Advocating for Art(ists) at Little Five Arts Alive

C4 Atlanta’s Advocacy Committee has a goal: to connect individuals in the arts with resources to help reach their policy makers and to raise awareness for issues and policies that affect creative career sustainability. We see arts advocacy as central to our mission of helping to connect artists…. Without policies in place that create a friendly environment for arts workers, it is difficult for their careers to flourish. When other cities have a more favorable arts climate, artists begin to look outside Atlanta (and often, outside Georgia) to build thriving careers. You can read more about C4 Atlanta’s Advocacy Platform here: C4 Atlanta Advocacy Platform.

In support of this goal, C4 Atlanta recently participated in Little Five Arts Alive‘s Arts Activism Weekend. Little Five Arts Alive is a project of Horizon Theatre and the Little 5 Points Community Improvement District, funded by a grant from ArtPlace America. This weekend featured artists both artists and arts organizations engaging in activism and advocacy activities.

With the help of several amazing volunteers, C4 Atlanta offered several activities to the patrons, passersby, residents and business owners of Little Five Points. Our wonderful (and talented!) volunteer and member, Latanya Hardaway, painted faces in Findley Plaza while parents and those waiting in line learned more about local/state/national policies that affect the arts and artists. Two signs stood on easels, asking those in the plaza both “What do you like about the arts in Georgia?” and “What would you like to see for the arts in Georgia?” All were invited to write or draw their visions for the future. Other volunteers helped to educate and advocate for the arts by engaging in conversations to sign a petition for increased funding at the State level. And staff members Jessyca Holland and Audrey Gámez, Fulton County’s newest Deputy Registrars for Voter Registration, helped those eligible to register to vote.

Here are some photos of all of the fun we had sharing our love and vision for the arts with the folks in Little Five Points:

Artist Latanya Hardaway paints the faces of a few young arts enthusiasts.
Artist Latanya Hardaway paints the faces of a few young arts enthusiasts.

 

Actor Nick Suwalski educates passersby on the need for increased state funding for the arts.
Actor Nick Suwalski educates passersby on the need for increased state funding for the arts.

 

A community member adds his thoughts about the arts ecology of Georgia.
A community member adds his thoughts about the arts ecology of Georgia.
Our Arts Advocacy Table was full of information about policies and legislation that affect the arts and artists.
Our Arts Advocacy Table was full of information about policies and legislation that affect the arts and artists.
Artist Volunteer Chi Ife Okwumabua greets those registering to vote with a friendly face.
Artist Volunteer Chi Ife Okwumabua is ready to help register new voters in Findley Plaza.

 

Our volunteers did an awesome job of engaging those passing through Findley Plaza and getting them to sign the petition to increase state arts funding in Georgia.
Our volunteers did an awesome job of engaging those passing through Findley Plaza and getting them to sign the petition to increase state arts funding in Georgia.

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