REMERGE Arts & Culture explores themes impacting the flourishing of community in the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. It serves to collect and share the story of the neighborhood that produced such influential individuals as Martin Luther King Jr. and John Wesley Dobbs, while also contributing to present and future story of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.
Our permanent collection helps tell the story of the people and culture of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. The collection is comprised of community engagement pieces, in which local artists invited participation from community members in the creative process. Most of the permanent collection has been designed through workshops and art-based community gatherings. This collection remains on display in the REMERGE Community Building Studio.
Contributing artists include:
Since 2018, REMERGE has hosted the Sweet Auburn Art Residency for Atlanta-based visual artists who are passionate about utilizing art to build community in the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Our Artists-in-Residence for 2022-2023 are Erin Richardson and Sierra King
Erin is a mixed-media artist who explored the intersections between her experience as a Black woman in America and her mental wellness journey, and investigates how color theory can aid in healing and invoke emotion.
Sierra is a photographer and archivist focused on documenting, preserving and archiving the work of Black women.
The Sweet Auburn Timeline, unveiled at the Sweet Auburn 2021 Juneteenth Celebration, sets the development of the neighborhood against the background of the growth of the city of Atlanta, starting with the late 1800s. It notes the introduction and growth of landmark institutions and organizations, as well as key social and cultural events. The timeline invites guests to react to this history, to contribute their stories from the neighborhood, and to extend the timeline forward by sharing their hopes and dreams for its future.
The Sweet Auburn Timeline was designed by Sarah Lawrence and developed out of inspiration and insights shared by Royce Babble of Sweet Auburn Stories.
The Sweet Auburn Labyrinth was developed in early 2021 by Matthew Evans and Neka King. The labyrinth stands as a reflection point for visitors and guides them through our colorful neighborhood and eventually in to our building.
On January 16, 2022, we celebrated the labyrinth with guidance from Barrie Carter Gibby, certified advanced labyrinth facilitator, and reflections and thoughts from Matthew Evans and Neka King on what inspires them, what they gleaned from the collaboration, and how they are embracing the temporary nature of this piece.
Our art collection is housed within the REMERGE Community Building Studio at 340 Auburn Avenue.
Admission to view our collection is free but is open by appointment only. Schedule your visit through Calendly below.
Please contact us if you would like to set up a private guided tour of the space for a group of 5 or more.