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It’s Saturday morning in northwest Atlanta, and I’m standing in a warehouse with a middle school art teacher admiring the aesthetic qualities of a loading pallet.

“You see that pallet?” Cherokee County teacher Catherine Woodruff asks, pointing across the room, “It looks like an art piece all by itself.”

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure … or in this case, another person’s art supplies. This past weekend, a partnership of architects and interior designers held a sort of rummage sale with that intent.

Courtesy of the National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festivals is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating artwork by artists of African descent. And every year, they focus on one discipline. This past fall was theater.

Since it was started by the Fulton County Arts Council in 1988, however, the National Black Arts Festival has transitioned from a yearly three-day festival to a year-round organization. One of their recent initiatives dives into Atlanta’s schools systems.

Oliver Quinlan (cropped) creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode / flickr.com/photos/oliverquinlan/

This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series. For more stories, click here.

Some 2,500 years ago, Plato said that music "is a more potent instrument than any other for education." On "City Lights," two Atlanta educators made a case for music education in 21st century schools.

Courtesy of the DeKalb School of the Arts

This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series. For more stories, click here.

If the quality of a song or painting is largely subjective, how does one know if a public arts high school is “working?”  WABE’s series on what works in Atlanta-area education turns to the DeKalb School of the Arts to try for an objective assessment.

Arts and Academics

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This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series. For more stories, click here.  

This past weekend, students from seven different high schools – Grady, North Atlanta, Brookwood, North Gwinett, Union Grove, North Springs and Riverwood – gathered at the High Museum of Art for Art Throwdown.

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