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On Thursday, November 17, NEXT, MARTA and the High Museum of Art will present the groundbreaking work of visual artist Melissa A. Mitchell, Atlanta’s own poet griot, Jon Goode; nationally-renowned musician CC Sunchild, Atlanta’s premier cellist Okorie ‘OkCello’ Johnson, and award-winning HBO Def Jam poet Carlos Andres Gomez, as part of an interactive artist salon to amplify Atlanta’s rising art stars!

It’s all part of “The NEXT Movement” – a multi-platform arts initiative led by local arts collective, NEXT Atlanta –and MARTA Artbound. NEXT and MARTA have commissioned each of these five Atlanta-based artists to create artwork – across genres — that speak directly to this current moment and to the answer the question: “Where do we go…next?”

On Thursday, November 17, each artist will perform their original work, for the first time, live at the High Museum of Art. The event will also feature the premier of the NEXT Movement film series – showcasing each artist’s performance of their commissioned piece on a decommissioned MARTA train.  

The interactive salon will also feature a who’s who of Atlanta’s leading artists and activists and will include real-time collaboration between the artists and everyone in the audience in an evening of high-level connecting, candid conversation and soul-baring performances. 

Join us for this exclusive gathering on Thursday, November 17, from 6-10 p.m. at the High Museum of Art. Wine and refreshments will be served. Attendance is free, but seating is limited, so save the date today! The NEXT Movement is presented by NEXT Atlanta in partnership with MARTA Artbound and curated by P. Faith Carmichael.