Walking Art Tour of Downtown Athens: A Project Safe Fundraiser



Join Janet Geddis (the "star" in Team #1 of Dancing With The Athens Stars) and Dr. Leara Rhodes for an eye-opening walking tour of Athens, GA. All funds raised will go to Project Safe by way of DWAS Team #1's (Janet Geddis & Mike Fulford: Dancing With the Athens Stars 2019 Team #1) fundraising efforts. 
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We'll meet at 333 W. Washington St. (the 40 Watt Club parking lot) at 3pm on 3/16/19.

Tickets are $33 a piece and all proceeds go to Project Safe Inc.

When you arrive at 333 W. Washington St. for the tour, please check in with Janet (she's tall with red hair, but she'll also have a nametag on!) so she can check your name off the list. 

Here are some notes on the tour from our intrepid guide, Leara Rhodes:

"The tour begins at the Arch with a brief history of Athens and the University coming together on Broad Street. As we continue through downtown, Athens’ history is seen through the lens of monuments and plaques (Confederate, Moina Michaels, Athena, Bulldogs), art (The Nest, curated art in the Classic Center, Art Decko, Post Office), murals (Max Canada, Last Resort, Little Kings Shuffle Club, The Phoenix and Ciné), the people (Ben Epps, Baldwin, Pink Morton) and a city that cares about art (Birdsong, Lyndon House, W. Washington Parking Deck, Hotel Indigo). The tour will last approximately an hour (if we walk quickly), longer if we pause along the way. Some of the sites that are off our downtown circuit will be pointed out for folks to visit at a more leisurely pace to check out the art (Lyndon House, Hotel Indigo, Phoenix, The Foundry). I also cannot resist pointing out historical landmarks such as old hotels, opera house sites, and various architectures along the route.

I was introduced to art through slides in a high school humanities class in Griffin, Georgia. The first real original art I saw was at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia when I was 18. I saw Renoir’s 'The Boating Party.' I was in awe. The museum had roped off the area in front of the painting so that people could pass in a single line. I had to get in line 22 times to view the art and then the museum closed for the day and I had to go home.

Currently I am an associate professor in the Grady College of Journalism at UGA. I have served on the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, and on the boards of Town and Gown Players (local community theatre) and the Morton Theatre Corporation (the oldest African American operating theatre in the country). I prepared this tour to present to first year students (I have given the tour for the past eight years) as a way to show off downtown, which was more than just restaurants and bars. Downtown, to me, was a place where art described our history and told individual stories about the people and events that have flooded our streets for many years. There are vast parts of our history that has not been told but through various town ordinances, passionate historians, and people like me, maybe more of those stories will be told."