West End Neighborhood Highlights!
Hammonds House Museum
An institution devoted to artists of African descent in a historic 1872 home once owned by Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds. Regular exhibitions of contemporary artists complement a permanent collection that includes work by Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, James Van Der Zee, and others. 503 Peeples St. 404-612-0500. www.hammondshouse.org.
The Wren’s Nest
Located at the stunning Victorian estate of Uncle Remus author Joel Chandler Harris, the Wren’s Nest is a nonprofit organization supporting storytelling traditions in the South. Classes are available for student-age authors looking to workshop and publish their own work, while adults can drop in every Saturday at 1 p.m. to hear and tell stories. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-753-7735. www.wrensnest.org.
West End Performing Arts Center
A community-based facility for all types of artists based in the West End. Check out the Urban Arts Boutique that happens once a month, usually featuring a local artist. 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-613-6465. www.fultonarts.org.
The Shrine of the Black Madonna
Founded in 1975 by members of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church from Detroit, the shrine’s services combine elements of the Roman Catholic Church with African traditions. Today, the bookstore is the neighborhood’s best bet for finding books devoted to African-American art and culture. 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-752-6125. www.shrinebookstore.com.