For over 20 years, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport has been the busiest in the U.S., welcoming millions of travelers. As we recover from COVID-19, we’re thrilled to once again be one of the main international traveling hubs. To inspire your next trip, Discover Atlanta is one of 30 partners launching a new online destination at Google Arts & Culture. The site is dedicated to all the city has to offer, from civil rights history to our metropolis of food, our modern-day rap scene, and much more. Check out these 7 things to get started:
1. Dive into the history
Experience Atlanta’s rich history of the civil rights movement with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s story of movement leaders and see an exhibiton John Lewis with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Meet Georgians who fought for human rights, like Rosalynn Carter’s advocacy for women’s rights with Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and Jewish pilot Evelyn Greenblatt Howren with the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.
2. Meet the artists
MINT will introduce you to up-and-coming artists like Caleb Jamel Brown, Atlanta Contemporary shines the spotlight on outsider artists like Charles Williams, and High Museum of Art points you toward the Atlantan artists you’ve got to know. Don’t forget to dive into Fahamu Pecou’s original painting as a tribute to the city.
3. Explore the neighborhoods
Let local radio station WABE take you on a tour through the city’s neighborhoods, discover community murals with Living Walls, and take a breather in Atlanta’s urban oasis with Atlanta Botanical Garden.
4. Discover the museums
The city’s universities hold extraordinary art, with Hale Woodruff linocuts from Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, public art on Clark Atlanta’s campus, and Albrecht Durer prints at Emory’s Carlos Museum.
Step inside Hammonds House Museum to discover Black art and artists ranging from Romare Bearden to Grace Kisa Nu, or venture to Museum of Design Atlanta to see how social justice and design overlap.
5. Get a taste for the food scene
Feel at home in the international restaurant hub of Buford Highway with oral histories from restaurateurs and community figures, shared by Southern Foodways Alliance, and discover how the city’s culinary scene combines global and Southern influences with Discover Atlanta
6. Enjoy performing arts and festivals
Let Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serenade you with their outdoor concert series, catch a pre-Broadway show at Alliance Theatre, step out in the crowd at the AtlantaBeltLine Lantern Parade with ChooseATL, and stop by one of the oldest free jazz festivals in the country.
7. Learn about rap and hip hop
Most of America’s hip hop, rap, and trap gets it start in Atlanta: go back in time with an iconic record collection thanks to the HipHop2020 Innovation Archive at Georgia Tech, explore paintings of your favorite trap artists from the Trap Music Museum, and listen to experts from Bottom of the Map Podcast dissect the “grind and hustle” of Atlanta’s hip hop.