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Q: Is there a museum in Atlanta that focuses exclusively on art from Africa and African-Americans?

A: The city’s varied art collection includes two options to see African art up close: Hammonds House Museum and the High Museum of Art. Hammonds House, in a Victorian home in Atlanta’s West End, displays the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds’ extensive art collection, with more than 250 pieces. You also will find a focus on African art at the city’s largest art museum – the High Museum of Art in Midtown. Its more than 700 African art pieces include those from the ancient to contemporary, with more than 450 works from Fred and Rita Richman’s collection. You’ll find works such as sculptures from central and west Africa created between 1850 and 1950, and Yoruba masks, beadwork, ceramic arts, metal work and figurative sculpture. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day indoors and out of the cold.

http://www.ajc.com/news/actual-factual-georgia-826647.html

Community Update..

Space ATL  Restaurant, along the Beltline (White St/Hopkins) in Historic West End, hosted a fabulous  “soft” opening yesterday!  They are now officially open Lunch- 2AM – Check them out and let’s make our local businesses dynamic!!   This restaurant/lounge is destined to be our neighborhood hangout with such late hours. The Bartender, Nick, *HOT* – has his own signature drinks.  Coming over from the “M” bar, we’re lucky to have him.

This weekend, Cleopas R Johnson Park(near the Villages at Castleberry, corner of Northside Drive and Fair Street across from Paschals) will host a neighborhood Jazz festival. www.Atlantafestivals.com  the event is free- food is not!

Friday night Art& Jazz at the Hammonds House May 22nd 6-8PM. Featuring Historic West End’s own, Linc Bennett!! www.HammondsHouse.org

Brent Brewer to show his documentary on Mortgage Fraud (When A House Is Not a Home) at Georgia State UniversityWednesday, May 20th from 12 to 1:30PM

More to come….

Willie Watkins Festival in Howell Park (Historic West End)

Malcolm X Festival in West End Park (Historic West End)

Washington Park Event (Booker T. Washington)