What: Community Day at The Woodruff
When: Sunday, June 3, 2012 11 – 5 pm
Where: Woodruff Arts Center (includes the High Museum, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Young Audiences) 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, The Woodruff Arts Center and its divisions – the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences – commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragedy at Orly Airport, which was the catalyst for the founding of The Woodruff with a Free Community Day. Activities include:
An instrument petting zoo by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
- Alliance Theatre reading of “Wish You Were Here” – a poem commissioned for this anniversary by the award winning author and playwright, Pearl Cleage – as well as acting workshops (click here to register ) and performances of “Waiting for Balloon.”
- Admission to the High Museum of Art and an art workshop for the whole family. The High will also feature Jean-Pierre Franque’s painting “Allegory on the state of France before the return of the Egyptian Campaign,” on loan from Paris’ Louvre Museum for this anniversary.
- Interactive performances and hands-on activities (storytelling, puppet shows, a community art project, multi-cultural music and much more) by Young Audiences.
- Additionally, Atlanta native Alfred Uhry, the Tony Award, Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize recipient and author of “Driving Miss Daisy,” will participate in a special Q&A during Community Day. His new play “Apples & Oranges,” based on the book by Marie Brenner, will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in October.
What an amazing way to commemorate a tragedy. For those that don’t know about the plane crash at Orly Airport, 130 people died when a plane bound for Atlanta crashed on the runway. On board were 122 Atlanta Art Association patrons on a tour of Europe. For some background, here is a good article from the Reporter Newspapers on the Orly plane crash.
After reading a lot about the event, I can’t help but think those that perished in the crash have been working overtime in the next life to make sure their work continues. The Woodruff Arts Center was conceived as a memorial to the victims. If I ever have a memorial to my life, I want it to be something happy and fun like the Woodruff Arts Center. This accident happened well before I was born so I don’t know any of the victims, but I bet they will be smiling on Community Day as they watch all the families enjoying what they literally gave their lives to start.