C4 Atlanta welcomes 8 new projects to our ArtsForce programming. Through this fiscal sponsorship program artists and creative organizations have raised over $220,000 in the last 2 and 1/2 years. We are excited to introduce the following new projects to C4 Atlanta’s ArtsForce program:
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a play that deals with issues that affect our community, specifically, coming out LGBTQ at a young age. In Atlanta, 1 out of 4 homeless are LGBTQ. This project will be working with Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization whose mission is to get homeless LGBTQ off the streets of Atlanta. The goal of this show is to not only to entertain an audience but to educate them as well.
The Effect That Absence of Love & Intimacy Has on Relationships
The Effect That Absence of Love & Intimacy has on Relationships is a stylistic documentary that focuses on human behavior. The film presents both non-fiction and fictional accounts of individuals and couples who have been damaged by relationships. Viewers are able to get a peak into their pasts to see why the participants turned out that way.
The Humble Telescopes
THT initiative will curate 6 art-centric workshops to organizations serving Atlanta’s at-risk youth. The sessions aim to explore positive and creative avenues despite initial systemic realities. During the 2 hour sessions, artists build relationships with the youth through technical workshops and group discussions to share personal narratives. The initiative supports artists by offering compensation and an opportunity to share their process with those who are not often exposed to their work. The at-risk youth population work collaboratively, gain technical skills, and develop a more empowered sense of self. They then begin to make more positive connections with the larger community.
The project will use a fusion of traditional West African, Afro Cuban, and African American song, music and dance, creating a new sound that will teach and erase myths regarding the tradition. The project will host various music workshops, song/dance classes on its travel throughout the country. This project will educate the public on the many phases of African traditional spiritual expression as it has traveled throughout the world through (using) music, dance, and interactive workshops. This will assist with eliminating ignorance around culture, and encourage the desire to learn more others as well as themselves.
Lenspeace: A Year in Giving
This project aims to combine both by curating a collective of creatives all motivated for the subject of social change, provide them with the theme to create art around, and then allow organizations who couldn’t otherwise afford such impactful design to utilize the artwork for their own communications efforts. The project serves to connect the public to social causes through impactful design and to provide organizations and causes with the materials they need to effectively communicate their voice visually. This project both beautifies and amplifies the modern civil rights movement, while helping to educate the public on the need for social justice.
My Time 2B Blessed
“My Time 2B Blessed” is a stage musical, written from a true story about family; capitalizing on one mother’s faith , which made her resilient in rearing 10 children, she instilled in each of us the power of love, being musically inclined we made music 24/7 singing, beating pots,pans, tables and the walls. This musical exemplifies family. The public benefits in this musical is family, love, the power of prayer, it teaches never to give up on the gifts and talents we’ve been given, it advocates that suicide is never the answer, and being different is an originality showing that each individual is unique.
TAAR Project, Therapeutic Adolescent Artists Residency
In its second year, the Therapeutic Artists Residency (TAR project) will offer four Atlanta based teen (15-19) artists monthly individual sessions and group experiential activities followed by group sessions. These artist will develop skills to use expression as a form of self-care, explore therapeutic themes in their work and have direct support. This second round of the TAR will further the public statement of the need and importance to support artists with therapeutic relationships and combat stigma. TAR offers the artists the emotional support and art-making-process development; and the project is a study itself on the possibilities of supporting the public art scene in new radical ways.
In the past few years, Georgia has seen an explosion of film production by major studios due to tax incentives, ideal locations and weather, and easy accessibility via the world’s busiest airport. While hiring local talent for these productions is great for our local film economy, it is important that southern cinema maintain an independent voice and that the film-making community of the south is not reduced to an outsourcing market for big studios. This year’s summit will bring southeastern filmmakers, scholars, critics, students, and enthusiasts together in order to conceptualize the cinema of the New South.