Project Description

The Traveling Show

public art tour of Georgia

The Traveling Show is a series of community driven, artist led initiatives made in collaboration with local government, businesses, schools and artists seeking to elevate the cultural, spiritual and historic assets of rural Georgia. Since its Fall 2013 launch, we have created social art with 17 towns through 51 public initiatives for a population of 37,000.

Beginning November 5, 2017, The Traveling Show will activate Walker County, and all five boroughs of Chickamauga, Rock Springs, Look Out Mountain, Lafayette and Rossville. For the opening Ceremony, glo will reveal “pastoral,” a social sculpture in research phase, performed by eight moving artists, a herd of longhorn cattle, and live chamber music, at saultopaul Farms. Music is by composer Michael Kurth. During the week, glo will offer in-school initiatives in all Walker County elementary schools. Highlighted by glo’s own creative process of contemplating, collaborating, drafting, making and persisting, initiatives include Movement Choirs, nature wand making, percussion music workshops with Symphony partners, and MAPPING. In the town of Rossville, named after Cherokee Indian Chief John Ross, we will deploy our FARMING initiative to construct Rossville’s first community garden. alongside the John Ross house.

Most recently, glo debuted a new Movement Choir for the Grand Opening of Pasaquan, an art environment built by visionary St. EOM. ‘from the roof down’ was a durational work migrating Pasaquan’s 7-acres, and inside and out the compounds main structures and grassy lawns. St. EOM built his vast utopia of buildings and paintings, inspired by various cultures, for 30 years. ‘from the roof down’ is part of a 2-year art environment initiative to preserve the legend of St. EOM through the support of hybrid art, education initiatives, and a grand re-opening of the space.  The installation deepens glo’s particular body of works made with specificity and personality of place, where time is left to happen.

Pastoral and Walker County is generously supported by the Carl Cofer Family. ‘from the roof down is a commission of Georgia Department of Economic Development, Columbus State University, and Pasaquan Preservation Society. The Traveling Show is supported by a SEED Grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The project is supported by major funding from Georgia Council for the Arts in collaboration with National Endowment for the Arts, and Georgia’s Economic Development Department. The Traveling Show is supported with an Artists’ Residency at The Goat Farm Arts Center. The project is supported by AIR Serenbe.

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Lauri Stallings: conceptual artist and choreographer | Virginia Coleman, Christina Kelly, Mandi Mpezo, Mary Jane Pennington, phaemonae, Cailan Orn, Amanda Sieradzki, Mechelle Tunstall: moving artists  | Maggie Dinkins: fashion |

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Fall 2017: Walker County November 5-11.
 All programming is free and public.
Opening September 23, 2013 – ongoing
Pasaquan, Dalton, Athens, Gainesville, Rabun County, Gainesville, Monroe, Kingsland, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden + Summerville, Tunnel Hill, Meriwether county, Griffin