Atlanta Contemporary presents Movement Love, a yoga series presented by Maggie Benoit and a collaborating artist. This special installment of Movement Love is in partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival! This annual science festival celebrates local science and technology every March, featuring more than 100 events throughout metro Atlanta and reaching 50,000 children and adults annually. 

Our guest artist for February is Alice Kim.

Admission is $10

All money received will go to each collaborating artist. Visitors can purchase tickets on the day of the event at the Welcome Desk. Supporters receive $2 off admission with valid member ID.

How many people are really stressed out and want to feel a sense of calm?

Often, under stress, we find ways to distract ourselves – ways that may not be bad – but often are passive. Watching tv, for instance, can take our minds off things, but doesn’t ask anything of us – no need to be present, no need to show up, no need to act or “be involved.” How many times do we miss the idea that the right kind of movement will help us calibrate and reset?

Movement – meaning active engagement, appropriate activity, not over exertion, but being present in the state of one’s body and aware of oneself. This state of being can cause the right neurological triggers to calmness, to a state of peace. The circumstance hasn’t changed, but perception has.

Emotions influence our bodies. Thoughts register neurological connections in our brains. Memories inform our actions and our movements. It’s all an interactive dance of experience, perception, decision and happenstance; a push and pull dialogue during any moment in time.

Join us this March at Atlanta Contemporary for an opportunity to expand that dialogue at Movement Love – a yoga series. Each class, featuring a different mixed-media artist, is an interactive experience for participants.

Created by Maggie Benoit, Movement Love introduces movement programming alongside collaborating audio and visual artists. Installations and interactive media define curated classes that blend movement with varied artistic mediums. For participants, Movement Love is an invitation to experience a window into an artist’s creative process while also building awareness of one’s own experience; a place for learning and healing. For artists, Movement Love is an opportunity for experimentation, a platform for doing field research, a feedback-loop defined by participant involvement; a way to expand their artistic practice into something “shared.”

This surprising blend of usually unrelated fields plays with the concept that yoga doesn’t just have to be about “zen” – it’s about connecting with one’s mind and body; connecting with pain, happiness, peace or lack thereof. It’s about discovering the surprising compatibility of things and the liberation that results in both body and mind when we give ourselves permission to engage with our own mental health.

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Maggie Benoit

Maggie Benoit’s objective is to produce enriching experiences that bolster the arts alongside entrepreneurial efforts in Atlanta. Her focus is to strengthen a community driven network, a conversation, a connection to resources and a place for beings to express constructively. This way the individual and community grow by staying curious, asking questions, creating solutions, as well as learning constructs of both personal and social space. The question arises, “how does one define the ability to connect the intimately personal to another tangibly?” Such an expression means finding love for self, love for another, love for something that holds meaning. Sharing said experience defines a landscape of varied media through intentional integration of work and life.

Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival is engineered by Science ATL, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science. Founded in 2014 by Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Metro Atlanta Chamber, the organization produces the Atlanta Science Festival, The Science Scene public events calendar, the Chief Science Officers leadership program for middle and high school students, a science communication fellowship, and additional public science events and learning opportunities throughout the year, such as the 5K Race Through Space. Learn more about us at ScienceATL.org


Upcoming Events

February 28 / 6:00pm
Off-site

Member Excursion

MINT at the MET

Presented by the Young Professionals
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Join other members of Atlanta Contemporary for a special behind-the-scenes look at MINT’s new exhibitions curated by Makeda Jean Lewis

March 14 / 3:00pm
Workshop

Petri Dish Picassos + Atlanta Science Festival

Presented by Georgia Tech BBUGS
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Come learn about professional artists that use bacteria to make living artwork and learn how to become a petri dish Picasso yourself!

June 9 / 7:00pm
Performance

Bing and Ruth

Presented by EyeSing Productions & Irrelevant Music.
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An intimate evening of music, art and poetry with Bing & Ruth + special guests.

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