ELEVATE 2017: Enlighten

October 14 - 21, 2017

ELEVATE: Enlighten will provide a platform for artists and art professionals to share and exchange knowledge and experiences that have shaped their work. Participating artists will touch on issues surrounding the plight of veterans, issues of gentrification, and the power of healing through art, while art professionals will lead panels and workshops about public art trends, the business of being an artist, and community empowered projects for artists who want to expand their practice.  All events are free and open to the public.

 

Please look through all the events, several of which you must RSVP in order to attend as there is limited attendance for the classes, panels and tours.  We are excited to Enlighten Atlanta!


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Public Art Overview

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Saturday, October 14th, 10:00am-5:00pm

Working in public art offers a wide range of opportunities for artists to work with communities and have their art placed in public spaces. Artists working in public art require a specific set of skills to be both competitive in the selection process and to create a successful project. Designed for artists who are new or interested in working in the public art field, this work shop will provide attendees the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge from a national leader.

At this workshop, attendees will get an introduction to current national trends in public art, learn tips in finding opportunities and submitting applications and review specifics of implementing a public art project, including basic project management skills, contract and legal issues, project team development. We will also spend time on ways to include community participation in your project and how to market your project before and after completion.

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Patricia Walsh Patricia Walsh is the manager of the public art programs for Americans for the Arts. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts she was a cultural programming specialist for the public art program at the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. There, she coordinated the update to the public art master plan and worked with the Arts Commission to develop their annual programs and budget. She served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission and volunteered with the city of Oakland public art program. Patricia worked as the program coordinator for the City of San Jose Public Art Program where she managed the conservation and maintenance of the public artwork collection, worked on community engagement initiatives and managed temporary public art projects. She earned her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and holds a Bachelor in Arts in painting from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Patricia Walsh

Patricia Walsh is the manager of the public art programs for Americans for the Arts. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts she was a cultural programming specialist for the public art program at the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. There, she coordinated the update to the public art master plan and worked with the Arts Commission to develop their annual programs and budget. She served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission and volunteered with the city of Oakland public art program. Patricia worked as the program coordinator for the City of San Jose Public Art Program where she managed the conservation and maintenance of the public artwork collection, worked on community engagement initiatives and managed temporary public art projects. She earned her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and holds a Bachelor in Arts in painting from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Patricia Walsh Public Art Manager for Americans for the Arts


Know Your Materials

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Sunday, October 15th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Learn from public art experts about materials and engineering that will make your project last.

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Robert Witherspoon, Arts Administrator and Atlanta Sculptor

Robert Witherspoon is the Program Manager of Conservation and Maintenance for theMayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Public Art Program. Robert is also a contemporary metal sculptor in Atlanta’s vibrant arts community. His unique, free flowing sculptures can be found in private collections throughout North America and as far away as China. Robert has prominent public art installations at Kennesaw State University, the Fairburn Georgia Public Library, and on the Atlanta Beltline. Witherspoon is honored to serve the community and has taught a variety of art classes for Fulton County Human Services, the Fulton County Arts Council, and Georgia State University. He has served as an Art Conservation Manager for the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affiars for over a decade. Robert Witherspoon along with fellow artists recently founded Square Mile Gallery in Clarkston, Georgia. This gallery features local artists and crafts created by our diverse multi-cultural community. Square Mile Gallery sponsors events and art performances while functioning as an outreach center for one of the most diverse immigrant communities in the United States.
 

Robert Witherspoon Public Art Conservation and Maintenance Program Manager and Artist

  Jeffry Loy has been an active in the Atlanta art scene for the past 26 years; creating, conserving and managing public art projects. Graduating from the Atlanta College of Art in 1996 with a BFA in Sculpture and Photography, Loy obtained his MFA in Sculpture from SCAD in 2014. Loy currently works from his studio at The B-Complex, an artist cooperative located in downtown Atlanta. In his conservation consulting practice Jeffry has conserved artworks for Fulton County, City of Atlanta, City of Kennesaw, City of Sandy Springs, MARTA, Atlanta Beltline, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, John Wieland Foundation, plus numerous corporate and private clients. Recent conservation projects include “Echo” an eight-story suspended public artwork by the artist design team of Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, the 18 murals in the North Avenue MARTA station and Carnegie Plaza for the City of Atlanta.  

 

Jeffry Loy has been an active in the Atlanta art scene for the past 26 years; creating, conserving and managing public art projects. Graduating from the Atlanta College of Art in 1996 with a BFA in Sculpture and Photography, Loy obtained his MFA in Sculpture from SCAD in 2014. Loy currently works from his studio at The B-Complex, an artist cooperative located in downtown Atlanta. In his conservation consulting practice Jeffry has conserved artworks for Fulton County, City of Atlanta, City of Kennesaw, City of Sandy Springs, MARTA, Atlanta Beltline, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, John Wieland Foundation, plus numerous corporate and private clients. Recent conservation projects include “Echo” an eight-story suspended public artwork by the artist design team of Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, the 18 murals in the North Avenue MARTA station and Carnegie Plaza for the City of Atlanta.
 

Jeffry Loy Artist

Daniel Bauen is an Atlanta based mechanical engineer and founder of Engineerable, an engineering design and manufacturing studio based in Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, Georgia. Bauen has collaborated with numerous international public artists to create visionary sculptures and art installations from Atlanta to New York, San Diego, Switzerland and even the Burning Man Arts Festival. Bauen has expertise in designing kinetic movements for large scale artworks, robotics, and 3D printing. Bauen’s experiences in the creative community exemplify where art, science, and technology merge.

Daniel Bauen is an Atlanta based mechanical engineer and founder of Engineerable, an engineering design and manufacturing studio based in Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, Georgia. Bauen has collaborated with numerous international public artists to create visionary sculptures and art installations from Atlanta to New York, San Diego, Switzerland and even the Burning Man Arts Festival. Bauen has expertise in designing kinetic movements for large scale artworks, robotics, and 3D printing. Bauen’s experiences in the creative community exemplify where art, science, and technology merge.

Daniel Bauen Mechanical Engineer


 

Funding Your Art

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Asia Hadley from the Foundation Center will give an overview of their funding resources. Panelists will answer questions about finding different funding for your public art project.

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Panelists

  Fred Yalouris joined Atlanta Beltline, Inc. in June 2008. Previously, he was in Boston, where for 11 years he held the position of Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the “Big Dig,” where he directed the planning, design, public participation process, and construction phase services for the surface restoration of the $15 billion project.  This included overseeing the creation of 46 new parks in Boston and Cambridge, several miles of streetscape, over ten miles of trails, the restoration of several miles of harbor and river shorelines,  the completion of a major public art program, and archaeology program, and hundreds of environmental remediation commitments. It also included the designs of various buildings, pedestrian bridges and other structures.  In the public participation process, he worked with a multitude of public agencies, neighborhood groups, property owners, business groups and special interest groups, and was responsible for over 900 public meetings during the planning, design and construction phases of the project. Prior to the Big Dig, Dr. Yalouris served as a college administrator and research associate for ten years at Harvard, followed by ten years as a college dean at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Boston University and Newbury College.  He lectured part-time for 20 years at Harvard University Extension, where he taught courses in Western art and architecture and archaeology.  His publications cover topics in ancient topography, ancient art and architecture, nautical archaeology, and urban planning.  He has received a number of awards for his work in managing the planning and design of parks, streetscapes and public spaces in Boston. Dr. Yalouris holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Oxford University (England).  He is married with three college-age children.  He enjoys travel, collecting art, woodworking and wilderness canoeing.

 

Fred Yalouris joined Atlanta Beltline, Inc. in June 2008. Previously, he was in Boston, where for 11 years he held the position of Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the “Big Dig,” where he directed the planning, design, public participation process, and construction phase services for the surface restoration of the $15 billion project.  This included overseeing the creation of 46 new parks in Boston and Cambridge, several miles of streetscape, over ten miles of trails, the restoration of several miles of harbor and river shorelines,  the completion of a major public art program, and archaeology program, and hundreds of environmental remediation commitments. It also included the designs of various buildings, pedestrian bridges and other structures.  In the public participation process, he worked with a multitude of public agencies, neighborhood groups, property owners, business groups and special interest groups, and was responsible for over 900 public meetings during the planning, design and construction phases of the project. Prior to the Big Dig, Dr. Yalouris served as a college administrator and research associate for ten years at Harvard, followed by ten years as a college dean at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Boston University and Newbury College.  He lectured part-time for 20 years at Harvard University Extension, where he taught courses in Western art and architecture and archaeology.  His publications cover topics in ancient topography, ancient art and architecture, nautical archaeology, and urban planning.  He has received a number of awards for his work in managing the planning and design of parks, streetscapes and public spaces in Boston. Dr. Yalouris holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Oxford University (England).  He is married with three college-age children.  He enjoys travel, collecting art, woodworking and wilderness canoeing.

Fred Yalouris Director of Design for Beltline Inc.

  As Atlanta Lead, Asia Hadley manages daily operations focusing on community engagement, strategic alignment, training, and programming. Asia's background includes almost seven years at the Foundation Center as a training Coordinator and then as virtual services assistant. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis with a dual master's degree in philanthropic studies and non-profit affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management. She held several positions as program coordinator, volunteer recruitment specialist, and assistant director of development prior to joining Foundation Center. Asia has also served as vice president of the Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals and volunteered as a grant funding peer reviewer for the Commission for Service and Volunteering.

 

As Atlanta Lead, Asia Hadley manages daily operations focusing on community engagement, strategic alignment, training, and programming. Asia's background includes almost seven years at the Foundation Center as a training Coordinator and then as virtual services assistant. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis with a dual master's degree in philanthropic studies and non-profit affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management. She held several positions as program coordinator, volunteer recruitment specialist, and assistant director of development prior to joining Foundation Center. Asia has also served as vice president of the Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals and volunteered as a grant funding peer reviewer for the Commission for Service and Volunteering.

Asia Hadley Atlanta City Lead

Monica D. Prothro has been with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs since 2001 and is the Program Manager for Arts & Education Services. Prior to her current role, she was Facility Administrator at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the Contracts for Arts Services and Cultural Experience Project programs. The Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. CAS awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. Her responsibilities include supervision of programming staff, fiscal management, and management all responsibilities associated with the programs. Monica holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Southern University and A&M College. Prior to joining the staff at the Office of Cultural Affairs, Monica was a science teacher at Westlake High School in the Fulton County School System in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monica D. Prothro has been with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs since 2001 and is the Program Manager for Arts & Education Services. Prior to her current role, she was Facility Administrator at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the Contracts for Arts Services and Cultural Experience Project programs. The Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. CAS awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. Her responsibilities include supervision of programming staff, fiscal management, and management all responsibilities associated with the programs. Monica holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Southern University and A&M College. Prior to joining the staff at the Office of Cultural Affairs, Monica was a science teacher at Westlake High School in the Fulton County School System in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monica D. Prothro Program Manager for Arts &Education Services

Maria Artemis maintains an active art practice, exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 28 years. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and she has received numerous awards grants, and Public Art Commissions. These include: • Adjacent Possible, Site work for the University of Minnesota’s Bio-Medical Discovery District • Site integrated sculpture for the award winning Historic Fourth Ward Park, commissioned by Beltline Inc., Atlanta, GA • The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Award • Donald Lee Hollowell Memorial Water Park- Center Hill Park • Poiesis, site integrated work for the LEED Gold certified Hamilton Mill Library • Epigenesis, site work for the Environmental Health Lab, CDC a U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture project • Ex-Static- for the Civic Center Street Scape spur-commissioned by CODA-for the Atlanta Olympics • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship • Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts Award • Georgia Women in the visual Arts Award • Ford Foundation Grant Publications include: Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers Current Professional Activities: • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Faculty/Mentor, Low-Residency MFA Program • Ongoing studio work and commissions including Tectonic Suite, for the new Parkwood Light Rail Station, opening Spring 2018

Maria Artemis maintains an active art practice, exhibiting nationally and
internationally for over 28 years.
Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and she has
received numerous awards grants, and Public Art Commissions.
These include:
• Adjacent Possible, Site work for the University of Minnesota’s
Bio-Medical Discovery District
• Site integrated sculpture for the award winning Historic Fourth Ward Park,
commissioned by Beltline Inc., Atlanta, GA
• The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Award
• Donald Lee Hollowell Memorial Water Park- Center Hill Park
• Poiesis, site integrated work for the LEED Gold certified Hamilton Mill
Library
• Epigenesis, site work for the Environmental Health Lab, CDC a U.S.
General Services Administration Art in Architecture project
• Ex-Static- for the Civic Center Street Scape spur-commissioned by
CODA-for the Atlanta Olympics
• National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
• Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts Award
• Georgia Women in the visual Arts Award
• Ford Foundation Grant
Publications include: Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers
Current Professional Activities:
• School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Faculty/Mentor, Low-Residency
MFA Program
• Ongoing studio work and commissions including Tectonic Suite, for the
new Parkwood Light Rail Station, opening Spring 2018

Maria Artemis National Exhibiting Artist

 

Working With Public Agencies

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tuesday, October 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Hear from public art administrators about best practices when working with public agencies.

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Panelists

  Lisa Tuttle is an artist and arts administrator based in Atlanta. As an artist, Tuttle creates lens-based artworks, mixed-media objects, research projects and interdisciplinary installations. She is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery, and her studio is located at the Arts Exchange. She has completed a number of permanent and temporary public art projects. Her collaborative project with Alice Lovelace, “Harriet Rising” received the 2012 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year-in Review award as one of the best 50 public art projects in the country. As a curator and arts administrator, she has organized, administrated and designed – either as director, curator or part of the gallery staff – more than 80 exhibitions. She has worked as a lead administrator with the award-winning Public Art Program of Fulton County Arts Department of Arts and Culture since April, 2003. Between 1993-97, Tuttle was the Visual Arts Director for the Arts Festival of Atlanta, where she organized and curated exhibitions, developed programming, and directed innovative, temporary public art projects, including several during the Olympics.

 

Lisa Tuttle is an artist and arts administrator based in Atlanta. As an artist, Tuttle creates lens-based artworks, mixed-media objects, research projects and interdisciplinary installations. She is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery, and her studio is located at the Arts Exchange. She has completed a number of permanent and temporary public art projects. Her collaborative project with Alice Lovelace, “Harriet Rising” received the 2012 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year-in Review award as one of the best 50 public art projects in the country. As a curator and arts administrator, she has organized, administrated and designed – either as director, curator or part of the gallery staff – more than 80 exhibitions. She has worked as a lead administrator with the award-winning Public Art Program of Fulton County Arts Department of Arts and Culture since April, 2003. Between 1993-97, Tuttle was the Visual Arts Director for the Arts Festival of Atlanta, where she organized and curated exhibitions, developed programming, and directed innovative, temporary public art projects, including several during the Olympics.

Lisa Tuttle Atlanta-based Artist and Arts Administrator

  Angie Macon joined the Decatur Arts Alliance as its Executive Director in 2008. The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit which supports the arts in Decatur, Georgia. Formed in 1989 to produce the Decatur Arts Festival, the mission of the Decatur Arts Alliance has expanded to administrator of public art in Decatur. Currently, the Decatur Arts Alliance is working on the Decatur Artway, a rotating two-year sculpture program in downtown Decatur and the historic Oakhurst neighborhood. The Artway is a part of the public art initiative program funded by the Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.

 

Angie Macon joined the Decatur Arts Alliance as its Executive Director in 2008. The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit which supports the arts in Decatur, Georgia. Formed in 1989 to produce the Decatur Arts Festival, the mission of the Decatur Arts Alliance has expanded to administrator of public art in Decatur. Currently, the Decatur Arts Alliance is working on the Decatur Artway, a rotating two-year sculpture program in downtown Decatur and the historic Oakhurst neighborhood. The Artway is a part of the public art initiative program funded by the Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.

Angie Macon Decatur Arts Alliance Executive Director

Dorian McDuffie is a New Jersey native who calls Atlanta home. She studied Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia andhas had a career varying from public relations and journalism to research in the alternative fuels arena before finding her true calling in the arts. As the Public Art Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, she is responsible for the Chastain Arts Center, Gallery 72 and the Public Art Program. Dorian is the recipient of several awards including two for public relations and the “Woman of the Year” award from the City of Atlanta. She has also been a part of team of recipients for three Awards of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Dorian McDuffie is a New Jersey native who calls Atlanta home. She studied Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia andhas had a career varying from public relations and journalism to research in the alternative fuels arena before finding her true calling in the arts. As the Public Art Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, she is responsible for the Chastain Arts Center, Gallery 72 and the Public Art Program. Dorian is the recipient of several awards including two for public relations and the “Woman of the Year” award from the City of Atlanta. She has also been a part of team of recipients for three Awards of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Dorian McDuffie Public Art Manager for the City of Atlanta

Katherine Dirga is an artist and arts administrator with 15 years’ experience in the Public Art field. Prior to joining MARTA, she served as Art Program Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where she implemented projects and programs for the International and Domestic Terminals as well as the Annual Music Series, and various temporary exhibitions with local and regional partners. Katherine has a deep interest in community and was a founding coordinator of the CSX Art Wall in Cabbagetown, working with local curators, artists, and CSX railroad to produce what is now an annual rotating exhibition and event with over 40 artists and 25 murals in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and walkable neighborhoods. She served as founding Board Chair for Dashboard, an Atlanta-based, national curatorial team, shepherding the organization as it scaled from local and regional to national projects during her four-year tenure. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Georgia State University. Katherine is an Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) and has served as Board Chair for various local non-profits including Dashboard and Cabbagetown Initiative, a 501(c)3 community development corporation.

Katherine Dirga is an artist and arts administrator with 15 years’ experience in the Public Art field. Prior to joining MARTA, she served as Art Program Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where she implemented projects and programs for the International and Domestic Terminals as well as the Annual Music Series, and various temporary exhibitions with local and regional partners. Katherine has a deep interest in community and was a founding coordinator of the CSX Art Wall in Cabbagetown, working with local curators, artists, and CSX railroad to produce what is now an annual rotating exhibition and event with over 40 artists and 25 murals in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and walkable neighborhoods. She served as founding Board Chair for Dashboard, an Atlanta-based, national curatorial team, shepherding the organization as it scaled from local and regional to national projects during her four-year tenure. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Georgia State University. Katherine is an Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) and has served as Board Chair for various local non-profits including Dashboard and Cabbagetown Initiative, a 501(c)3 community development corporation.

Katherine Dirga Aritst and Public Art Administrator

 

Laws, Insurance, and Nitty Gritty

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Explore the importance of copyright law and the necessity of insurance for public artists.

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Speakers

  Matthew Goings has a deep passion for music that started in first grade when he began piano lessons. He later picked up the tenor saxophone and continued playing in marching band through college in the Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Matthew is also a Brother of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After graduating from UGA, Matthew attended Georgia State University College of Law and studied Intellectual Property and received the Health Law Certificate. He also participated in multiple Intellectual Property competitions as a member of the Moot Court Board. Matthew now runs a solo practice, assisting early stage technology startups and other small businesses with their IP, contracts, and other business legal needs. He is also the Director of Operations for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, overseeing the technical aspects of GLA’s operations, providing in-house legal services, and assisting with managing legal externs. Matthew is also Vice-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the GA State Bar IP Section.

 

Matthew Goings has a deep passion for music that started in first grade when he began piano lessons. He later picked up the tenor saxophone and continued playing in marching band through college in the Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Matthew is also a Brother of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After graduating from UGA, Matthew attended Georgia State University College of Law and studied Intellectual Property and received the Health Law Certificate. He also participated in multiple Intellectual Property competitions as a member of the Moot Court Board. Matthew now runs a solo practice, assisting early stage technology startups and other small businesses with their IP, contracts, and other business legal needs. He is also the Director of Operations for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, overseeing the technical aspects of GLA’s operations, providing in-house legal services, and assisting with managing legal externs. Matthew is also Vice-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the GA State Bar IP Section.

Matthew Goings Director of Operations for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Peter McLoud, Haven Insurance Group’s Commercial Lines Vice-President, is a former small business owner with more than 12 years of insurance experience. While obtaining degrees in English & Political Science from Georgia State University, he developed a passion for helping other young entrepreneurs by assisting in writing business plans to secure SBA loans. Following graduation, he sold his commercial cleaning business and accepted a position at Progressive Insurance Company where he developed a deep understanding of the insurance industry and learned the importance of exceptional customer service. Peter later moved into a role with Zurich Financial Services handling litigated claims for Fortune 100 companies before eventually accepting a sales position within Zurich. Peter decided to leave the corporate insurance world for Haven Insurance Group so that he could better focus on his customers instead of shareholders. As a creative minded individual Peter enjoys living vicariously through his many customers in a variety of arts, entertainment, and technology fields.

Peter McLoud, Haven Insurance Group’s Commercial Lines Vice-President, is a former small business owner with more than 12 years of insurance experience. While obtaining degrees in English & Political Science from Georgia State University, he developed a passion for helping other young entrepreneurs by assisting in writing business plans to secure SBA loans. Following graduation, he sold his commercial cleaning business and accepted a position at Progressive Insurance Company where he developed a deep understanding of the insurance industry and learned the importance of exceptional customer service. Peter later moved into a role with Zurich Financial Services handling litigated claims for Fortune 100 companies before eventually accepting a sales position within Zurich. Peter decided to leave the corporate insurance world for Haven Insurance Group so that he could better focus on his customers instead of shareholders. As a creative minded individual Peter enjoys living vicariously through his many customers in a variety of arts, entertainment, and technology fields.

Peter McLoud Haven Insurance Group’s Commercial Lines Vice-President

 

 C4 Atlanta Presents:

Community Empowered Art, Artist Empowered Communities

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Thursday, October 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

A two hour workshop for both artists and community members interested in working together to create. How can artists work with community, instead of to or for community? What should community members expect when working with artists? How can both created a shared language around complex community issues and attract key stakeholders to their work? Presented by C4 Atlanta. Atlanta artists Foluke Beveridge and Jacquay Waller will aid in facilitation of this workshop.

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Panelists

  Audrey Gámez brings 11 years of education experience to her role as Education Manager for C4 Atlanta. She was previously a facilitator for the Ignite class and has served as Education Coordinator for MASS Collective. Audrey began working in arts administration as an intern with WonderRoot in 2014. An active volunteer, Audrey has worked with several community and arts organizations around Atlanta. In addition several community and arts organizations around Atlanta. In addition to her responsibilities with C4 Atlanta, Audrey continues to work as a professional singer and music educator, maintaining a private voice, violin and viola studio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.

 

Audrey Gámez brings 11 years of education experience to her role as Education Manager for C4 Atlanta. She was previously a facilitator for the Ignite class and has served as Education Coordinator for MASS Collective. Audrey began working in arts administration as an intern with WonderRoot in 2014. An active volunteer, Audrey has worked with several community and arts organizations around Atlanta. In addition several community and arts organizations around Atlanta. In addition to her responsibilities with C4 Atlanta, Audrey continues to work as a professional singer and music educator, maintaining a private voice, violin and viola studio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.

Audrey Gámez Education Manager at C4

Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta Executive Director: Jessyca Holland,Executive Director of C4 Atlanta has worked as an arts administrator for nearly 13 years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca is the co-founder of C4 Atlanta (2010). Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar, BoardSource, named Alumni of the Year by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company in 2013 and received an Achievement Award from her Alma mater, April 2014. Currently, Jessyca is a collaborator for a national initiative, Artists Thrive. She has been on arts panels for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, and many more. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. Jessyca is the mother of two beautiful daughters and is married to the most amazing man in the world.

Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta Executive Director: Jessyca Holland,Executive Director of C4 Atlanta has worked as an arts administrator for nearly 13 years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca is the co-founder of C4 Atlanta (2010). Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar, BoardSource, named Alumni of the Year by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company in 2013 and received an Achievement Award from her Alma mater, April 2014. Currently, Jessyca is a collaborator for a national initiative, Artists Thrive. She has been on arts panels for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, and many more. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. Jessyca is the mother of two beautiful daughters and is married to the most amazing man in the world.

Jessyca Holland Executive Director of C4

Foluke Beveridge is a nonprofit marketer, arts education enthusiast, and dancer at heart. She is currently the Marketing & Communications Coordinator, a Teaching Artist at Moving in the Spirit, and a Leader-in-Training with InterPlay Atlanta. Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, Foluke has spent a lifetime in the arts. In 2011, she earned a B.A. in communication studies with a minor in dance from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. After working in education and retail, she decided that her path in life must involve finding ways to support both the arts, social justice, and young people. With that in mind, she enrolled in the Master’s program in arts administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her degree in the summer of 2015. She has worked with the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, ArtsNow, Spellcast Entertainment, SCADShow Theater, and is a graduate of C4 Atlanta's Hatch Program.

Foluke Beveridge is a nonprofit marketer, arts education enthusiast, and dancer at heart. She is currently the Marketing & Communications Coordinator, a Teaching Artist at Moving in the Spirit, and a Leader-in-Training with InterPlay Atlanta. Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, Foluke has spent a lifetime in the arts. In 2011, she earned a B.A. in communication studies with a minor in dance from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. After working in education and retail, she decided that her path in life must involve finding ways to support both the arts, social justice, and young people. With that in mind, she enrolled in the Master’s program in arts administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her degree in the summer of 2015. She has worked with the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, ArtsNow, Spellcast Entertainment, SCADShow Theater, and is a graduate of C4 Atlanta's Hatch Program.

Foluke Beveridge Marketing & Communications Manager

Jacquay Waller, a native of Memphis, Tennessee received his BS in Computer Science from Tennessee State University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University, MBA from Troy University and multiple professional certifications. He is a classically trained bass-baritone vocalist and has been an accomplished member of AmeriColor Opera Alliance. He is a proud recipient of the James A. Hyter Award and the African American Playwright Exchange (AAPEX) Artist of the Year Award. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Incorporated. In his last year of seminary at Emory University, Jacquay produced and directed the show Coming from where I’m from. From here, his entertainment company DreamCatcher ENT was birthed. DreamCatcher produces theatrical experiences as a means for igniting community engagement with social issues.

Jacquay Waller, a native of Memphis, Tennessee received his BS in Computer Science from Tennessee State University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University, MBA from Troy University and multiple professional certifications. He is a classically trained bass-baritone vocalist and has been an accomplished member of AmeriColor Opera Alliance. He is a proud recipient of the James A. Hyter Award and the African American Playwright Exchange (AAPEX) Artist of the Year Award. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Incorporated. In his last year of seminary at Emory University, Jacquay produced and directed the show Coming from where I’m from. From here, his entertainment company DreamCatcher ENT was birthed. DreamCatcher produces theatrical experiences as a means for igniting community engagement with social issues.

Jacquay Waller DreamCatcher Ent.

 

The Arts and Social Justice

Watershed Auditorium, 72 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Saturday, October 21st, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Join local arts activists as they inspire you to use your art as a statement for a cause.

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Panelists

Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. She received national attention shortly after earning her M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University and describes herself in the art world as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide-range of contemporary culture. Bright’s current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, examines race, gender and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights. #1960Now is a photographic series of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and is in the collection of the Smithsonian African-American History and Culture Museum, Washington, DC and The Center for Civil and Human Rights:Civil Right Museum, Atlanta GA. Also she is featured in the documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America which seven photographers on Election Day 2016, captured images from different vantage points across America.

Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. She received national attention shortly after earning her M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University and describes herself in the art world as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide-range of contemporary culture. Bright’s current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, examines race, gender and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights. #1960Now is a photographic series of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and is in the collection of the Smithsonian African-American History and Culture Museum, Washington, DC and The Center for Civil and Human Rights:Civil Right Museum, Atlanta GA. Also she is featured in the documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America which seven photographers on Election Day 2016, captured images from different vantage points across America.

Sheila Pree Bright Fine Art Photographer

  Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta-based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals primarily with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. Caldas was named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more. Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years she was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces. In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2017 to stop HB 51, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses. Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta.

 

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta-based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals primarily with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. Caldas was named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more. Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years she was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces. In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2017 to stop HB 51, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses. Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta.

Jessica Caldas Atlanta-based Artist and Advocate

As the Head of the Creative Placemaking Department at WonderRoot, Brandon Jones works to creatively align the built environment with the collective identities of the community it serves.  Under Brandon’s leadership, the Creative Placemaking department leverages cross-sector partnerships, civic engagement, and artistic strategies as tools for community development in the metro Atlanta region. Deeply committed to fighting inequity in Atlanta, Brandon serves as the Co-Chair of the Creative Placemaking Committee for the TransFormation Alliance, a collaborative addressing equitable transit-oriented development and communities; on Advisory Board of Twin Radius, an organization connecting artists and faith-based communities; and is a member of the ARC Community Engagement Network. He also served as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Public Art Grant program 2016-2017. Prior to joining WonderRoot, Brandon served as the founding Director of Cultural Engagement for the New York City-based organization, Theatre for the Free People; and is the Co-founder of Free People Int., a social advocacy firm based in Amsterdam, NL with clients throughout the Europe and the United States. He is an alumnus of the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama; received a BA in Theatre Performance from MaryMount Manhattan College in NYC; and is currently an MA candidate for Cultural Sustainability and MA candidate for Business Management at Goucher College.

As the Head of the Creative Placemaking Department at WonderRoot, Brandon Jones works to creatively align the built environment with the collective identities of the community it serves.  Under Brandon’s leadership, the Creative Placemaking department leverages cross-sector partnerships, civic engagement, and artistic strategies as tools for community development in the metro Atlanta region.

Deeply committed to fighting inequity in Atlanta, Brandon serves as the Co-Chair of the Creative Placemaking Committee for the TransFormation Alliance, a collaborative addressing equitable transit-oriented development and communities; on Advisory Board of Twin Radius, an organization connecting artists and faith-based communities; and is a member of the ARC Community Engagement Network. He also served as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Public Art Grant program 2016-2017.

Prior to joining WonderRoot, Brandon served as the founding Director of Cultural Engagement for the New York City-based organization, Theatre for the Free People; and is the Co-founder of Free People Int., a social advocacy firm based in Amsterdam, NL with clients throughout the Europe and the United States.

He is an alumnus of the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama; received a BA in Theatre Performance from MaryMount Manhattan College in NYC; and is currently an MA candidate for Cultural Sustainability and MA candidate for Business Management at Goucher College.

Brandon Jones Head of Creative Placemaking at WonderRoot

Grace D. Gipson is a Visiting Professor in African-American Studies at Georgia State University and a doctoral candidate in the African-American Studies program with a designated emphasis in New Media at the University of California Berkeley. Grace’s area of research interest centers on black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books & graphic novels, Afrofuturism, and race and new media. Her current dissertation project interrogates the formation of a Black female superhero identity within comics and graphic novels through such topics as, African queer love, disability as empowering, coloring utopias/dystopias, promoting Black Girl Magic in STEM, and creating a new media legacy for Black female voices. Grace’s work has been featured in various publications and book chapters in such outlets as Huffington Post, NPR.org, Black Perspectives, The Diaspora (publication of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley), and the FCH Annals. Outside of the academy, you can find Grace participating in one fourth of the #BlackComicsChat twitter podcast crew and regular contributor for the website Black Girl Nerds.

Grace D. Gipson is a Visiting Professor in African-American Studies at Georgia State University and a doctoral candidate in the African-American Studies program with a designated emphasis in New Media at the University of California Berkeley. Grace’s area of research interest centers on black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books & graphic novels, Afrofuturism, and race and new media. Her current dissertation project interrogates the formation of a Black female superhero identity within comics and graphic novels through such topics as, African queer love, disability as empowering, coloring utopias/dystopias, promoting Black Girl Magic in STEM, and creating a new media legacy for Black female voices. Grace’s work has been featured in various publications and book chapters in such outlets as Huffington Post, NPR.org, Black Perspectives, The Diaspora (publication of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley), and the FCH Annals. Outside of the academy, you can find Grace participating in one fourth of the #BlackComicsChat twitter podcast crew and regular contributor for the website Black Girl Nerds.

Grace Gipson Visiting Professor of African American Studies


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LEFT OUT: Exhibition Opening

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Saturday, October 14th, 4:30pm-8:00pm

 

LEFT OUT brings awareness to the modern plight and treatment of veterans in America. From the battlefield, to civilian life, Carlos Thompson and his wife Morgan Carlisle have created art based on their experiences of attaining “normalcy” after returning home from warfare. There is a dual purpose to this show as art has the ability to help process and heal traumatic events. LEFT OUT will give those who served, the outlet to express themselves, and move towards a place of understanding as others learn to understand them.

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Artists

  Carlos Thompson served in the United States Army as an active duty paratrooper for over four years. His first duty station was in Vicenza, Italy with the 173rd Division 1/503 battalion. From there, Thompson deployed to one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province for over 14 months as part of Nato Coalition Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom (2007-2008). He then served with the 82nd Division 1/325 battalion and deployed to Haiti as part of Operation United Response (2010). Three months later, Thompson did his last deployment in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. After completing his service in the military, Thompson received a BA in English from Kennesaw State University. Throughout his military service, Thompson dealt with the pressures of war through poetry and creative writing. His works are "abstracts of reality" based on his personal experiences, described from the deepest parts of himself. As a teenager, Thompson lived in Miami, Florida. Under the pen name “Los," he performed independently in spoken word venues and freestyle exhibitions. In 2016, Thompson and Morgan Carlisle were the first winners of Idea Capital’s Margaret Kargbo Artist as Activist grant presenting LEFT OUT. Thompson is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Carlos Thompson served in the United States Army as an active duty paratrooper for over four years. His first duty station was in Vicenza, Italy with the 173rd Division 1/503 battalion. From there, Thompson deployed to one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province for over 14 months as part of Nato Coalition Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom (2007-2008). He then served with the 82nd Division 1/325 battalion and deployed to Haiti as part of Operation United Response (2010). Three months later, Thompson did his last deployment in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. After completing his service in the military, Thompson received a BA in English from Kennesaw State University. Throughout his military service, Thompson dealt with the pressures of war through poetry and creative writing. His works are "abstracts of reality" based on his personal experiences, described from the deepest parts of himself. As a teenager, Thompson lived in Miami, Florida. Under the pen name “Los," he performed independently in spoken word venues and freestyle exhibitions. In 2016, Thompson and Morgan Carlisle were the first winners of Idea Capital’s Margaret Kargbo Artist as Activist grant presenting LEFT OUT. Thompson is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Carlos Thompson Artist & FMR. United States Army Paratrooper

Morgan Carlisle actively broadens and diversifies Atlanta's cultural arts scene through her choreography, arts administration, dance education and curation work. Giving back is a passion, inspiring Carlisle to work for dance-related nonprofits such as Beyond Our Boundaries (B.O.B), providing free and subsidized dance instruction for children of low income households. Carlisle graduated with a BA in Dance from Kennesaw State University. She later returned to KSU to set her own work as a guest artist. Carlisle has since shown her work at Emory University and restaged T.Lang’s Post Up (In The House) at Middle Tennessee State and Spelman College. In 2014, she joined the board of Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery and created a committee dedicated to performance based art. After three years, she concluded her service with the title of Performance Committee Chair and Board Chair of the organization. Carlisle currently serves as Board Chair for Fly on a Wall (an Idea House that supports and presents innovative performance) and is honored to be one of the first elected members of the MARTA Arts Council. As a 2016 WonderRoot Walthall Fellow, Carlisle presented her work Salt of the Earth at MOCA GA during the summer 2017. She and her husband Carlos Thompson, also received the first Idea Capitol Margaret Kargbo Activist as artist grant for their show LEFT OUT, which she is excited to officially premiere at ELEVATE 2017.

Morgan Carlisle actively broadens and diversifies Atlanta's cultural arts scene through her choreography, arts administration, dance education and curation work. Giving back is a passion, inspiring Carlisle to work for dance-related nonprofits such as Beyond Our Boundaries (B.O.B), providing free and subsidized dance instruction for children of low income households. Carlisle graduated with a BA in Dance from Kennesaw State University. She later returned to KSU to set her own work as a guest artist. Carlisle has since shown her work at Emory University and restaged T.Lang’s Post Up (In The House) at Middle Tennessee State and Spelman College. In 2014, she joined the board of Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery and created a committee dedicated to performance based art. After three years, she concluded her service with the title of Performance Committee Chair and Board Chair of the organization. Carlisle currently serves as Board Chair for Fly on a Wall (an Idea House that supports and presents innovative performance) and is honored to be one of the first elected members of the MARTA Arts Council. As a 2016 WonderRoot Walthall Fellow, Carlisle presented her work Salt of the Earth at MOCA GA during the summer 2017. She and her husband Carlos Thompson, also received the first Idea Capitol Margaret Kargbo Activist as artist grant for their show LEFT OUT, which she is excited to officially premiere at ELEVATE 2017.

Morgan Carlisle Freelance Art Entrepreneur & Artist

 

Left Out Panel Discussion: The Long March to Freedom

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

LEFT OUT: The Long March to Freedom


Perspectives before, during and after being in war will be shared from three panelist providing a standpoint from two historical conflicts “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “The Vietnam War.” This panel will discuss preparing for the conflict outside and (when returning) dealing with the conflict within. The moderator, (a wife of a combat veteran) will steer the conversation towards finding normalcy after combat and what the readjustment process looks like to a partner.

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Panelists

  Jacob McClinton served as a paratrooper in the United States Army for over eight years. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 2/503 battalion. In 2007, McClinton was deployed for over 14 months in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan as part of Nato Coalition Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. Afterward, McClinton attended Army Ranger School and upon returning to Italy, was placed in charge of a recon team for his second deployment to Afghanistan. While there, he ran raids in search of theatre level high value targets from 2009 -2010. McClinton returned to the United States and was stationed in Dahlonega, Georgia where he served the remainder of his career before retiring as a Mountain Ranger Instructor in the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. McClinton now attends Kennesaw State University, pursuing a degree in political science to segue into law school. Throughout his experiences, McClinton found solace in music and writing, which he still enjoys while performing in his band.

 

Jacob McClinton served as a paratrooper in the United States Army for over eight years. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 2/503 battalion. In 2007, McClinton was deployed for over 14 months in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan as part of Nato Coalition Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. Afterward, McClinton attended Army Ranger School and upon returning to Italy, was placed in charge of a recon team for his second deployment to Afghanistan. While there, he ran raids in search of theatre level high value targets from 2009 -2010. McClinton returned to the United States and was stationed in Dahlonega, Georgia where he served the remainder of his career before retiring as a Mountain Ranger Instructor in the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. McClinton now attends Kennesaw State University, pursuing a degree in political science to segue into law school. Throughout his experiences, McClinton found solace in music and writing, which he still enjoys while performing in his band.

Jacob McClinton FMR. United States Army Paratrooper

(Not Pictured) Gregory Wynn was drafted to the US Army, in 1967 at the age of 19. He served in Company C, 4th Battalion of the 9th infantry in Vietnam in July 8, 1967-July 8, 1968. Wynn fought in the Tet Offensive; being one of 8 survivors out of a company level offensive in the retaking of Saigon. Today, Wynn writes poetry about his experiences in war as exposure therapy to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

(Not Pictured) Gregory Wynn was drafted to the US Army, in 1967 at the age of 19. He served in Company C, 4th Battalion of the 9th infantry in Vietnam in July 8, 1967-July 8, 1968. Wynn fought in the Tet Offensive; being one of 8 survivors out of a company level offensive in the retaking of Saigon. Today, Wynn writes poetry about his experiences in war as exposure therapy to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Gregory Wynn FMR. United States Army Soldier

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Carlos Thompson 

 
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Morgan Carlisle Freelance Art Entrepreneur & Artist


Inner City Urban: Vine City

Outdoor Photography Exhibition

Downtown Kiosks

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Artist: Rose Smith

Rose Smith is an installation artist who uses the medium of photography to encapsulate the life and social landscape of African-Americans. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Smith studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Within her current series entitled Inner City Urban: Vine City, she explores the common misperception of African- Americans within inner city communities. She received the City of Atlanta's Emerging Artist Award and exhibited her work for the ribbon cutting of the At-Promise Youth Center with Mayor Kasim Reed in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhood. Through her extensive community involvement, she is invested in inspiring youth to discover their artistic abilities to impact their communities. 

Rose Smith is an installation artist who uses the medium of photography to encapsulate the life and social landscape of African-Americans. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Smith studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Within her current series entitled Inner City Urban: Vine City, she explores the common misperception of African- Americans within inner city communities. She received the City of Atlanta's Emerging Artist Award and exhibited her work for the ribbon cutting of the At-Promise Youth Center with Mayor Kasim Reed in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhood. Through her extensive community involvement, she is invested in inspiring youth to discover their artistic abilities to impact their communities. 


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BOY

Enter our contest to win a pair of tickets to see the new play, BOY, on October 14 at 7:30 pm at Theatrical Outfit. The first 75 people to submit a haiku about Atlanta will win two tickets! One entry per person, and you must be 18 years or older. Enter here: ELEVATE Atlanta Haiku. BOY is Inspired by a fascinating true story and best-selling biography. It asks: does nature or nurture determine who and how we love? A doctor convinces parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after an accident, and years later, repercussions of that choice alter lives. With humor and tenderness, BOY explores the tricky terrain of loving oneself and others amidst the confusion of gender identity.

Submit your Haiku here


Yumi Kurosawa with Rockwell Dancers

Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Friday, October 20th,  7:00pm-8:00pm

Yumi Kurosawa and Rockwell Dancers Brittany Smith and DeWayne Jamar Brown will perform from 7-8 pm. The collaboration will blend the mesmerizing sound of Kurosawa’s music on traditional 16th century stringed koto with contemporary Hip Hop dance in a unique performance transcending genre and cultural stereotypes.

 

Performers

Yumi Kurosawa is a composer and an award-winning koto star from a young age, Yumi Kurosawa is one of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument. Her solo repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works. Born in Morioka, Japan, Kurosawa began her koto studies when she was three, going on to win first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992. Since relocating to the US, she has played on such stages as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Blue Note. Kurosawa has been a principal soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan in the UK, and the Houston Grand Opera, and in 2015, she was commissioned to write an original score for the Houston Ballet. Her many collaborations have included pairings of koto with tabla, with oud, with string quartet, and with dance, including a piece with the Beyonce-affiliated dance duo Les Twins. Kurosawa is currently working on a collaborative program with tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee, son of the world-renowned tabla master Anindo Chatterjee. She has two solo albums out to date: 2015's Looking up at the Sky, and 2009's Beginning of a Journey.

Yumi Kurosawa is a composer and an award-winning koto star from a young age, Yumi Kurosawa is one of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument. Her solo repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works. Born in Morioka, Japan, Kurosawa began her koto studies when she was three, going on to win first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992. Since relocating to the US, she has played on such stages as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Blue Note. Kurosawa has been a principal soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan in the UK, and the Houston Grand Opera, and in 2015, she was commissioned to write an original score for the Houston Ballet. Her many collaborations have included pairings of koto with tabla, with oud, with string quartet, and with dance, including a piece with the Beyonce-affiliated dance duo Les Twins. Kurosawa is currently working on a collaborative program with tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee, son of the world-renowned tabla master Anindo Chatterjee. She has two solo albums out to date: 2015's Looking up at the Sky, and 2009's Beginning of a Journey.

Yumi Kurosawa Award Winning   Music Composer  

Brittany Smith is a Hip Hop/ Afrobeat choreographer and Contortionist residing in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A native of New Jersey, this one of a kind talent uses her Liberian roots and extreme flexibility to create a Hip Hop, African and lyrically infused dance style all her own . She has developed her unique style to create her signature "African Dancehall" class and Dance/ Fitness video series. She is the Lead Hip Hop Choreographer and Creative Assistant for ViZion Dance International and has collaborated with Rockwell Dance Academy (Director, B-Girl Legend, Honey Rockwell) for several years. Brittany's credits include: Dancing In Heaven Music Video (Eternal Jam Machine), Skitzo Freestyle So Sick (Billboard Artist, Sick Flo), The Global Humanitarian Summit, Paradise on Earth Asian Dance Festival (choreographer), A Day of Respect awards show (Choreographer/Hip Hop Pioneer, Kid Dynamo Tribute), Hip Hop Choreographer- The Legacy: Reclaiming The Dream musical production (directed by Tony Award winner, George Faison), Dance411's Behind The Movement, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Selma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 88th Commemorative Birthday Celebration (King Center/ Atlanta), Smithsonian Southern Museum of Civil War Inaugural Black History Celebration, Trinity Girls Network Lifetime Presidential Awards, Bronner Bros. Hair Show, Pour It Out music video (Gospel Superstar, Canton Jones) and much more! Her commitment to artistic excellence and giving back to her local, national and international community through her selfless service ensures her venerable success for years to come!

Brittany Smith is a Hip Hop/ Afrobeat choreographer and Contortionist residing in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A native of New Jersey, this one of a kind talent uses her Liberian roots and extreme flexibility to create a Hip Hop, African and lyrically infused dance style all her own . She has developed her unique style to create her signature "African Dancehall" class and Dance/ Fitness video series. She is the Lead Hip Hop Choreographer and Creative Assistant for ViZion Dance International and has collaborated with Rockwell Dance Academy (Director, B-Girl Legend, Honey Rockwell) for several years. Brittany's credits include: Dancing In Heaven Music Video (Eternal Jam Machine), Skitzo Freestyle So Sick (Billboard Artist, Sick Flo), The Global Humanitarian Summit, Paradise on Earth Asian Dance Festival (choreographer), A Day of Respect awards show (Choreographer/Hip Hop Pioneer, Kid Dynamo Tribute), Hip Hop Choreographer- The Legacy: Reclaiming The Dream musical production (directed by Tony Award winner, George Faison), Dance411's Behind The Movement, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Selma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 88th Commemorative Birthday Celebration (King Center/ Atlanta), Smithsonian Southern Museum of Civil War Inaugural Black History Celebration, Trinity Girls Network Lifetime Presidential Awards, Bronner Bros. Hair Show, Pour It Out music video (Gospel Superstar, Canton Jones) and much more! Her commitment to artistic excellence and giving back to her local, national and international community through her selfless service ensures her venerable success for years to come!

Brittany Smith Hip-Hop/Afro Beat Choreographer and Contortionist

DeWayne Jamar Brown is a sought after Contemporary / Hip Hop choreographer from Decatur, Georgia. He has successfully blended a unique fusion of Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop to create his signature "Groovology" dance style, class and dance/fitness video series. He is the Associate Artistic Director for ViZion Dance International and has served as the Hop Hop Dance Instructor for Eve Hao Chinese Dance Company for several years as well as a Hip Hop Dance Instructor for Rockwell Dance Academy (B-Girl Legend, Honey Rockwell). DeWayne's credits include: The Global Humanitarian Summit, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War movie, Paradise on Earth Asian Dance Festival, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew promo, Creative Assistant- The Legacy: Reclaiming The Dream musical production (Directed by Tony Award winner, George Faison), Dance411's Behind The Movement, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Selma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 88th Commemorative Birthday Celebration (King Center/ Atlanta), Howard University's Reunion Convocation with Naomi King (Washington, DC), Smithsonian Southern Museum of Civil War Inaugural Black History Celebration, TV's Internationally syndicated Allstate Gospel Superfest, The Apollo Theatre The Kandi Factory (Bravo TV), BET's "A Time To Laugh", Trinity Girls Network Lifetime Presidential Awards, North Charleston Arts Festival, Bronner Bros. Hair Show, Industrial/ music videos and much more! Moreover, as a talented and versatile character actor, DeWayne also served as Mr. Sixx, the dancing mascot of Six Flags Amusement Park as well as a host of other costumed characters. His dedicated service to the local, national and international arts community and youth creates a legacy and standard of excellence for future generations to adhere to!

DeWayne Jamar Brown is a sought after Contemporary / Hip Hop choreographer from Decatur, Georgia. He has successfully blended a unique fusion of Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop to create his signature "Groovology" dance style, class and dance/fitness video series. He is the Associate Artistic Director for ViZion Dance International and has served as the Hop Hop Dance Instructor for Eve Hao Chinese Dance Company for several years as well as a Hip Hop Dance Instructor for Rockwell Dance Academy (B-Girl Legend, Honey Rockwell). DeWayne's credits include: The Global Humanitarian Summit, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War movie, Paradise on Earth Asian Dance Festival, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew promo, Creative Assistant- The Legacy: Reclaiming The Dream musical production (Directed by Tony Award winner, George Faison), Dance411's Behind The Movement, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Selma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 88th Commemorative Birthday Celebration (King Center/ Atlanta), Howard University's Reunion Convocation with Naomi King (Washington, DC), Smithsonian Southern Museum of Civil War Inaugural Black History Celebration, TV's Internationally syndicated Allstate Gospel Superfest, The Apollo Theatre The Kandi Factory (Bravo TV), BET's "A Time To Laugh", Trinity Girls Network Lifetime Presidential Awards, North Charleston Arts Festival, Bronner Bros. Hair Show, Industrial/ music videos and much more! Moreover, as a talented and versatile character actor, DeWayne also served as Mr. Sixx, the dancing mascot of Six Flags Amusement Park as well as a host of other costumed characters. His dedicated service to the local, national and international arts community and youth creates a legacy and standard of excellence for future generations to adhere to!

DeWayne Jamar Brown Contemporary /  Hip-Hop dance Choreographer


Ailey II

Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Friday, October 20th, 8:00pm-9:00pm

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II "second to none," and The New York Times declares, "There's nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater."

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TROY POWELL, Artistic Director On July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theater, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.” His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Complexions. Mr. Powell has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has also appeared on television in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, the PBS Great Performances: Dance in America special A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, choreographed by Judith Jamison, “America’s Next Top Model,” and most recently the Polish version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Performers

SYLVIA WATERS, Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as Artistic Director of Ailey II and led the company for 38 years. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Waters earned a B.S. in Dance prior to moving to Paris, where she appeared regularly on television. She has also performed in Brussels and at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. In 1968, Ms. Waters joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the Company until assuming leadership of Ailey II. In 1997, she received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Oswego, and she has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Waters is a recipient of the Legacy Award as part of the 20th Annual IABD Festival, Syracuse University’s Women of Distinction Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and a “Bessie” Award. Currently, Ms. Waters leads The Ailey Legacy Residency, a lecture, technique and repertory program for college-level students that looks definitively into the history and creative heritage of Alvin Ailey.

 

FANA FRASER, (Rehearsal Director) Fana Fraser (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing. An honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, she has performed with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Sidra Bell Dance New York, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Miller for Hermès, Ryan McNamara for Performa 13, Art Basel, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. She has appeared in digital commercials for Google and Twitter. Ms. Fraser was also a member of Ailey II. As a choreographer, her works have been presented at Emerging Artists Theatre, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance) and Trinidad Theatre Workshop. She was a selected artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago and at Open Call – a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián. Ms. Fraser has served as a teaching artist with Purelements and Notes in Motion Teaching Ensemble, and as a rehearsal assistant to choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. She is also a certified Gyrotonic® trainer. Most recently, Ms. Fraser became a Movement Research 2017 Artist-in-Residence Van Lier Fellow.


Spoken Word hosted by Queen Sheba

Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 Friday, October 20th, 9:00pm-10:00pm

 

 

Poets

Queen Sheba was born in Detroit, MI, now living in Atlanta GA - Queen Sheba is the founder of Poetry vs. Hip-Hop a nationally touring stage show and organization, a Int’l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two time National Poetry Slam Champ, three time Regional Poetry Slam Champ and a WOWps finalist. Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow, brought to you by Lexus on TV One, and has been on Spoken, a featured poet on Lyric Café on BET, 106&Park, the Apollo and the feature length film Spit. Sheba has six albums, two of which were up for a Grammy under the Spoken Word category and she is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Her works have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines including Vibe Online and the focus of college student’s papers. Queen Sheba has two books: From Foster Care to Fame short stories and poems too long for three minutes and Run Ugly! A motivational book for runners. With a Masters in Poetry from Queens University Spoken Word artist, motivational speaker, comedian, and bathroom concert singer, Sheba tours internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 200 colleges and universities domestic and abroad.

Queen Sheba was born in Detroit, MI, now living in Atlanta GA - Queen Sheba is the founder of Poetry vs. Hip-Hop a nationally touring stage show and organization, a Int’l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two time National Poetry Slam Champ, three time Regional Poetry Slam Champ and a WOWps finalist. Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow, brought to you by Lexus on TV One, and has been on Spoken, a featured poet on Lyric Café on BET, 106&Park, the Apollo and the feature length film Spit. Sheba has six albums, two of which were up for a Grammy under the Spoken Word category and she is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Her works have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines including Vibe Online and the focus of college student’s papers. Queen Sheba has two books: From Foster Care to Fame short stories and poems too long for three minutes and Run Ugly! A motivational book for runners. With a Masters in Poetry from Queens University Spoken Word artist, motivational speaker, comedian, and bathroom concert singer, Sheba tours internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 200 colleges and universities domestic and abroad.

QUEEN SHEBA

  Telesa Hines is an "Army brat," raised in Germany, with roots in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Georgia. In 2015, Telesa packed up her car, stepped out on faith, and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her purpose full time. Although it was very tough at first, she stayed steadfast on the path, and now travels the country speaking and performing. Her poetry is filled with passion, intensity and intent. So much so, that she caught the attention of superstar Tyrese Gibson and was invited to perform for him and the cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise in his private home in Atlanta. Telesa has been seen on the Fox drama series "Star," is a member of the cast of Punany Poets, featured on HBO and is a performer for Team Poetry on the national, live poetry show, Poetry vs. Hip Hop. Most recently she was featured in the independent film, "The Last Time," starring and produced by Tommy Ford just before his untimely transition. Telesa is a recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Poet and 2017 Poet of the Year GANSPA Awards. Her goal is to uplift, inspire and empower others with the tools to successfully walk in their purpose. She honors her creator in and through everything that she does and is focused on leaving an imprint on each and every single environment she encounters. When she is not educating through performing, Telesa is educating young minds in the classroom. By day, she is a first grade teacher in an inner city public school.

 

Telesa Hines is an "Army brat," raised in Germany, with roots in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Georgia. In 2015, Telesa packed up her car, stepped out on faith, and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her purpose full time. Although it was very tough at first, she stayed steadfast on the path, and now travels the country speaking and performing. Her poetry is filled with passion, intensity and intent. So much so, that she caught the attention of superstar Tyrese Gibson and was invited to perform for him and the cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise in his private home in Atlanta. Telesa has been seen on the Fox drama series "Star," is a member of the cast of Punany Poets, featured on HBO and is a performer for Team Poetry on the national, live poetry show, Poetry vs. Hip Hop. Most recently she was featured in the independent film, "The Last Time," starring and produced by Tommy Ford just before his untimely transition. Telesa is a recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Poet and 2017 Poet of the Year GANSPA Awards. Her goal is to uplift, inspire and empower others with the tools to successfully walk in their purpose. She honors her creator in and through everything that she does and is focused on leaving an imprint on each and every single environment she encounters. When she is not educating through performing, Telesa is educating young minds in the classroom. By day, she is a first grade teacher in an inner city public school.

Telesa Hines

  Nate Mask a spoken word poet who spends his days playing basketball trying not to swear in front of children. He has been a member of the Java Monkey and Art Amok Slam Teams, and has competed and performed at the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, LEAF, Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta show, Write Club Atlanta, The Decatur Book Festival, Poems and Pasties, and Madmen and Poets. His writing weaves everyday experiences with humor to get his point across. Nate has two chapbooks you can buy: “Well, This Is Awkward…” and “Love Is For Suckers”  

 

Nate Mask a spoken word poet who spends his days playing basketball trying not to swear in front of children. He has been a member of the Java Monkey and Art Amok Slam Teams, and has competed and performed at the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, LEAF, Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta show, Write Club Atlanta, The Decatur Book Festival, Poems and Pasties, and Madmen and Poets. His writing weaves everyday experiences with humor to get his point across. Nate has two chapbooks you can buy: “Well, This Is Awkward…” and “Love Is For Suckers”
 

Nate Mask

Alfred “Nfared” Vines Award winning Spoken Word Artist, host, and comedian Alfred "Nfared" Vines hails from Atlanta Georgia and for the past 17 years has performed across the southeast region at open mics, colleges and universities, churches, and government meetings. He was the host for first Thursday Open Mic at Urban Grind in Atlanta for ten years before passing on duties to another host last year. Nfared is also a member of The Brown Sugar Vibe Hall Of Fame, an honor he was awarded for his performances at The Brown Sugar Vibe hosted monthly at Kat’s Café. Nfared has won several slams, mostly recently the $100 Rough Language Mini Slam in Atlanta. He has also hosted many open mics and events at well renowned locations including Evilla (now The City) for Spotlight Tuesday’s, Dream Café, and Apache Café. His television and radio appearances include The Quiet Storm on V103, B100 Radio where he was host for Spoken Sounds Of Soul, MTV, and LifeTime Television. Nfared’s performances have also expanded beyond the usual spoken word venues, having allowed him to open for and host events for several music artists including Maleke O'Ney, Shamora, and Adonica Nunn. In his career Nfared has been honored to share the stage with several Spoken Word greats including Jon Goode, Tamika “Georgia Me” Harper, Theresa Davis, Queen Sheba, E. Period, and Abyss. Nfared has expanded his career into stand-up comedy with two shows at Laughing Skull Comedy Longue, and as a stage actor he has performed in the stage plays “Soundtrack Covered In Black”, and “I’ll Be Single Before I Settle.” He is also a member of the “The Social Rejects”, an acting and improv group brought together by writer and director Learical Jones.

Alfred “Nfared” Vines Award winning Spoken Word Artist, host, and comedian Alfred "Nfared" Vines hails from Atlanta Georgia and for the past 17 years has performed across the southeast region at open mics, colleges and universities, churches, and government meetings. He was the host for first Thursday Open Mic at Urban Grind in Atlanta for ten years before passing on duties to another host last year. Nfared is also a member of The Brown Sugar Vibe Hall Of Fame, an honor he was awarded for his performances at The Brown Sugar Vibe hosted monthly at Kat’s Café. Nfared has won several slams, mostly recently the $100 Rough Language Mini Slam in Atlanta. He has also hosted many open mics and events at well renowned locations including Evilla (now The City) for Spotlight Tuesday’s, Dream Café, and Apache Café. His television and radio appearances include The Quiet Storm on V103, B100 Radio where he was host for Spoken Sounds Of Soul, MTV, and LifeTime Television. Nfared’s performances have also expanded beyond the usual spoken word venues, having allowed him to open for and host events for several music artists including Maleke O'Ney, Shamora, and Adonica Nunn. In his career Nfared has been honored to share the stage with several Spoken Word greats including Jon Goode, Tamika “Georgia Me” Harper, Theresa Davis, Queen Sheba, E. Period, and Abyss. Nfared has expanded his career into stand-up comedy with two shows at Laughing Skull Comedy Longue, and as a stage actor he has performed in the stage plays “Soundtrack Covered In Black”, and “I’ll Be Single Before I Settle.” He is also a member of the “The Social Rejects”, an acting and improv group brought together by writer and director Learical Jones.

Alfred "Nfared" Vines

Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a spoken word comedian hailing from Columbus, GA. This alumnus of Georgia Southern University represented the city of Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam competition as a member of the Art Amok and Java Monkey Poetry Slam Teams in 2012, 2014, & 2015. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Grand Slam Champion at Art Amok. He has graced stages in productions such as the world premiere of ACE:The Eugene Bullard Story, Blues For An Alabama Sky, The Foreigner, and Clybourne Park to name a few. He portrays Crispus Attucks in an interactive video display at the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a director, Jonathan has overseen numerous productions, including three of his original works to stage, STIMULUS, Blues For Mama, and WORDS through his company, Yellow Mojo Productions. He has opened up for the likes of comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, and was a featured stand up comic at the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the founder/director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, an organization that inspires youth to use their creativity as a positive outlet in their daily lives.This teaching artist also travels the country leading poetry workshops and performing his original work.He most recently penned and staged a one man show, Journey Here, which candidly chronicled his time as caregiver for his mother, whom was living with Alzheimer's.

Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a spoken word comedian hailing from Columbus, GA. This alumnus of Georgia Southern University represented the city of Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam competition as a member of the Art Amok and Java Monkey Poetry Slam Teams in 2012, 2014, & 2015. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Grand Slam Champion at Art Amok. He has graced stages in productions such as the world premiere of ACE:The Eugene Bullard Story, Blues For An Alabama Sky, The Foreigner, and Clybourne Park to name a few. He portrays Crispus Attucks in an interactive video display at the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a director, Jonathan has overseen numerous productions, including three of his original works to stage, STIMULUS, Blues For Mama, and WORDS through his company, Yellow Mojo Productions. He has opened up for the likes of comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, and was a featured stand up comic at the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the founder/director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, an organization that inspires youth to use their creativity as a positive outlet in their daily lives.This teaching artist also travels the country leading poetry workshops and performing his original work.He most recently penned and staged a one man show, Journey Here, which candidly chronicled his time as caregiver for his mother, whom was living with Alzheimer's.

Jonathan Samuel Eddie

TAMIKA "GEORGIA ME" HARPER: > CEO OF LADYGIRL PRODUCTIONS > TONY, EMMY, PEABODY, KUUMBA, BEFFTA AWARD WINNER > 7 HBO DEF POETRY APPEARANCES > ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER FOR DEF POETRY ON BROADWAY > GANSPA HALL OF FAME > PROCLAMATIONS FROM CITY OF ATLANTA, COLLEGE PARK, EAST POINT AND FULTON COUNTY DECLARING MAY 4TH TAMIKA "GEORGIAME " HARPER DAY > CREATOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST URBAN FRINGE > "THE TAMIKA FESTIVAL"! COMING UP ON 10 YEARS! > TOURED WITH LIVING LEGEND "MISS JILL SCOTT"! > SHARED THE STAGE WITH TOO MANY BUT TO NAME A FEW...ALICIA KEYS, DICK GREGORY, DANNY GLOVER, KANYE WEST, NIKKI GIOVANNI, EVE ENSLER, ANI DIFRANCO, QUEEN LATIFAH, GOODIE MOB, the last poets AND SO MANY MORE > SERVES THE COMMUNITY AS A SPOKEMAN OR LABORER WITH FTP, SAVING OUR DAUGHTERS,JEMS AND JEWELS. AND HAS WORKED WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT BENEFIT CANCER, SICKLE CELL, DIABETES AND AUTISM. > Performed in 44 of the 50 United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico! > Heard and seen all over radio and TV (MTV, BET, TV-1,HBO, NBC, OXYGEN, ABC,LIFETIME AND TBS) > MORE THAN anything GEORGIAME is JESUS LIL SISTER, WISDOM'S MAMA, LADYGIRL DAUGHTER AND CECIL NIECE🙄 > GeorgiaME > The Queen of Spoken Word > GeorgiaME the Poet

TAMIKA "GEORGIA ME" HARPER: > CEO OF LADYGIRL PRODUCTIONS > TONY, EMMY, PEABODY, KUUMBA, BEFFTA AWARD WINNER > 7 HBO DEF POETRY APPEARANCES > ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER FOR DEF POETRY ON BROADWAY > GANSPA HALL OF FAME > PROCLAMATIONS FROM CITY OF ATLANTA, COLLEGE PARK, EAST POINT AND FULTON COUNTY DECLARING MAY 4TH TAMIKA "GEORGIAME " HARPER DAY > CREATOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST URBAN FRINGE > "THE TAMIKA FESTIVAL"! COMING UP ON 10 YEARS! > TOURED WITH LIVING LEGEND "MISS JILL SCOTT"! > SHARED THE STAGE WITH TOO MANY BUT TO NAME A FEW...ALICIA KEYS, DICK GREGORY, DANNY GLOVER, KANYE WEST, NIKKI GIOVANNI, EVE ENSLER, ANI DIFRANCO, QUEEN LATIFAH, GOODIE MOB, the last poets AND SO MANY MORE > SERVES THE COMMUNITY AS A SPOKEMAN OR LABORER WITH FTP, SAVING OUR DAUGHTERS,JEMS AND JEWELS. AND HAS WORKED WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT BENEFIT CANCER, SICKLE CELL, DIABETES AND AUTISM. > Performed in 44 of the 50 United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico! > Heard and seen all over radio and TV (MTV, BET, TV-1,HBO, NBC, OXYGEN, ABC,LIFETIME AND TBS) > MORE THAN anything GEORGIAME is JESUS LIL SISTER, WISDOM'S MAMA, LADYGIRL DAUGHTER AND CECIL NIECE🙄 > GeorgiaME > The Queen of Spoken Word > GeorgiaME the Poet

Tamika "Georgia Me" Harper


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Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Saturday, October 21st, 6pm-11pm

ELEVATE Block Party will close out this year’s festival on Saturday, October 21 from 6-11 pm in Woodruff Park. Hear fresh spins ranging from Afro-Latin to R&B and Techno by members of WERC CREW, Morph and Choloteca.

 

DJ's

  Jeremy Avalon and Xavier BLK represent WERC CREW. Over the past 3 years the talent collective and event production crew have utilized grassroots efforts to give a jolt to the Atlanta nightlife culture. In 2015 WERC was recognized by the multi-media platform, Creative Loafing as the city's Best Party Planners. Together, Jeremy and Xavier bring global riddims every month with the underground bashment party WHINE. Percussion and bass heavy afrobeats, dancehall, reggaeton, reggae and soca tunes radiate from the speakers all night.

 

Jeremy Avalon and Xavier BLK represent WERC CREW. Over the past 3 years the talent collective and event production crew have utilized grassroots efforts to give a jolt to the Atlanta nightlife culture. In 2015 WERC was recognized by the multi-media platform, Creative Loafing as the city's Best Party Planners. Together, Jeremy and Xavier bring global riddims every month with the underground bashment party WHINE. Percussion and bass heavy afrobeats, dancehall, reggaeton, reggae and soca tunes radiate from the speakers all night.

Jeremy Avalon and Xavier BLK

  JSPORT is a product of multicultural upbringing, and is heavily influenced by the sounds of new millennium R&B. As a DJ he wants listeners to have an encyclopedic trans-temporal experience that transports them to a space and time that is as varied as he is.  

 

JSPORT is a product of multicultural upbringing, and is heavily influenced by the sounds of new millennium R&B. As a DJ he wants listeners to have an encyclopedic trans-temporal experience that transports them to a space and time that is as varied as he is.
 

JSPORT

Night Slugs' DJ and producer, HELIX displays a signature morph sound with his blend of techno, R&B, Rap, dancehall and reggaeton. Helix curates sounds with no boundaries which has caught the likes of high end fashion brands like Moshino and Opening Ceremony.

Night Slugs' DJ and producer, HELIX displays a signature morph sound with his blend of techno, R&B, Rap, dancehall and reggaeton. Helix curates sounds with no boundaries which has caught the likes of high end fashion brands like Moshino and Opening Ceremony.

DJ HELIX

"Anónima" (anonymous) is a DJ hailing from Orlando, FL based in Atlanta, GA. Specializing in house/ballroom vogue music, Anónima's selection stems from her Afro-Latina background, growing up in Floridas bass culture, and appreciation for dance . A resident DJ to Latinx event "La Choloteca" and others alike in the scene.

"Anónima" (anonymous) is a DJ hailing from Orlando, FL based in Atlanta, GA. Specializing in house/ballroom vogue music, Anónima's selection stems from her Afro-Latina background, growing up in Floridas bass culture, and appreciation for dance . A resident DJ to Latinx event "La Choloteca" and others alike in the scene.

DJ Anónima

DJ Esme (Kenneth Figueroa) is a first generation Peruvian-American living in Atlanta, Georgia. He works as a stylist at Melrose and McQueen Salon in Inman Park. As one of the founders of La Choloteca: Ley de Latinx, he believes that the intersections of identity are what make the city of Atlanta a beautiful place and that spaces need to be created in which those are more explored, accepted, and celebrated. In his style of music, he loves to flirt with his Latin roots with darker textures and dissonant sounds. Esme is a regular at goth nights and karaoke where he can sing Selena and Shakira.

DJ Esme (Kenneth Figueroa) is a first generation Peruvian-American living in Atlanta, Georgia. He works as a stylist at Melrose and McQueen Salon in Inman Park. As one of the founders of La Choloteca: Ley de Latinx, he believes that the intersections of identity are what make the city of Atlanta a beautiful place and that spaces need to be created in which those are more explored, accepted, and celebrated. In his style of music, he loves to flirt with his Latin roots with darker textures and dissonant sounds. Esme is a regular at goth nights and karaoke where he can sing Selena and Shakira.

DJ ESME


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Unseen Underground

97 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Saturday, October 21st, 10:30am-12:30pm

Unseen Underground is a unique walking tour of the area known as the Railroad Gulch. This includes the railroad junction that was the very reason for Atlanta's existence, the zero milepost marker at the center of it all, the elevated viaducts that allowed the streets to span over the tracks and created the "underground" condition, and the various railroad stations that are all long since gone. In the process, we explore a surreal network of spaces concealed beneath the city streets. And along the way we learn some fun history about how this area has shaped the growth of our city from the very beginning.

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Jeff Morrison is an architect with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects who has combined his passions for railroad history, urban exploring, and city planning into the Unseen Underground Walking Tour. He has been leading the tour as a hobby for over ten years, recognized as Best of Atlanta by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.  

Jeff Morrison is an architect with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects who has combined his passions for railroad history, urban exploring, and city planning into the Unseen Underground Walking Tour. He has been leading the tour as a hobby for over ten years, recognized as Best of Atlanta by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.
 

Jeff Morrison


 

Public Art Tour

Woodruff Park (Corner of Peachtree Street and Edgewood Avenue)

Saturday, October 21st 12:30pm-1:30pm

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Atlanta's Journey for Civil Rights Bike Tour

Studioplex, 659 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Saturday, October 21st,  2:00pm-6:00pm

Join us on a fascinating journey through Atlanta’s civil rights history as we connect the dots from the Antebellum South to the present-day. We’ll share key events leading up to the Civil War, Reconstruction and the subsequent events and how they gave rise to Atlanta’s history-making African-American leaders. You will hear stories of how these men and women overcame, organized, influenced the white power structure and ultimately laid the foundation for the birth of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement.

Guest will learn about decisions made by federal and local governments that impacted economic, housing and education outcomes for Atlanta’s citizens. We’ll reflect on the progress we’ve made so far as an American people and as a nation, as we continue to strive for comprehensive social justice for all our citizens.

Participants will be invited to ask questions and dive into the conversation. You’ll experience Atlanta and “The South” from a fresh perspective, while exploring the history, current culture and the destinations that make this great southern city a welcoming place to live, work and play!

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ARTISTS

 

BlackCatTips

195 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

What is a BlackCatTips? A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a streetfolk artist from waydown in the American South. In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy. Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain USA, Georgia with his wife and old dog. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.

What is a BlackCatTips? A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and
a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a streetfolk artist from waydown in the American South.

In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy.

Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain USA, Georgia with his wife and old dog. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.

 

Gyun Hur

82 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Gyun Hur has performed and exhibited in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, and the United States. Gyun’s work has been widely recognized for her floor installations comprised of hand-shredded silk flowers. Through her menial process of making and transforming materials, the artist constructs a visual landscape to evoke a sense of labor, loss, and memories. Gyun completed a New York City residency through Elizabeth's Foundation for the Arts in 2009. She attended Vermont Studio Center (2008 and 2013), The Vytlacil Campus of The Art Students League of New York (2011), Ox-Bow Artist-in- Residence (2010), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2010), and Pilchuck Glass School (2008). She is the recipient of The Hudgens Prize (2010), Artadia Award (2011), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship (2010). Her works have been featured in Art In America, Art Paper, Sculpture, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pelican Bomb, Creative Loafing, Jezebel, and The Atlantan. She was listed as the Best Emerging Artist (2011) by Creative Loafing and selected in Oxford American’s 100 Under 100: Superstars of Southern Art issue. Her interest in art making in public space led her to various artist presentations at the TEDxCentennialWomen, the international street art conference Living Walls: The City Speaks, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and many others. Born in South Korea, she moved the United States at the age of 13. Gyun attended the University of Georgia (Painting, BFA) and Savannah College of Art and Design (Sculpture, MFA). She currently lives and works in New York City.

Gyun Hur has performed and exhibited in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, and the United States. Gyun’s work has been widely recognized for her floor installations comprised of hand-shredded silk flowers. Through her menial process of making and transforming materials, the artist constructs a visual landscape to evoke a sense of labor, loss, and memories.
Gyun completed a New York City residency through Elizabeth's Foundation for the Arts in 2009. She attended Vermont Studio Center (2008 and 2013), The Vytlacil Campus of The Art Students League of New York (2011), Ox-Bow Artist-in- Residence (2010), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2010), and Pilchuck Glass School (2008). She is the recipient of The Hudgens Prize (2010), Artadia Award (2011), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship (2010). Her works have been featured in Art In America, Art Paper, Sculpture, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pelican Bomb, Creative Loafing, Jezebel, and The Atlantan. She was listed as the Best Emerging Artist (2011) by Creative Loafing and selected in Oxford American’s 100 Under 100: Superstars of Southern Art issue. Her interest in art making in public space led her to various artist presentations at the TEDxCentennialWomen, the international street art conference Living Walls: The City Speaks, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and many others. Born in South Korea, she moved the United States at the age of 13. Gyun attended the University of Georgia (Painting, BFA) and Savannah College of Art and Design (Sculpture, MFA). She currently lives and works in New York City.

 

Jo Di Bona

57 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Jo Di Bona is a street artist based in Paris, France. After spending 12 years as the front man for his band Hôtel, Jo decided to put music aside and devote himself full-time to street art. His unique style-a fusion of stenciling, spray painting and collage that he refers to as Pop Graffiti- has received international attention and acclaim. His previous collaborations include work with Miami-based "Street Art for Mankind," a global initiative that aims to raise awareness and funds to end child slavery through art, and the NGO Première Urgence Internationale, which helps victims of war, natural disaster and economic collapse. His mural commemorating the November 2015 Paris attacks was featured on the front page of the New York Times.  

Jo Di Bona is a street artist based in Paris, France. After spending 12 years as the front man for his band Hôtel, Jo decided to put music aside and devote himself full-time to street art. His unique style-a fusion of stenciling, spray painting and collage that he refers to as Pop Graffiti- has received international attention and acclaim. His previous collaborations include work with Miami-based "Street Art for Mankind," a global initiative that aims to raise awareness and funds to end child slavery through art, and the NGO Première Urgence Internationale, which helps victims of war, natural disaster and economic collapse. His mural commemorating the November 2015 Paris attacks was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
 

 

Lenia & Ernesto Torres

61 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Ernesto & Lenia Torres, are graduates of visual arts (painting) and audiovisual communication respectively. They lead Buckhead Murals with the goal of extending the hand painting tradition that they are so passionate about. Many of their projects can be found in Georgia, New York, Alabama and North Carolina. Some of Ernesto's largest works may be viewed at The Silhouette Building in Atlanta, Upper Westside Connection, STATS, Glenn Hotel, Der Biergarten, Ponce City Market, Wind Creek Casino in Alabama, The Culinary Institute of America in New York, Google Fiber, Georgia Tech, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

Ernesto & Lenia Torres, are graduates of visual arts (painting) and audiovisual communication respectively. They lead Buckhead Murals with the goal of extending the hand painting tradition that they are so passionate about. Many of their projects can be found in Georgia, New York, Alabama and North Carolina. Some of Ernesto's largest works may be viewed at The Silhouette Building in Atlanta, Upper Westside Connection, STATS, Glenn Hotel, Der Biergarten, Ponce City Market, Wind Creek Casino in Alabama, The Culinary Institute of America in New York, Google Fiber, Georgia Tech, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

 

Lydia Futral

 

83 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Lydia Futral: I love making illustrations that evoke a sense of intrigue; images that make you linger, hungry to know the story behind them. My work is often inspired by the past in myths and legends that I try to bring to the present and push into the future with modern techniques, graphic color, and science fiction motifs.  These resonate with me as I seek to bring wonder to the present day and challenge the edge of realism.  I received a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and currently work as a Concept Designer for ID3 Group where I have a hand in creating everything from virtuality simulations to giant wildlife sculptures.  When I’m not working, I can be found poring over old books trying to find stories to illustrate or hiking in the mountains of north Georgia.   

Lydia Futral:
I love making illustrations that evoke a sense of intrigue; images that make you linger, hungry to know the story behind them. My work is often inspired by the past in myths and legends that I try to bring to the present and push into the future with modern techniques, graphic color, and science fiction motifs.  These resonate with me as I seek to bring wonder to the present day and challenge the edge of realism.  I received a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and currently work as a Concept Designer for ID3 Group where I have a hand in creating everything from virtuality simulations to giant wildlife sculptures.  When I’m not working, I can be found poring over old books trying to find stories to illustrate or hiking in the mountains of north Georgia.