The connection between art and economic development goes way beyond speculation; you can look it up. In fact, a Creative Vitality Index (CVI) has been developed that establishes that relationship in both correlation and regression analyses. This is particularly true in Atlanta, and you can see the impact of art increase here as time goes on.
Born as a crossroads, Atlanta was always in a good position for creativity. Where ideas converge, invention and enterprise flourish. It’s not just a gathering process; people exposed deeply to different ideas actually perform more creatively. The combination of divergent thinking and convergent thinking that occurs here is tailor-made for innovation and progress. The impact on Midtown real estate, and particularly on the lofts for sale in Atlantic Station, is real.
How Atlanta Leads
Listed in several top-10 lists of America’s best arts communities, Atlanta is respected for the variety and quality of performing arts here, whether theatre, comedy, or dance. We are rich, too, in the visual arts, from classic to edgy, from the High Museum of Art – itself a masterpiece of modern design – to the raffish Krog Street Tunnel, connecting the Cabbagetown Historic District to Inman Park. It was a signature Atlanta move that when we hosted the Super Bowl in 2019, we included 30 massive murals by 10 local and regional artists among our preparations.
Art is what might be called a “source industry.” Art is a breeding ground of ideas and passions and skills that can both drive and serve the inevitable changes that come with progress. This speaks in favor of the scalability and the long legs of Atlanta’s growth in value. Not only is our city based on the strength of a wide range of industries, but we also count among them an industry that helps them work together and evolve.
A Love Note to Atlanta
Atlantic Station is becoming home to the first public studio of Tiny Doors ATL, an astounding and insightful project of artist Karen Anderson Singer. Karen chose the walls of the Krog Street Tunnel for the first installation of a door too small for people, yet just the right size for the imagination. Visiting the site some time later she found that someone had positioned tiny toy cats, waiting at that door, as if to welcome someone very interesting. That kind of involvement was proof of the very connection Karen had in mind. The combination of mystery and welcome her tiny doors represent has proven irresistible.
Since then Tiny Doors have cropped up all over town, each one reflecting the look and feel of that particular neighborhood, and each one inviting neighbors to make of it what they will. The sheer innovation landed Karen on CBS Sunday Morning, for an in-depth profile from Mark Strassmann. The Tiny Doors Instagram account has grown to 90,000 followers.
Thanks to Tiny Doors ATL, in Atlantic Station, folks no longer have to ramble and search to experience this art phenomenon. Karen promises studio visitors a free, informative, and immersive experience at the studio.
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