Susannah Darrow, executive director and co-founder of Atlanta-based arts organization BURNAWAY, is the next guest in the Atlanta Intersections conversation series at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room.
Darrow will be in conversation with series director Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The event is open to the public at no charge.
BURNAWAY is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing critical coverage and dialogue about arts in Atlanta and the Southeast through an online publication, an annual print edition and public programs.
Gue says the focus of the Atlanta Intersections series this fall is on the arts, a reflection of the many arts-related collections among MARBL’s holdings. He cites MARBL’s collections from artists, art galleries, arts organizations, and arts philanthropists, as well as Newsweek Atlanta Bureau records about the devastating plane crash in Orly, France, in June 1962 that killed 106 Atlanta arts lovers and patrons, and the papers of Robert W. Woodruff and others that document efforts to create a memorial arts center (now the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center) in memory of those lost.
“The point of Atlanta Intersections is to bring the city’s past into conversation with its present,” Gue says. “MARBL’s distinctive collections about Atlanta trace the history of the city’s arts community since the 1960s, and BURNAWAY examines and engages with today’s vibrant and diverse arts scene in Atlanta and the Southeast.”
Darrow, a native Atlantan, was chosen by Georgia Trend Magazine this year as one of the top 40 leaders in Georgia under 40 years old. In 2013, she was selected as one of the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 years old by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. A member of the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, Darrow serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and sits on the advisory committee for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She received her BA in art history from the University of Georgia and MA in art history from Georgia State University.
Atlanta Intersections features conversations with creative and dynamic Atlantans about the city’s past, present and future. The interdisciplinary series draws on a variety of participants – activists, artists, authors, historians, musicians, scholars, preservationists and urbanists – to talk about their creative processes, their experiences of the city, and the influence of Atlanta on their work.
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