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Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics

Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

The 1996 Summer Olympics marked the 100th anniversary of the modern games and the first Olympics in the Southeast U.S. The event brought the eyes of the world onto Atlanta, ushering in a series of long-lasting changes to the city. Twenty years later, WABE looks back at the impact of the Olympic Games on Atlanta.

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Like the interlocking Olympic Rings, WABE is partnered with ArtsATL for a look back at the 1996 Cultural Olympiad, which brought Atlanta to the world as the world’s eyes were on Atlanta.

Join us for City Lights, weekdays at 11 a.m., as we speak with the pillars of Atlanta’s arts community responsible for highlighting the culture of the Southeast.

Photos of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia taken on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech; brennabeech17@att.net)
Brenna Beech / WABE

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here

Gabbie Watts / WABE

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.   

Courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.   

Former Atlanta Symphony director and choral giant Robert Shaw was given a daunting task during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

"How could The New Yorker display ignorance? Not only was that depiction of Atlanta insulting, it was entirely wrong. Was the editorial staff unaware that Atlanta was urban, not rural?"

Lois Reitzes reflects on the controversial cover of The New Yorker released on July 22, 1996 and the cultural misconceptions of the South that continue to haunt us at ArtsATL.

Brian Hainer

This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.  

Composer Michael Torke has had a robust musical career, and one of his pieces was included in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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