayton, Georgia, Rabun County, with activities scheduled throughout the community.  The grand finale, a choreographed public performance of gloATL combined with the mural art production of Living Walls will end in an interpretation of the Appalachian soul of the North Georgia Mountains. This mural reveal + street performance will take place at 7:00 PM on Hiawassee Street in downtown Clayton.

Well known for their public performances in communities across the country, Atlanta based glo + Living Walls were the recipients of a grant for performing arts awarded by the Robert Raushenberg Foundation. The Foundation grants were awarded to several outstanding cultural arts organizations across the country and are highlighted through this effort to “focus and support great work across the United States.”

gloATL is the collaborative effort of part choreography and part interactive art installations, such as the mural depicting an aspect of life in the Appalachian mountains and is the creation of Atlanta artist Lori Stallings. Glo comes from the Dutch language, meaning of glow, “a group of people who congregate to witness a unique event.” The goal of glo is to create a unique interactive art experience between performers and the public, created in spaces outside traditional stages. In this case, that non-traditional stage will be the entrance to downtown Clayton, just off of Hwy 441 North.

From October 16-19, Clayton, located about 35 miles from Sautee Nacoochee, will host The Traveling Show at an array of venues open to the public. There is no cost for any of the events associated with this living art experience.  At 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 17, 2013 Living Walls will give a talk on mural art making, followed by a public intervention, live performance by glo.   At 6:00 PM the public is invited to a town forum at Reeves Home Furnishings on Main St. entitled, “Imagining Rabun County + Special Places, presented by glo + Living Walls + Hambidge Center. The evening will end with a community potluck dinner held at Grapes and Beans, 42 East Savannah Street., Clayton.

Friday, October 18, the collaborative continues with Tactical Urbanism beginning at 1:00 PM on the exterior wall of Dickerson Hardware, 87 North Main St. The finale of the collaborative project is scheduled for 7:00 PM with glo + Living Walls in the Traveling Show Mural Reveal and Street Performance on Hiawassee Street, Clayton.

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