Georgia Tech Arts Highlights

Faculty and Staff Honors

At an award ceremony held on April 29, 2022, the Georgia Tech Arts team received the One Giant Leap Staff Award for the Skyline Series.

The nominators noted: At the height of the pandemic, staff members from the Office of the Arts recognized the need for safe, viable venue options for campus performing arts programs. Through their creative collaboration, the Skyline Series was born, creating an accessible outdoor venue equipped with a professional-level stage and outdoor “pod” seating atop a central, scenic parking lot.


Photo - The team accepting their award at the Academy of Medicine, left-right after Skye Duckett, associate vice president and chief human resources officer: Joe Davis, Paul Cottongim, Dorcas Ford-Jones, Rachel Haage, Holley Mitchell, Twanesia Rucker, Elizabeth Geiger, Ben Dostal, and Aaron Shackelford.

Arts Plaza Pop-Up

The Arts Plaza in front of the Ferst Center for the Arts was filled with creativity in April 2022, during the first-ever Arts Plaza Pop-Up. Georgia Tech Arts partnered with professional artists as well as student groups and campus departments to create multiple opportunities for creativity of all kinds. Students, faculty, and staff dropped by to sit and enjoy the lights and sights, paint a mural, dance at the silent disco, crochet flowers, and so much more!

Photo - Installations from the 2022 Arts Plaza Pop-Up, clockwise from top: Infrastructural Membranes, yarnbombing, and ARTlanta mural.

ACCelerate Festival of Creativity and Innovation

Georgia Tech has a proud history of being invited to participate in the ACCelerate Festival, a celebration of creative exploration and innovative research happening at the intersection of science, engineering, arts, and design. This year, ACCelerate featured 26 projects from 12 universities and colleges across the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Georgia Tech Arts sent two teams to the 2022 ACCelerate Festival and is honored to announce that the People’s Choice Award for Advancing Public Knowledge went to the Georgia Tech team, Walking in the Footsteps of History.

Georgia Tech Arts 2021-2022 Performances and Installations

Artists working in a range of disciplines, media, and environments were engaged by Georgia Tech Arts during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Their work was thought-provoking and adventurous, all brought to life through exquisite artistry.

Traveling While Black

August 13 - November 15, 2021

In this 20-minute, 360-degree virtual reality experience by award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, participants experienced sitting with African American visitors at the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. as they shared a moment of honest discussion, reflecting on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre:  InterActions | Boundaries of Sensory Experience

October 1, 2021

New York City-based choreographer, dancer, and director Troy Schumacher and Atlanta-based Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre director, John Welker, in collaboration with leading scientists from Georgia Tech and Emory University, invited the audience to step into the creative process and hear how their innovative choreography explores ideas at the forefront of mechanical interventions into the human body and mind.


October 23, 2021

A composer and musician, Kaki King is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, known both for her technical mastery and for her constant quest to push the boundaries of the instrument. With DATA NOT FOUND, she innovated technologically with cutting-edge audio- responsive software and hardware to ask profoundly human questions about creating meaning in our complex world.

Gabriel Kahane: Magnificent Bird

April 4, 2022

Gabriel Kahane is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who works at the blurred edges of journalism, ethnography, storytelling, and music. Magnificent Bird is his chronicle, in story and song, of the final month of an entire year off the internet. In this intensely personal show, he explored quiet, domestic concerns of marriage, fatherhood, and loss, against the backdrop of a nation and planet in existential crisis.

Community Conversation: Impact, Arts, & Technology

Georgia Tech Arts and The Atlanta Opera collaborated to bring together visual and performing artists to examine the role, and impact, of technology in the world of art-making. The lively discussion was moderated by the director of Georgia Tech Arts, Aaron Shackelford, and included Atlanta-based filmmaker Felipe Barral, Georgia Tech assistant professor, Digital Media, Noura Howell, and visiting composer and singer-songwriter, Gabriel Kahane.

Campaign to Connect

In early 2022, Georgia Tech Arts created the Campaign to Connect to bring the campus community (students, staff, and faculty) into conversation about the work created by our spring 2022 artists-in-residence, and at the same time uplift our spirit and well-being.  A Note from Me to You was our first-ever full-circle, campus-wide letter-writing campaign, for which we partnered with student groups, resource organizations, and our visiting performing artists to spread kind words of affirmation.

Home page photo of Kaki King in DATA NOT FOUND courtesy Georgia Tech.

All other photo credits Georgia Tech unless noted: Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and Community Conversation by Felipe Barral; Gabriel Kahane by Jason Quigley; Kaki King by Waleed Shah