A former dance studio at Linda Wertheimer’s home in suburban Atlanta became a music museum in March.
It was built by the music community, a move that also included an exhibit about dance history, which will be on display through Sept. 8.
“We built this house and it was a house of music,” said Lisa Daugherty, a curator of the Linda WERTHERTS House of Dance and a former house manager for the Atlanta-based company that built the dance studio.
The building, which is located on the corner of North Capitol and W. North Streets, was built in the 1950s, and it has been open to the public since.
The building is now an art museum, with the exception of the art collection, which contains objects from the studio.
Daugherty said the art is part of the building’s history and that she wanted to highlight the house’s history in a way that people wouldn’t have to leave town and come to this museum.
“When you think of a house, you think about the history and the past,” Daugbery said.
“But what I was really trying to do was show the history of the house itself.”
The house is part one of a series of exhibits that the museum hopes to create over the next five years.
It will include a photo exhibit that will feature the studio’s history, and a film, “The House of the Living,” about the people who built the house.
It was also created with a grant from the Smithsonian Institution, which has given the museum grants for the past few years.
“This is a museum that is not only about the past but is also a part of our future,” said Sarah Farkas, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
“It’s really about the power of storytelling and the power to bring people together.”
The Smithsonian is partnering with the Georgia Museum of Art and the Georgia Science Museum to create the exhibits, which include an exhibit on dance and dance music, as well as the history section, which includes dance, music, art and architecture.
“I think it’s a great way to connect with a very diverse group of people,” Farkos said.
The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 15, will also highlight the work of local artists, including Linda Wernst, who designed the house and helped build it.
“The House Of The Living” will be part of a new program called “Living in the House,” which is part exhibit, part museum.
That will be held at the museum in 2019.
Duggar is also hoping to bring a new exhibit to the museum.
The exhibit, “Cinema of Dreams,” is part documentary and part retrospective.
It examines how the film industry has evolved since the early days of movies.
“What is the future of film?
Is it a film about the future?
Or is it a history of film?”
“There is so much film that we’ve created, that we don’t really know how to tell the stories,” Duggar added.
“This is something that we are really passionate about and we really want to explore that.”
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