Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone

Friday, June 9, 2017 — 5:00 pm

Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone
Historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Ticket Information

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Event Description

Originally slated for May 20, Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone was cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be re-staged on June 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Drawing inspiration from the Greek myth of Persephone, fine artist Sanithna Phansavanh’s works explore themes of springtime, rebirth, and the afterlife. His life-size acrylic on canvas paintings will be installed throughout the cemetery, and music and movement collective Flight of Swallows will accompany the visual art with performances during the evening. 


According to mythology Hades, god of the underworld, kidnapped Persephone to be his queen. Once a year – in spring – Persephone was permitted to visit the land of the living, and upon her return flowers bloomed.


A limited number of fine art prints and posters of Phansavanh’s “Bloom” will be available for purchase. Fine art prints are giclee on 80 lb. matte paper, using archival inks on archival paper. Attendees who purchase a fine art print receive 20% off framing at Artifacts Art FramingDiscount applies to purchases made at Persephone only, (with proof of purchase). 


All proceeds from Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground and most tangible link to the past.


Outside food and drink will not be permitted during Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone. We encourage attendees to make an evening of it in the Grant Park neighborhood. Select restaurants near Oakland Cemetery have special offers* for Persephone ticketholders, including:


Pick up the gift card of your choosing at Oakland Cemetery's main gates on your way into the event, or as you leave. *Limit one per attendee. Available while supplies last. 


While we’d hoped for a dry evening on Saturday, May 20, Mother Nature had other plans and we were forced to reschedule Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone due to inclement weather. Thank you for your patience as we worked throughout to arrange a new date and time for Persephone. 


As a historic site, Oakland Cemetery is not configured for nighttime events, which are a rarity given the high production costs and complexities. While we are unable to re-stage Persephone as it was originally intended, your attendance will help us recoup some of the losses from May 20. Arts at Oakland was created to both support Historic Oakland Foundation and the participating artists who lend their time and talent to Oakland Cemetery.


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