Sweet Auburn Community Museum

Housed within the REMERGE Community Building Studio, the Museum 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 Madame C.J. Walker, while also contributing to present and future story of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.

The museum offers individuals and groups opportunities to learn from, inspire and strengthen one another through art activations, community programming, and interactive exhibits.

Permanent Collection:

Our museum’s 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 Community Museum. 

Contributing artists include:

  • Vanna Black
  • Kelley Blackman
  • Shanequa Gay
  • Christa David
  • Zipporah Camille Thompson
  • Fabian Williams – Occasional Superstar

Visiting Collection:

Juneteenth Featured Artists

 

Juneteenth collection was unveiled at the Sweet Auburn 2021 Juneteenth Celebration. This event launched the release of the ColorATL Juneteenth coloring book. The pieces on display in the Sweet Auburn Community Museum have been contributed by several of the artists featured in the special edition coloring book. This visiting exhibit is comprised of mixed media art, print photographs, and canvas pieces. 

On display from June 2021 through Dec 2021

Artists-in-Residence

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. In 2021, we extended the residency to a year-long program for two emerging local artists. This year, we are thrilled to provide these artists with a private studio space on Edgewood Avenue as well as workshop and exhibit space at REMERGE’s studio on Auburn Avenue, access to REMERGE’s networks, mentoring from artists and administrators, technical and administrative support, and financial support for required projects. Our Artists-in-Residence for 2021-2022 are Erin Richardson and Mark Anthony Brown Jr. 

Erin Richardson

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.

Mark Anthony Brown Jr.

Mark is a film photographer whose work aims to address social issues and highlight understated Black narratives.

Mark's Website

Interactive Exhibit: Sweet Auburn Timeline

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.

Labyrinth

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.  

The Labyrinth will remain accessible until planned construction is started (Spring 2022).

 

Museum Information

The Sweet Auburn Community Museum is housed within the REMERGE Community Studio at 340 Auburn Avenue.

Admission:

Free to all

Hours:

The museum 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.

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