Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone F.A.Q.

UPDATE: Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for details on an alternate date – attendees who bought tickets in advance will receive an email regarding ticketing. Thanks!

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What is Arts at Oakland?

Historic Oakland Foundation’s Arts at Oakland event pairs HOF with local artists who interpret Oakland Cemetery’s unique history and natural beauty through art. The event began in 2015 with The Cryptophonic Tour, a sound art installation produced in partnership with ROAMtransmissions. In 2016, Arts at Oakland returned with artist and gardener Cooper Sanchez producing Illumine: An Evening of Art & Light in the Gardens.

Now in its third year, Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

What is Persephone about?

For one night only, visitors to historic Oakland Cemetery will find the Victorian gardens at the height of springtime bloom and accentuated with installations from artist Sanithna Phansavanh. Phansavanh’s life-size acrylic on canvas works reflect themes of spring and rebirth, utilizing a vibrant palette of pinks, blues, purples, and yellows that contrast with Oakland’s natural hues.

Music and movement collective Flight of Swallows accompany Phansavanh’s installations with aerial, dance, and musical performances at North Public Grounds. Flight of Swallows will perform at North Public Grounds every 30 minutes, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Is Persephone a guided walking tour?

No, unlike Oakland Cemetery’s tours, Persephone is a self-guided experience in the gardens. The art is centralized in Oakland’s Original Six Acres, North Public Grounds, and Bell Tower Ridge.

Click here to download a route map for Persephone

The route will be illuminated, and visitors are asked to please stay within the designated route.

Who benefits from Persephone?

Proceeds from Arts at Oakland benefit the participating artists and Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.

Who are the participating artists?

Flight of Swallows. (photo courtesy Flight of Swallows / Rob Skipworth)

Flight of Swallows. (photo courtesy Flight of Swallows / Rob Skipworth)

Sanithna Phansavanh is a fine artist working and living in Atlanta, with a focus on examining the human condition, particularly the dynamic between creation, existence, and permanence. His work, ranging from small, intimate drawings to large-scale, public murals, has exhibited nationally and internationally, with notable showings at the High Museum of Art, on the Atlanta Beltline, and through the City of Atlanta’s Public Art programs.

Flight of Swallows was established in 2010 when co-founders Deisha Oliver-Millar and Sadie Hawkins began to explore collaborative improvisation: music and movement working together. Since then, they have invited an ever-evolving group of musicians and physical performance artists to join in creating moody, magical one-time-only experiences in venues ranging from traditional theaters, to galleries, to non-traditional public art spaces. Flight of Swallows has performed at 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta Contemporary, Art on the BeltLine, and Atlanta Fringe Festival.

How much are tickets?

Capacity is limited and advance ticketing is strongly recommended. Advance tickets are available at FreshTix.com.

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Event pricing is as follows:

Advance General Admission: $18 + fees ($21.49)

Advance General Admission + limited edition Persephone tee + fees: $32.49

  • Limited edition screen print T-shirt featuring original artwork by Sanithna Phansavanh on a slim fit, lightweight and super soft 100% cotton heathered yellow. 

T-shirts ordered after May 15 available for pickup only at Oakland Cemetery’s Visitors Center & Museum Shop during regular hours, beginning May 29. Museum Shop is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-Th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays

Patron Pass: $79.74

  • Includes: general admission ticket, limited edition Persephone tee, and access to Patron Pass area which includes access to an open bar with soft drinks and selections from Eventide Brewing, Orpheus Brewing, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and an exclusive cocktail from Old 4th Distillery and 21 Bitters. Complimentary fare from Good Food Truck.

Patron Pass orders received after May 15 require T-shirt pickup at Oakland Cemetery’s Visitors Center & Museum Shop during regular hours, beginning May 29. Museum Shop is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-Th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays.

Limited edition Persephone tee: $15 + fees: $16.74

  • Limited edition screen print T-shirt featuring original artwork by Sanithna Phansavanh on a slim fit, lightweight and super soft 100% cotton heathered yellow.

T-shirts ordered after May 15 available for pickup only at Oakland Cemetery’s Visitors Center & Museum Shop during regular hours, beginning May 29. Museum Shop is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-Th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays.

Gate Pricing:
General Admission: $25
Patron Pass: $80
Persephone T-shirt: $16.99 (plus tax)

Persephone tees are included in the Patron Pass and limited quantities are available for purchase.

Persephone tees are included in the Patron Pass and limited quantities are available for purchase.

How do I get to Oakland Cemetery, and where should I park?

Click here for directions to Oakland Cemetery. We strongly encourage attendees to utilize MARTA, rideshare service, walking, or cycling to get to Oakland.

Public parking is available at the Grady Health Systems Lot, located on Grant Street behind the King Memorial MARTA Station. Parking in the Grady lot is $5 (cash only). Be sure to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables from sight, as Historic Oakland Foundation and Oakland Cemetery is not liable for theft or damage.

The small parking lot in front of Oakland Cemetery’s main gate is complimentary for Persephone artists, staff, volunteers, and Patron Pass holders.

Is Oakland Cemetery closed on May 20?

Oakland Cemetery will be open to the public as usual until 5 p.m. The “Sights, Symbols & Stories” guided overview tour will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only, and no special topic tour will be offered on Saturday, May 20. During Persephone, the park will be closed to non-ticketholders.

The Memorial Drive pedestrian gate will be closed at 3 p.m., so visitors must enter and exit Oakland Cemetery at the main gate on Oakland Avenue. Due to food truck load-in and event setup, non-authorized vehicles will be prohibited from driving into the cemetery after 3 p.m.

Non-ticketed guests must vacate Oakland Cemetery by 5 p.m.

Fine art prints and posters of "Bloom" will be available for purchase.

Fine art prints and posters of “Bloom” will be available for purchase.

I want to purchase the artwork displayed at Persephone. Can I do that?

Yes. All of Sanithna Phansavanh’s installations will be available for purchase. Posters and fine art prints of Phansavanh’s “Bloom” will also be available for purchase:

11×17 poster – $9.99 (plus tax)

Fine art print – $24.99 (plus tax). Giclee on 80 lb. matte paper, using archival inks on archival paper. Attendees purchasing an art print receive 20% off framing at Artifacts Art Framing.

For details on pricing and where to make purchases, click here.

Is it OK to bring my kids to Persephone?

Persephone is a family-friendly event. However, please be advised that children’s ticket pricing is not available for this event.

Is it OK to bring my dog? 

With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted at Persephone. Because this is a nighttime event, and with large crowds expected, please leave your four-legged friend at home.

Can I bring food and drinks to Persephone?  

Outside food and drink will not be permitted during Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone. The event includes food truck options from:
Low-co Motion
Atlanta Burger Truck
Genki Noodles & Sushi
Bean in the Borough
King of Pops

The event offers soft drinks, wine, and beer selections from Eventide Brewing, Orpheus Brewing, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. A specialty cocktail from Old 4th Distillery and 18.21 Bitters will be available in the Patron Pass area and for purchase at the Porte-Cochere Bar.

How long is the event?

Gates for Persephone open at 6 p.m., and the event ends at 10 p.m. Ticket sales end at 9:30 p.m., and all attendees must exit the cemetery by 10:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy the gardens before the lights turn on at dusk, and enjoy the artwork as the sun goes down and into the evening. 

What happens if it rains? 
The forecast for Saturday calls for clear skies. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate rain date will be announced.

Is Persephone cash only?

Cash and credit cards are accepted at the event, but parking the parking lot is cash only. Patron Pass ticketholders can park for free in the Grady Lot or the gravel lot at Oakland’s gates.

Can I photograph the artwork and performances?

Yes, photographers are welcome to enjoy the experience at Persephone.