KaCey Venning Talks Diddy and Navigating Male Dominated Spaces

Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.

For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions. 

We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2018: KaCey Venning

Where do you work and what do you do?

Helping Empower Youth, Co-Founder & Executive Director – Atlanta based 501c3 nonprofit provided STEAM based programming in schools and community
And Built For This, Founder & Speaker – ministry platform that intersects faith and mental health in communities of Color primarily.

When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?

Art for me has always included music and poetry. I have many family members who sing, play instruments, are in bands, etc. It has always been a part of my life. But I really became conscious of it when I began to study the Harlem Renaissance which led me to Romare Bearden. Currently, I co produce a voter registration open mic, Feed A Starving Artist, that fuses arts and activism once a month. I have been doing this for 10 years.

What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?

The next Diddy! I want to become a music mogul doing deals and influencing culture.

If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
Hmmmm… Zora Neale Hurston. I’d ask her how did she effortlessly convey such vivid imagery in her writing.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My parents. Hands down.

How is art a passion for you?  Art is in everything. It’s the lens we choose to view life through.

What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
There is still a lot of work to do. Especially is we look at STEAM work, women are still underrepresented in digital arts, graphic design. Music executives are still mostly men.

When was the last time you saw a woman conducting an orchestra, directing a play, or curating ballets?

A lot of that still is heavily dominated by men.

What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
There is a resurgence happening! From graffiti art in the Old Fourth Ward, the steel Work on the bridges and overpasses, midtown. Art is all around us. It’s time to focus on spoken word and underground performance art as well.

What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?

To show people that chance can come through art.

Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.?
Facebook – Feed A Starving Artist
Facebook – Helping Empower Youth