Public Art

  1. 2021 Athens Music Walk of Fame Inductees

    The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) announces five new inductees for the Athens Music Walk of Fame in downtown Athens, Georgia: Bob Cole, Lo Down & Duddy, Nuçi’s Space/Linda Phillips, of Montreal, and Art Rosenbaum. Read on...
  2. Public Artwork Announced for North Oconee River Greenway

    The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) announces an upcoming public artwork: “Rainbow Forest," by artist Andrew Kovacs to be installed on the North Oconee River Greenway on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy at Ruth Drive in Athens. Read on...
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Athens Music Walk of Fame

Athens is a community known worldwide for its creative and diverse music scene, with a rich musical heritage dating from the nineteenth century.

The Athens Music Walk of Fame is a two-square-block area in downtown Athens bounded by Pulaski Street, West Washington Street, North Lumpkin Street, and West Clayton Street. The walk passes several renowned music venues in western downtown, including the Morton Theatre, the 40 Watt Club, and the Georgia Theatre.

The inductees for the Athens Music Walk of Fame are:

  • 2020
    • The B-52s
    • Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton)
    • Drive-By Truckers
    • The Elephant 6 Recording Company
    • Hall Johnson
    • Neal Pattman
    • Pylon
    • R.E.M.
    • Vic Chesnutt
    • Widespread Panic
  • 2021
    • Bob Cole
    • Low Down & Duddy
    • Nuçi's Space/Linda Phillips
    • of Montreal
    • Art Rosenbaum

Inductees Are selected by a local resident committee appointed by Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz. During the selection process, committee members consider the contribution to the identity of Athens, established career, diverse representation in cultural and racial identity, distinct musical style, and historical context. 

Additional artists will be selected for induction into the Athens Music Walk of Fame in the coming years.

Bronze plaques installed in the sidewalk will honor these performers who have contributed to Athens’ musical legacy. Through a competitive process, a panel of community members selected Allen Sutton, an Athens-based multidisciplinary designer, and his plaque design. 

The plaque design is inspired by both a guitar pick and a location pin to illustrate the link between the medium and the place it was created. The Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department’s Streets and Drainage Division is planning to install all ten of the plaques by early September.

The Athens Music Walk of Fame is funded by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and supported by community partnerships, including the Athens Downtown Development Authority, ACCGov's Transportation and Public Works Streets & Drainage Division, and ACCGov's Leisure Services Department Arts Division. 

For more information, contact the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office at 706-613-3795 or info@accgov.com.

Athens Music Walk of Fame Plaque Installation



Downtown Map of Athens Music Walk of Fame

Art Bus Shelters

A new set of one-of-a-kind artistic bus shelters are being installed throughout Athens-Clarke County as part of SPLOST 2011’s Project #7 for Transit vehicles and bus stops. This is the third round of art bus shelter installations since 2005 coordinated with the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. While 11 shelters were installed in the two prior rounds combined, over 30 will be installed by the time the third round ends in 2020. There are two types of the art shelters in this installation: 12 completely fabricated by the artists and 20 standard-type shelters with artist-designed laser cut panels in place of the standard panels. 

Hot Corner Mural

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