Society remains intolerant of challenging art. When you can’t install an abstract mural without a dust-up, as happened recently in Inman Park, it’s difficult to envision a really progressive, cutting-edge arts scene that questions cultural values on the necessary global scale.


Instead of challenging the system, we are decorating our failures. “Elevate,” at Underground Atlanta, seemed especially designed for the wrong intent. In this depressed economy, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs identified some money to promote the most seriously depressed real estate in the city, at the heart of downtown. Is the role artists are playing here window dressing for powerful real estate interests? Is this the role for the Office of Cultural Affairs? What truly transformative and urgent works have been part of “Art on the Beltline”? 

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