The Center in April: See All That’s Happened With Us!
by Kelsey Shiflett, Communication Intern
We are now less than 40-days out from our much-anticipated opening celebration. A lot has taken place leading up to this exciting day! April was an eventful month for us. Here’s a brief recap of last month’s excitement:
We have received an increased amount of support and interest from media outlets and community partners who are interested in helping us build awareness around our June opening. In April, we had the honor of being featured in stories by both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and USA Today! Both articles provided us with a platform to tell a local and national audience about our inspirational approach to connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements around the world.
In case you missed the articles, you can view them online. The article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution here and USA Today here!
On April 24th, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 933. Previously, Georgia code provided a state sales and use tax exemption for construction of civil rights museums, defined as a museums owned or operated by a 501(c)(3), for museums over 70,000 square feet. The amended language signed into law by Governor Deal changes the minimum museum size required for the tax credit to museums over 40,000 square feet. As a result, The Center is eligible for the state sales and use tax exemption on construction!
We joined the W Atlanta Downtown to host another inspiring Design and Dialogue event! This time, our Chief Creative Officer, George C. Wolfe, was the featured artist of the discussion and Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director for the Alliance Theatre, participated as the moderator. It was a thrilling evening and we thank everyone that was in attendance! To view photos from the event, click here.
The Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s (ACVB) 101st Annual Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center showcased The Center, alongside the College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Streetcar Project, as a key player in “Breaking New Ground” -- the theme of this year’s gathering. The luncheon allowed us the opportunity to remind our friends in the hospitality industry of what a terrific venue the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be for hosting special events, banquets, conferences, and receptions. A very special thank you to ACVB for supporting The Center and allowing us to be involved in this year's luncheon!
On April 22nd, the Center for Civil and Human Rights also participated in American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters Law Day, 2014 at the State Bar of Georgia on. This year’s program featured several interactive workshops with APS high school students exploring the history of voting rights in the United States. The morning sessions closed with a presentation and conversation with Dr. Doris Derby, an Atlanta-based civil rights activist, artist, and educator. Dr. Derby shared her photographs and fielded questions from the audience. The afternoon and evening sessions, for the general public, offered multiple perspectives on the topic of voting and democracy, a reception and exhibition of Dr. Doris Derby’s photography, and a presentation by the Center’s own Deborah Richardson. It was a great experience and we will be looking forward to Law Day 2015!
This is an exciting time for us, and we look forward to all that's in store for us leading up to the Grand Opening on June 23rd. After seven years of hard work and dedication, we thank you for your continued support of The Center and can’t wait to see each of you on Opening Day!