The $5 million, 16,200-square-foot center is at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, 30336, on the grounds of Fulton County Airport’s Charlie Brown Field.
The grand opening, which lasts until 1 p.m., will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities.
Open house June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Family Day June 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Activities include exhibitions, paper airplane making, dance, music, refreshments and facility tours.
The center will focus on the following types of programming:
Aviation: careers in aviation training opportunities, education resources, historical and contemporary flight-related exhibits
Community: a large multipurpose room available for civic meetings, events and activities along with an outdoor plaza and greenspace
Cultural: visual art exhibitions, public art installation, summer camps, visual art, music and dance instruction for children, teens and adults.
Initiated by a community advisory group in 1999, the project was paid for by federal stimulus funds and approved by the board of commissioners in 2010.
The opening was postponed from May 15 to allow time for exterior and interior cosmetic work to be completed, which includes placement of artwork in the galleries.
The artwork includes “A Force Proportional to Their Masses” by Atlanta College of Art alumnus Michael R. Reese, containing the themes of aviation, overcoming gravity to achieve flight as a metaphor for the civil rights movement, inspiring youth to careers in aviation and neighborhood histories of the surrounding areas of Carroll Heights, Collier Heights, Fairburn Heights and Adamsville.
Information: (404) 612-8600 or www.fultonarts.org