Carbs for Creatives: Meet Little Tart Bakeshop and Bernhard’s Bakery

Rounding out the list of awesome, arts-loving sponsors for this years ArtoberFest are two incredible bakeries in the city. You can’t have an Oktoberfest themed event without some carbs, right? Bringing a little European delicacy to Atlanta, these are two of the best. We thank them for their support and are excited to share their stories with you:

Little Tart Bakeshop

One of the many delicacies featured by Little Tart Bakeshop, a favorite haunt of the Atlanta arts community.
One of the many delicacies featured by Little Tart Bakeshop, a favorite haunt of the Atlanta arts community.

The storefront in Grant Park occupied by both Little Tart Bakeshop and Octane Coffee has long been a favorite of artists from around the city. You can regularly find administrators from local organizations, visual artists, musicians, designers and many others meeting or working over one of their fine pastries. Owner Sarah O’Brien was recently named a James Beard Semi-finalist for Outstanding Baker 2016 for her French style delicacies. Here is the story of Atlanta’s favorite artist-friendly bakery in the words of its illustrious owner:

One of the many delicacies featured by Little Tart Bakeshop, a favorite haunt of the Atlanta arts community. Photo by Whitney Ott.
One of the many delicacies featured by Little Tart Bakeshop, a favorite haunt of the Atlanta arts community. Photo by Whitney Ott.

“On my tenth birthday, my grandmother Sophie gave me a rolling pin and taught me how to make her famous apple pie, with apples from the orchard up the road. I have been baking ever since. Born and raised on an Ohio farm, I have baked in Iowa, Providence, and Canada, and earned my chops working as an intern in two Parisian bakeries. I hope to bring my own little bit of Paris to Atlanta, my adopted and much-loved city, through The Little Tart. I am fanatical about making perfect pastry crusts, and croissants.

I am honored to work with a dedicated team of bakers and servers who work hard everyday to make the best pastry around. We are proud to be a part of the local food community in Georgia, and hope to show through our work that eating sustainably also means eating heathfully, affordably, and most importantly, deliciously.”

~ Owner Sarah O’Brien

Bernhard’s German Bakery and Deli

bernhards-bakerydeli-logoLocated in nearby Marietta, Bernhard’s Bakery is a must for lovers of fresh, European style bread. These art-loving bakers have a knack for traditional German baked goods and foods that are nearly impossible to get anywhere else in the city. Get to know their local wares and love for artisanal culinary practice:

Our mission is to bring you delicious German Organic and Natural baked goods, baked with love.

A selection of the artisanal breads baked with care by Bernhard's German Bakery & Deli.
A selection of the artisanal breads baked with care by Bernhard’s German Bakery & Deli.

Bread, in its pure original formula, making it available for everyone’s enjoyment. From antiquity, bread has been known as the epitome of life and human society. It’s history can be traced back for thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. We exclusively use sun ripened whole grain (including the grain’s germ) to provide you with a source of power, stamina and health! Spoil yourself with our breads natural flavor! We use only the finest quality ingredients providing your body with important fiber and nutrients. For people who suffer from allergies we offer a delicious range of wheat and yeast free products. Because your health matters to us, our products are baked freshly for you every day!

Join us on October 20th, and enjoy guilty-free baked goodness for a good cause! Details for ArtoberFest 

Online sales have ended, but you can still purchase tickets for ArtoberFest! Tickets at the door will be $20, with additional drink tickets available for $6 each.

Brewing Up Art: Meet Orpheus Brewing

We want to thank all of the amazing sponsors that are helping to create a spectacular celebration for ArtoberFest 2016. Our beer sponsor for this event is none other than local brewery Orpheus Brewing. Orpheus has a unique relationship with the arts community of Atlanta. Every can of beer released features the work of a local artist, many of whom are as recognizable for their gallery work as their murals lining Wylie Street and the Krog Street Tunnel. Notable featured artists include: Sam Parker, Lela Brunet, Molly Rose Freeman, Peter Ferrari, Dosa Kim, and Brandon Sadler.

Orpheus began as an endeavor by its founders to create the kind of beer that they couldn’t get anywhere else. First to roll out a canned sour beer in the state of Georgia, this brewery definitely embraces an identity that is new, different and unique. Get to know this local treasure and their finely crafted brews:


Why “Orpheus”?

The luscious beer of Orpheus Brewing featuring artwork by Atlanta locals.
The luscious beer of Orpheus Brewing features label artwork by Atlanta locals.

As a name, Orpheus Brewing sprang mostly formed from Orpheus Brewmaster/President Jason Pellett’s trumpet career and the Real Book (an illegal book of unlicensed lead sheets that every jazz player in the country owns), as one of its songs is the lilting bossa nova standard Black Orpheus (the soundtrack from the 1959 Brazilian adaptation of the myth). Every time he would play or even flip past it, Jason was taken with the sound of the name “Orpheus”.  Once Atalanta and Lyric Ale (their first two beers in cans) were born and their story began, Voodoo Brass (original name evoking Jason’s trumpeting roots) begat Orpheus Brewing as Jason searched for a story that better represented the beer.

Orpheus employees hard at work in the brewery canning beer.
Orpheus employees hard at work in the brewery canning beer.

Strangely, Co-founder Andrew Lorber had the same love of Greek Mythology, as it was a major theme of his childhood in 6th grade home room at the Paideia School. When they began to engage the Orpheus tale again, he was taken by the depth of its imagery and relevance of its tragic lessons.

Each beer name has been a labor of love, research, and (of course) beer. The founders love that the richness of the underlying myth matches what they strive to put in your glass, and that their beer names will help the beer inspire iconic art unique to Atlanta.  Above all else, Orpheus guides their artistic endeavors.

What kind of Beer will be on tap at ArtoberFest?

Can art for Orpheus Brewing's Lyric Ale by local artist Peter Ferrari.
Artwork for Orpheus Brewing’s Lyric Ale by artist Peter Ferrari.

Lyric Ale


Label art by Peter Ferrari.

The beautiful music of Orpheus had power over the living, could move inanimate objects, and even hold sway over the gods. Lyric Ale is an ode to this profound beauty, which guides everything we do. We use a blend of hops from three continents and our house saison yeast to strike this harmonic balance of fruit and spice.

Hops: Hallertau Blanc, Galaxy, Azacca
Grain: Two row barley, white wheat, flaked wheat
Fermentation: French Saison yeast
ABV: 6.5%

Artwork for cans of Orpheus Brewing's Atalanta by artist Brandon Sadler.
Artwork for Orpheus Brewing’s Atalanta by artist Brandon Sadler.


Tart Plum Saison

Label Art by Brandon Sadler.

In the heroine Atalanta, we see the traits of what we aim for in all of our beers: piquant, deceptively robust, and a bit wild. A tart plum saison, Atalanta tastes of plums intermingling with spicy yeast, and a refreshing tartness that makes Atalanta as good for pairing with food as by itself.

Hops: Newport
Grain: Two row barley, white wheat, flaked wheat
Fermentation: House Lactobacillus Mother, French saison yeast
Other: Plums, cold pressed for us by Arden’s Garden
ABV: 5.25%

Thank to Orpheus Brewing for generously sponsoring this event and for their ongoing support of the artists in our community. Their core value of embracing what is unique and different are a reflection of the arts ecosystem of Atlanta, and we couldn’t be happier to have their participation for ArtoberFest.

Join us on October 20th, and raise a glass for artists in Atlanta! Get your ArtoberFest tickets here: Purchase ArtoberFest Tickets

Advance tickets for $15 for individuals, or $45 for couples (couples package includes 2 drink tickets) are available until October 19th. Drink tickets can also be purchased in advance for $5 each. Tickets at the door will be $20, with additional drink tickets available for $6 each.

Don’t Be Tardy for the Party! Meet the ArtoberFest Chefs.

As our ArtoberFest celebration nears, we wanted to continue to entice you with more features of our event sponsors. We are excited to announce the involvement of two rockstar chefs who will be preparing food throughout the evening. If you are a fan of the food scene in Atlanta (and who isn’t? what kind of artist doesn’t like to eat?), it’s time to get excited! Joining us for ArtoberFest 2016 will be:

Robert Velazquez – The General Muir

Robert Velazquez of the General Muir finishes dishes for a local Atlanta event.

Robert Velazquez is originally from Miami where he first learned how to roast a pig under his family’s supervision and developed a love of classic Latin flavors. He then trained in New York City at restaurants such as Momofuku Noodle Bar and Alder where he learned precision and modernist technique.  Upon moving to Atlanta he was a Sous Chef at Holeman & Finch Public House where he focused on butchery and charcuterie. In December of 2015, he joined the team at the General Muir as a Sous Chef and later promoted Chef de Cuisine. His eclectic flavors and techniques are a reflection of travel, passion and a need to push ahead towards something new.


Eli Kirshtein – The Luminary

Eli Kirshtein of The Luminary outside his restaurant located at Krog Street Market.

Atlanta native and “Top Chef: Las Vegas” contestant Eli Kirshtein is chef/partner of The Luminary at Krog Street Market. Equal parts avid sports fan and accomplished chef, Kirshtein is a proud Atlantan and food anthropologist.

Kirshtein first tested his culinary chops at the age of 16, working as a protégé in the kitchens of Chefs Kevin Rathbun and Richard Blais. With an insatiable appetite for learning and advancing his experiences, Kirshtein sharpened his skills with stages at several acclaimed restaurants in NYC and at JOËL in Atlanta while completing his formal training at The Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Kirshtein teamed up with Richard Blais at ONE. midtown kitchen before moving to Miami to work at Karu & Y. In 2007 he returned to Atlanta as the executive chef at Eno Restaurant and Wine Bar, from which he would take a brief hiatus to participate as a contestant on “Top Chef: Las Vegas.”

As a chef, Kirshtein has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Food & Wine Magazine and even a special-edition issue of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man series. He has served on the culinary counsel for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and The Culinary Council of The Piedmont Park Conservancy. Kirshtein is also a proud supporter of the Atlanta Jewish Federation and Birthright Israel‎. Outside the kitchen, Kirshtein is a part-time sports writer and full-time SEC enthusiast.

In August 2014, Kirshtein brought his distinct style, perspective and technique to Atlanta’s highly anticipated Krog Street Market with the opening of his first restaurant, The Luminary. An American brasserie with regional influences, The Luminary features a classically inspired menu, large raw bar, craft beer and cocktail program, and 400-square-foot patio space.


Thank you to Eli Kirshtein, Todd Ginsberg, and Robert Velazquez for their generous donations of food, time and talent for this event! We are humbled by your generosity on behalf of the artists in our community.

Join us on October 20th, and taste for yourself! Get your ArtoberFest tickets here: Purchase ArtoberFest Tickets

Advance tickets for $15 for individuals, or $45 for couples (couples package includes 2 drink tickets) are available until October 19th. Drink tickets can also be purchased in advance for $5 each. Tickets at the door will be $20, with additional drink tickets available for $6 each.

“Love, Artists” and “Entartete Kunst”

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This awesome image is by Sarah Lawrence.

There are always a fair share of questions that arise when any non-profit begins planning a fundraiser. Most of these evolve from the need to reach financial goals while supporting the mission. Arts organizations are always looking for exciting new ways to engage donors, often using art sales, pin-up shows, or silent auctions to reach those goals.


These methods have all proven to be great opportunities to support an organization’s mission while cultivating donors, but what consideration is given to the artists who provide the art that makes all that possible? Is exposure really enough?

As C4 Atlanta began the process of planning for ArtoberFest 2016 there were many questions which needed to be answered. We knew we wanted to provide more than just musical entertainment for the evening, but we struggled with what it meant to ask artists to provide work for our fundraiser.  As an arts organization, people expect something “artsy” at our fundraisers and events. There were many deep conversations which arose at our conference room table including:

  1. Who are we serving? – with the fundraiser and in terms of mission

  2. How does the fundraiser align with our commitment to Equity?

  3. How do we leverage our assets to better serve our community?

  4. What are we giving up? What do we hope to gain?

  5. How do we raise enough money to offset what we need to charge for classes and other services?

entartetekunstThe night before our ArtoberFest planning meeting, our Executive Director, Jessyca Holland, texted me letting me know there was a documentary she just watched called “Degenerate Art: The Nazi vs Expressionism”. This documentary covered Hitler’s infamous art exhibition entitled “Entartete Kunst,” or Degenerate Art. This exhibition opened to the public in Munich in 1937 showcasing 650 pieces of art which Hitler felt insulted German feeling, destroyed or confused natural form, and unveiled an absence of adequate manual or artistic skill. Over a million people showed to see these this exhibition which consisted completely of modernist artwork. Nazi Germany had now branded modern artists as enemies of that state and a threat to German culture. Hitler’s disdain for not just the art, but for the artists themselves ran deep.

Jessyca wanted to question the system today. In a very small way, we want to challenge the system by celebrating, not art, but artists.

Individual artists are undervalued by society, in comparison to art itself: while 96% of Americans value art in their communities and lives, only 27% believe that artist offer value to the communities in which they live.

*Society perceives making art as frivolous or recreational. Many artists report that people have no sense of what artists’ time or products are worth and often expect them to ‘donate’ both for nothing. – Urban InstituteInvesting in Creativity- A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists. 

Those numbers don’t sit well with us.

“Love, Artists” was conceived out of the desire to demonstrate that artists are valued people. They are certainly valued by our organization, the staff, the board and our donors, but they bring tremendous value to their communities. Artists are humans, sisters, brothers, moms, dads, spouses, partners, friends, PTA members, volunteers…workers.

This post is not a judgement on other events, fundraisers, etc. but it is an exploration of how C4 Atlanta can better enhance our mission of serving artists. We work with many artists who gladly donate to arts organizations for events such as fundraisers, auctions, etc. Giving back is an ethos we support. This show was a challenge for us and is, in a way, a curatorial endeavor.

We did ask our members to submit images of themselves working for the show. In essence, they are donating work. We are not selling the photos during ArtoberFest. If an artists wants to sell his/her image, that is their prerogative, and they may keep all the money from that transaction. However, ArtoberFest’s financial success is not dependent on the sale of art. We will earn from the sales of tickets and alcohol. We have many generous sponsors that will make this a successful event.

Artists are donating a print of themselves working. The art is the process.

Unsolicited, photographer Cindy Brown, volunteered to take photos for artists who needed her expertise. She, too, is interested in the subject matter–an archive of sorts of Atlanta area artists. We have such a generous community, and we thank Cindy for her gift of time and talent.

We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors who also believes that artists contribute significantly to our society. So come party with us!

This blog was co-written by Chelsea Steveron & Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta

*This study was published in 2003. There have been some updates to the body or research, including a 2016 report conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Learner-Focused Adult Education

I have been holding onto this post in my head for a few weeks. I attended a convening in early September held by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in Kansas City, MO. The purpose of the convening is for organizations like C4 Atlanta to meet and discuss current trends, issues, etc. affecting our field. That is an anemic description but I really want to talk about one portion of the convening in which we learned about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The session was presented by Allison Posey, CAST.

What is UDL?

From the CAST website:

Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Why is UDL necessary?

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Image that says, "One size does not fit all"Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play: Recognition networks, strategic networks, and Affective Networks.

So what does this mean, exactly? Well, it means that learners (yes, even adult learners) need to experience the aquisition of knowledge in a variety of ways to make the learning meaningful. You may be familiar with Dr. Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligences, (MI)” in which GarComic illustration that shows show how not all animals can climb a tree equally: "For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: please climb that tree."dner posits that there exists eight ways in which learners exhibit intelligence; thus, integrated learning styles are necessary to reach different types of learners. When I was in grad school for a degree that focused on information technology, Gardner’s work was highly regarded. Both UDL and MI support a learning environment that includes ALL learners. As a colleague pointed out, UDL has a little more neuroscience behind it.  So what about adult learners? 


“Change the learning environment, not the learner.” – Allison Posey, CAST (presentation in KC)

The above phrase has been bouncing around in my head. I think about it everyday. Have you ever noticed that not much attention is giving how people learn past high school? Does dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disabilities (really, this is about perspective) go away once we become adults? Or is the expectation that we have learned how to deal with it? My daughter, who is now a freshman in college, and I talk all the time about the difference between subject matter experts and teachers–people who actually care about learning. Is it fair to have a class for adult learners and to not think about UDL? Maybe fairness isn’t the right question… I had to challenge myself with this question: “As a leader of a nonprofit dedicated to adult learning (regardless of the subject matter), don’t I want every person sitting through our classes to have access to the best learning environment possible?”

The staff and I talked through UDL. I brought it to my board during our annual retreat. I am proud to say that UDL will be integrated into our strategic plan as a programmatic goal: to redesign ALL of our classes around the core principles and guidelines of UDL. This will take some time. The thing about this type of work, teaching continuing ed, is that the field is constantly evolving. We don’t just hammer out a class and are done with it. All of our classes have gone through curriculum updates–some simple, others drastic. For example, Chelsea, our Operations Manager, completely rewrote the curriculum for the Website Bootcamp course to ensure it stayed relevant. Our Hatch curriculum had several collaborators and the staff took weeks to map the content. We did our best to include multiple strategies for delivering the curriculum content: movement, improv, role playing, writing, visual presentations, doodling/drawing, small group breakouts, games, etc.

In a later blog, Audrey, our Education Manager will be discussing all of the elements that go into curriculum building at C4. We put a lot of thought and time into the learning progression, pedagogical framework, evaluation, and touch points. We are also reducing the number of panels we host as a way to promote a more equitable learning dynamic between facilitators and learners. We love what we do and want to be as transparent as possible about our work. All of this takes time and resources but the goals are in place. We will be adding specific tactics and objectives to a timeline soon.

As you think about your professional development trajectory, mull over this: “how do I best learn?” Let us know. Email us. Adults have specific learning needs, that is true, and they may differ from that of younger learners; however, some principles in learning are the same across the board: variety is key. Death by PowerPoint is out. As a field, it wouldn’t hurt us to think more about how our professional development offerings can be more inclusive. Not only more inclusive, but more engaging as well. Even if you are a visual learner, sitting in one spot staring at a screen while a person drones on is not conducive to inspiring genus.

While there is no large body of research to support that the neurological factors that may account for dyslexia are linked to creativity, there are researchers, artists, and educators that are exploring a possible link. Whatever the conclusion, I prefer the challenges of this quote:

…because many Dyslexics do show wonderful visual and spatial skills, we look for an analogous extra something in the brain to account for that. But perhaps we should be doing the opposite – looking for what inhibits creativity.

I look forward to exploring how C4 can modify the learning environment. It will be a journey.

Image of a neuron - National Science Foundation



“Book of Colors” to play ArtoberFest 2016

C4 Atlanta is proud to announce that “Book of Colors” will be the musical entertainment for our ArtoberFest 2016 celebration.

Who is this wonderful band? We’re glad you asked…

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Book of Colors is a band that constantly skirts the edge between torn-open soulfulness and delicate restraint. Their melodies are dreamy and hypnotic, and lead singer André Paraguassu’s distinctively warm, crooning voice carries them with an easygoing authority.

The lineup of musicians involved is somewhat loose, the band name functioning more as a moniker for Paraguassu’s musical endeavors than as a static group. Live shows typically feature six to eight band members with lush instrumentation and layered vocal harmonies.

“There is an amazing music scene happening in Atlanta right now. It’s a major city overflowing with world-class talent, but the amount of camaraderie within the artistic community makes it feel like a small town,” André says as he reclines lazily on the classically southern front porch of their drummer’s home in Little Five Points where they rehearse. “I’ve always loved playing with large ensembles and this city has been the gift that keeps on giving in that regard. Everyone is so supportive and eager to collaborate. I feel incredibly lucky to be working in such an inspiring creative atmosphere.”

André’s list of songwriting influences is long and eclectic, but the majority of artists and albums he mentions are from the sixties and early seventies, with a heavy slant toward music made in the UK, Brazil, France, and the southern United States during that time period. As such, traces of Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke can all be heard in his vocal delivery, with dark raspy low notes and a soaring, bell-like upper register. Psychedelic elements that bring Broadcast, Pink Floyd, and Caetano Veloso to mind mix with introspective lyrics and symphonic orchestration in Paraguassu’s often complex song structures.

Book of Colors has played alongside national and international acts that include Kishi Bashi, Bright Black Morning Light, Little Tybee, Horse Feathers, Della Mae, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Streets of Laredo. They’ve also performed in numerous festivals and events in and around Atlanta and the Southeastern United States.

“Book of Colors sounds like that elf you meet way out in the woods strumming a harp made of dreams and rainbows. And his band is a tough gang of unicorns high on Gummi juice.” -Artlantis





Don’t miss your chance to see “Book of Colors”. Tickets are on sale now for ArtoberFest 2016. Buy today! 


2016 Summer ArtsForce Projects

ArtsForceC4 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-Header-ImageDog 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 Icebreaker

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

FullSizeRender (1)“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.


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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.

Meet our Hatch Content Contributors

The deadline for the Fall 2016 Hatch Training Intensive is closing in! We are so excited to meet our next cohort. In anticipation of the next training session, we thought you might like to meet some of the wonderful folks that have helped us to develop this program along the way:

CenterForward President Heather Alhadeff shares case studies with our Hatch pilot cohort about Art + Planning.
CenterForward President Heather Alhadeff shares case studies with our Hatch pilot cohort about Art + Planning.

CenterForward, lead by Heather Alhadeff, President: Places that people cherish and thrive in are ultimately achieved via rigorous and thoughtful dialogue across disciplines. Transportation Planning and Engineering combined with sincere and effective community involvement represent a collaborative and ultimately implementable decision making process – a core principle of Center Forward. With that philosophy in mind, Center Forward Inc was established in December 2012 as a transportation and land use planning firm.

Heather has over 19 years of Atlanta-specific Planning experience. Center Forward is a big proponent in helping the city integrate artistic principles into all stages of planning. Center Forward helped C4 Atlanta develop content that introduces artists to planning, trends in planning, and how the artist may fit into planning projects that engage community members and community stakeholders.

Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, speaks about Conscious Creativity.
Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, speaks at a her keynote last March, Conscious Creativity.

Ebony Noelle Golden: Ebony Noelle Golden is the CEO and principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC. BDAC is a NYC-based cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community designed, culturally relevant, creative projects. The Houston, TX native is also an accomplished performance artist, poet, director, and choreographer who stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. Ebony holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Texas A&M University.

Attorney Jim Grace, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, teaches our Hatch pilot artists about negotiations and contracts.
Attorney Jim Grace, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, teaches our Hatch pilot artists about the importance of copyright.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, lead by Jim Grace, Executive Director: The mission of the A&BC is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the creative community. Programs include business training for artists and creative entrepreneurs, pro bono legal services, nonprofit board service training and placement, microlending, fiscal agency, estate and legacy planning, human resources support, insurance programs, and corporate art lending partnerships.

Emily HopkinsEmily Hopkins is an artist and the executive director of Side Street Projects. Emily works to develop sustainable, community-based systems that connect working artists directly to communities.

Emily Hopkins from Side Street Projects talks about Expanding the Definition.
Emily Hopkins from Side Street Projects shares a quote by Pablo Heguera.

She is committed to hands-on, standards-based art programs for K-12 that appeal to multiple intelligences and incorporate into core curriculum. Emily serves on the art curriculum advisory committee for the Pasadena Unified School District (DAT CAT), and the advisory board for John Muir High School’s Arts Entertainment & Media Academy. Emily has a BFA & MA from CalArts and lives and works in Pasadena.

Katina Parker, filmmaker, pictured here during her time documenting Ferguson, MO.
Katina Parker, filmmaker, pictured here during her time documenting Ferguson, MO.

Katina Parker: Katina Parker is a Durham-based filmmaker, photographer, writer, graphic designer, cultural curator, social media expert, and communications consultant who has advised both the Ford Foundation’s Just Films and the Association of Independents in Radio’s Makers Quest 2.0 initiatives. Parker teaches social media and film through the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and serves as an Instructor for North Carolina’s Community Folklife Documentation Institute.

She is the Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force and the Vice President of the Association of Wake Forest University’s Black Alumni (AWFUBA) group. Prior to this Parker worked as a creative director in Los Angeles. She spent several years working as a Media Strategist for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where she fine-tuned her public relations and communications savvy.

Clarkston Community Center Executive Director McKenzie Wren leads the artists through an exercise in asset mapping.
McKenzie Wren leads the Hatch pilot artists through an exercise in asset mapping.

McKenzie Wren: Mckenzie has a background in public health, alternative medicine and variety entertainment.  Since 2007, she has worked within the refugee community of Clarkston, GA – a community called “the most diverse square mile in the nation” by a NY Times article. She was previously the Executive Director of the Clarkston Community Center for six years. McKenzie uses arts-based and place-based strategies to bring about change. Her particular areas of focus are helping businesses and nonprofits strengthen culture through participatory processes and identify new processes for information and resource flow. She is a skilled facilitator who believes in the power of community to identify and solve its own problems.

The Hatch Training Intensive is specifically targeted towards readying artists to work in community-centric art projects in ways that are both sustainable and meaningful to all involved stakeholders. Deadline for application to the 2016 Fall Hatch Training Intensive is August 15th at 11:59pm. To learn more or to apply, see our Hatch Training Page.

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.

Announcing the Hatch Selection Committee

C4 Atlanta is excited to announce the members of the Selection Committee for the Fall 2016 Hatch Training Intensive. The members of the Selection Committee bring a deep understanding of community based artwork and years of experience. This committee includes a stellar group of arts professionals representing multi-artistic disciplines:

  • Joe Dreher (“JOEKINGATL”), visual artist best known for his iconic street and mural art. He is also an architect, photographer and poet
  • Angela Harris, Dance Canvas Executive Director and esteemed choreographer and teacher
  • Rachel May, Producing Artistic Director and an original founder of Sychronicity Theatre, an award-winning, professional theatre company based in Atlanta
  • Tracy Murrell, curator of the Hammonds House Museum and a multi-disciplinary visual artist

The staff of C4 Atlanta is excited to work with individuals who hold such diverse professional and artistic credentials. We could not have asked for a better team to help us select artists to participate in Hatch.

The Hatch Training Intensive is our newest program, designed specifically for artists working with community. Over the past few months, we have documented our pilot program, which you can read about here on our Hatch page under “Artist and Facilitator Blogs”. We were excited to launch our first Call for Artists for this program in June. The Fall 2016 program begins on September 24, and we can’t wait to meet our newest cohort of artists. 

Hatch will connect artists to vital information about how to approach collaborative projects outside a traditional studio practice. Under the program, participants will learn the legal, financial and “soft” skills necessary to effectively lead community-based art projects. Selected artists will participate in a four-month, rigorous training program with C4 Atlanta staff and experts from around the country, including Atlanta. Artists will have the opportunity to work with community builders, an attorney who specializes in legal assistance for artists working in public art, a city planner, and more. Applications and more details are available online at Deadline to apply: August 15, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Photo by William Massey III of Hatch artists in discussion regarding community and identity.
Photo by William Massey III of Hatch pilot artists in discussion about identity and community.