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Mayor Kasim Reed Announced the Opening of 3 Cultural Centers and AfterSchool Programs

Atlanta, GA--  Mayor Kasim Reed recently kicked off the reopening of the city’s closed three cultural centers.  Joined by Atlanta City Council members, Department of Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury and others, Mayor Reed shared his vision in transforming all 33 of the city’s recreation centers into “Centers of Hope.”“Today’s announcement is an important step as we move towards my goal of transforming the city’s recreation centers to Centers of Hope.  These new cultural arts centers will benefit countless residents of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “With the opening of this facility, we are providing new opportunities, fulfilling a promise and ensuring our city is better able to provide for the safety, welfare and overall positive development of Atlanta’s youth.”

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs will partner with the arts community to implement the new innovative after school program called “Culture Club: An After School Experience.”  The after school programs will be housed at the three facilities listed below:

  • JD Sims, 544 Angier Avenue, NE, Atlanta, 30308,  Tel. 404-658-6023
  • Gilbert House, 2238 Perkerson Road, SW, Atlanta 30315, Tel. 404-766-9049
  • South Bend, 1955 Compton Drive, Atlanta 30315, Tel. 404-635- 2990

“This new after school program will offer students an opportunity to experience cultural activities that will contribute to their growth and development,” said Office of Cultural Affairs Director Camille Russell Love.   “It is our firm belief that access to cultural experiences greatly contributes to the overall development of students and the delivery of services at these three facilities will be a vital component for the Centers of Hope.”

Registration is open for the “Culture Club: An After School Experience” and the cultural enrichment classes at the site locations.  The programs are scheduled to start on September 20, 2010 and run through May 20, 2011.   The after school program offers homework and tutoring assistance, and cultural activities from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The fees for the city of Atlanta residents are $65 per week and non-residents are $110 per week.  The cultural enrichment classes for dance, music, theater and visual arts will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for an additional fee of $30 per month.

The enrichment classes will be available at the following sites:

South Bend Cultural Center –The Magic of Theater Workshop with Freddie Hendricks

Visual Arts with Mary Pratt and Kojo Griffin “An extension of Atlanta Mural Initiative” 


JD Sims - Dance Instruction by Dance Canvas

Theater training with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company


The Gilbert House – Atlanta Music Project (youth orchestra and choir instruction)


The Coca-Cola Company will be a major contributor for delivering the musical component of these centers through the Atlanta Music Project.  The Atlanta Music Project will offer youth orchestra and choir instruction inspired by El Sistema, an international music education program.

The Mayor was joined by several speakers, including City Council members Carla Smith and Joyce Sheperd, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commissioner George Dusenbury, Cultural Affairs Director Camille Love and Atlanta Music Project Executive Director Dantes Rameau.