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Hapeville Arts Alliance celebrating two years
by Nneka Okona
November 06, 2012 03:26 PM | 2681 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
Artist Pat Boron and Norton Arts owner David Burt.
Staff / Joe Livingston
Artist Pat Boron and Norton Arts owner David Burt.
Formed in 2010, the Hapeville Arts Alliance is a solitary voice of the fledging arts scene in the city.

David Burt, one of the nonprofit’s founders, said there is one central vision and mission for the alliance.

“The ultimate goal of the organization is to transform Hapeville into one of metro Atlanta’s top destinations for the arts,” he said.

To bolster the organization’s efforts, the Norton Arts Center, at 781 N. Central Avenue in Hapeville, was opened.

The center is a stomping ground for both members of the alliance and lovers of art.

“The [Hapeville Arts Alliance] opened the Norton Arts Center to create a venue for high quality art exhibits and to begin to build a local arts scene,” Burt said. “The facility includes gallery space and a classroom on the first floor.”

On the second floor, there is an incubator space where artists have staked out studio space, said Burt.

In the past, various programs and events have been hosted by the alliance, including “over a dozen art shows,” music lessons offered weekly and an arts camp for kids held this past summer.

Recently, the organization hosted its first Hapeville Art Walk.

The event, held on Nov. 3, featured 10 artists’ work displayed at the Norton Arts Center and two temporary galleries at the Fulton Theater Development.

Hapeville Arts Alliance will also host their holiday party and fundraiser on Dec. 1, also at the Norton Arts Center. This will be the second holiday celebration the organization has hosted.

“This will feature the artwork of Al Green and Woody Cornwell and there will be a silent auction with a lot of great items,” said Burt.

Residents interested in joining the organization can attend any of the nonprofit’s events and sign up for a membership.


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