Creative Economy: Music, Art, Film, Video Game Development
Athens has long been a creative community. While all the arts, especially music, contribute a lot to the local economy, artists, fans and patrons here contribute at many levels for their love of creativity and personal expression. For the many creatives that call Athens home as well as those just visiting (for now…), this town does have something special that makes a difference for those aspiring to innovatively create.
Whether building, strumming, painting or humming along, however you look to express or appreciate creativeness, there is much inspiration to be found in Athens.
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General Time is a 35 acre mixed-use development that is becoming the new social and commercial hub for Athens, Georgia. The project features the adaptive re-use of the former General Time/Westclox clock factory, originally constructed in the 1950’s and will introduce approximately 250,000 square feet of new restaurants, retail, loft-offices and warehouses.
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Occupation Snapshot – Creative Economy – Clarke County, GA – 2021 Q1
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What started as an in-home recording studio in Mississippi is now a major audio recording school, giving students in Athens preparation in all areas of sound engineering.
In anticipation of film and television industry demand for its 200,000 square feet of purpose-built production space, Athena Studios has announced the purchase of an additional 65 acres of land adjacent to the original 45-acre site currently under construction at 900 Athena Dr.
The expansion will add 350,000 square feet to the already massive facility, which is scheduled to open its initial phase on Mar. 1, 2023 with the ability to host productions of any size. The increased acreage will allow for the construction of backlot space, and will make Athena one of the largest production studios in Georgia.
Anyone who walks through downtown Athens will likely notice the large bronze guitar pick plaques shining up at them from the sidewalk. These plaques bear the names of notable musicians who found their start in the Classic City, of which there are quite a few.
An Athens real estate firm is investing $60 million in a large TV and film studio called Athena Studios that recently broke ground in the city.
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission launched the Athens Music Walk of Fame in September 2020. The project was designed to celebrate the city’s rich musical heritage and promote recovery of Georgia’s Tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tourism really is a public good, that helps communities be vibrant, and be appealing for the residents as well. So, in addition to the restaurants that are able to thrive with visitor spending, there’s also a vibrant art scene that not only attracts visitors but will attract residents to want to live here because it makes it a better place,” said Hannah Smith,...read more
Athens Creatives are invited to join a digital registry aimed at providing them a place to connect with other artists, patrons, and members of the community. The ACC Economic Development Department teamed up with CREATE Athens, a division of Envision Athens, and others to make Athens Creatives Directory a reality.
Uplifting and beautifying artwork will decorate the windows of downtown storefronts beginning this week, as the Athens Banner Project distributes its designs to 120 different businesses.
The new mural “Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy” made its official debut with a ribbon cutting ceremony and live music on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 133 E. Washington St.
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