Clark Atlanta University partners with Google Arts and Culture
06/08/2021Clark Atlanta University partners with Google Arts and Culture to Explore Atlanta culture in a new interactive online project
ATLANTA (June 8, 2021) - Today Google announced its partnership with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and 29 other world-class Atlanta institutions to bring the city’s culture –past and present –online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at g.co/exploreatlanta.
For the first time, everyone everywhere can engage with these organizations—including Clark Atlanta University—across the city in one digital location and discover its unique culture. As travel and tourism opens, Google Arts & Culture hopes Atlantans will be reminded just how much their city has to offer and that visitors will be encouraged to discover the city for themselves. Clark Atlanta University, which sits in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is a major part of the city of Atlanta’s history and culture.
“Clark Atlanta University has a long-standing history of enhancing, enriching and shaping the culture of Atlanta, from fine arts and performing arts, to key sociopolitical moments, such as the Atlanta Student Movement,” said George T. French Jr., Ph.D., president of Clark Atlanta University. “We are proud to partner with Google Arts and Culture Atlanta to share Clark Atlanta’s important contributions and stories with art lovers, aspiring students and historians around the world.”
Clark Atlanta University contributes archival materials from parent institutions, Atlanta University (est. 1865) and Clark College (formerly Clark University, est. 1869), reflecting more than 150 years of historic contributions to the Atlanta arts community and beyond. Highlights include public art works installed on campus that were commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games, the Art of the Negro mural series by artist and Atlanta University faculty member, Hale Woodruff; and rare West African sculptures from the private collection of CAU Trustee Emeritus Carl Ware CC’65 and Mary Ware CC'71.
Exhibitions: Online visitors can discover interactive stories about the cultural and artistic legacy of Clark Atlanta University and explore its historic and iconic campus at the heart of the Atlanta University Center.
Atlanta is the first city in the American deep south and fourth in the U.S. to be featured in Google Arts & Culture’s global initiative to capture and share the unique culture of cities. Along with Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, Atlanta joins European cultural hubs on the platform including Milan and Naples, Italy, Lyon, France, and Hamburg, Germany.
“We are thrilled to showcase Atlanta’s rich culture and historic art scene for everyone to explore and enjoy online at Google Arts & Culture,” said Hetal Joshi Gordon, Director, Global Client Lead and Site Lead for Google’s Atlanta Office. “From the city’s historic museums to global cuisine and innovative spirit, Atlanta is unique and joyful. We want to give a special thanks to our 30 local partners, without their support the world would not be able to experience this vibrant and charming city.”
The new Atlanta page brings more than 130+ stories, 4,800+ artworks and artifacts, and 30 partners spotlighting the city’s murals and neighborhoods, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, rap music and classical orchestra, local figures who made national history, fine arts, food, and more.
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About Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2.000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. If Google’s mission is to make the world’s information more accessible, then Arts & Culture's mission is to make the world's culture accessible to anyone, anywhere. It’s your doorway to explore art, history, and wonders of the world. Discover stories about cultural heritage ranging from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings, Puerto Rico’s heritage, Sports in Australia or the women's right movement to ancient Maya temples, Japanese Food and Indian Railways.
About Clark Atlanta University
Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University continues a more than 150-year legacy rooted in African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement. CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world.
Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing "The Black National Anthem"; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; ValeishaButterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy.
To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.