It was the deadliest aviation disaster of its day.

A June 3, 1962, crash in Paris claimed the lives of 106 civic and cultural leaders of Atlanta, wiping out most of Atlanta’s art donors and rocking the local arts scene to its core.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the tragedy Sunday, June 3, the Woodruff Arts Center held a special day of free activities highlighting each of the center’s divisions, including a painting by the French artist Jean-Pierre Franque (1774-1860) from the Louvre that has never been shown in the U.S.

The High Museum of Art collaborated on the Louvre-Atlanta project from 2006-09, during which the Louvre loaned the High hundreds of paintings in a unique partnership.

Featured events from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m included: a hands-on “instrument petting zoo” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a reading of a commemorative poem at the Alliance Theatre, storytelling and puppet shows by Young Audiences, free admission to the High and family art workshops.

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As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...