The PopUp Tour Shows Off its Skills in Atlanta

September 26, 2019

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On the first day of the PopUp Tour in Atlanta, guests appreciated the artistic achievements of German artists and musicians, but Day Two was all about skills. What skills can Germany and the US learn from each other? How can we use these skills to strengthen our relationship and improve lives at home and abroad?

The day began bright and early with the 2019 International Skills Conference organized by the GACC South.

Visitors heard firsthand from business and government leaders about the unique challenges and rewards of German-style apprenticeship programs right here in the US that give young Americans the skills they need to succeed in technical careers with German companies.

Georgia Senator Matt Brass and representatives from the German Ministry of Economics, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and GACC South president Stephanie Ziska were among the event’s speakers.

This full day of panels, roundtable discussions, and presentations will culminated with a graduation ceremony and reception for current GA CATT Apprenticeship Program participants.

Technical skills were not the only skills on display at the PopUp Tent today. Circus Mojo’s German-American band of circus performers put on a show on the main plaza that combined acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, and more! Founded in Kentucky, Circus Mojo takes part in exchanges with performances from across the Atlantic and gives circus workshops in English, German, and Spanish.







After the performance, visitors still had one more lesson to learn from Gerhard Steidl, the designer of the PopUp Tour tent. A screening of the film “How to Make a Book with Steidl” gave viewers a firsthand view of the organized chaos that is daily working life at Steidl Publishers. From book concept to design, from editorial and prepress to printing, the film exposes the craft of bookmaking today. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

The day closed with a special reception held by the Consul General, Dr. Heike Fuller, to celebrate the Day of German Unity.

The PopUp Tour continues tomorrow with a day dedicated to German-American business, science, and art. Find the full schedule on the PopUp Tour website!

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