Category: Spark Awards

Announcing the 2020 Spark Award Winners.

Celebrating Artists. Celebrating Atlanta.

C4 Atlanta 2019 Spark Awards Luncheon is April 16, 2020

We are proud to announce the 2020 C4 Atlanta Spark Award Winners!

Get to know these great folks helping to Keep Atlanta Creative.

 

 

Charmaine Minniefield –  2020 Kamal Sinclair Artist Entrepreneur of the Year

The work of artist-activist, Charmaine Minniefield preserves Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. Firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, her work draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora, to explore African and African-American history, memory and ritual as an intentional push back against erasure. Her creative practice is community-based as her research and resulting bodies of work often draw from the physical archives as she excavates the stories of African-American women-led resistance and spirituality and power.Minniefield’s recent public works include projection mapping and site-specific installation insight dialogue around race, class and power. Through interdisciplinary collaboration she incorporates other art forms to virtually bridge the past to the present.  Recent projects include the mounting of “Remembrance as Resistance” during the 2018 Symposium on Race and Reconciliation presented by her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, which opened with the removal of two Confederate monuments from campus grounds and closed with the work as backdrop for the closing talk by Alice Walker on art and activism.

Minniefield’s work is featured in a number of public and private collections, and as a muralist, her walls can be seen throughout the City of Atlanta and beyond.  She was honored by Mercedes Benz as a part of their Greatness Lives Here campaign. She is featured in the 2020 US Census commercia highlighting her recent Brooklyn mural of Harriett Tubman. Minniefield currently serves as the Stuart A. Rose Library artist-in-residence at Emory University as a a part of her public art which honors the memory of over 800 unmarked graves in Atlanta’s historically segregated historic Oakland Cemetary, presented by Flux Projects.”>

Living Walls – 2020 Artist Advocate of the Year

Living Walls promotes the power of public art as a social and economic engine, providing an artistic workforce to create healthy, sustainable urban spaces for the city of Atlanta. Living Walls has facilitated over 100 public murals featured throughout the metropolitan area, created through year-round work and past annual citywide conferences attended by 5,000 art enthusiasts annually. We have featured a host of world-renowned local and international artists, with collaborative projects in Miami, South Africa, Rome, Barcelona, and Moscow. Living Walls connects public art to urban development, helping to establish Atlanta as a destination for provocative arts and culture.

 

Winner of the Artist Champion of the Year Award: Anne Tracht of Consult Art.Anne Tracht, ConsultArt – 2020 Artist Champion of the Year

About ConsultArt, Inc.

Established in 1983, ConsultArt specializes in assisting corporate and real estate development clients with the strategy, planning, acquisition and installation of artwork for dynamic mixed-use developments and office environments. We work closely with developers, architects and design teams to identify and develop site-specific locations, design strategies and project scope/scale. We program-manage the entire process of identifying best-suited artists, soliciting project concepts, making acquisitions, managing site visits and overseeing proper installation.

About Anne Lambert Tracht
Anne Lambert Tracht is President of ConsultArt, Inc., an Atlanta-based Art Consulting firm focused on corporate and residential clients. She received her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 and, before joining ConsultArt, worked at Guggenheim Asher Associates in New York and Solomon Projects in Atlanta. Anne serves on the boards of numerous Atlanta art and civic organizations including the Hambidge Center, Midtown Alliance, Georgia Tech Public Art Committee, MARTA Public Art Committee and The Judith Alexander Foundation.

Photo by Cliff Robinson
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C4 Atlanta Celebrates the 2nd Annual Spark Awards!

WOW. We just finished up our second year celebrating local artists at the C4 Atlanta Spark Awards yesterday, April 17, 2019. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Midtown in the Georgia Ballroom.

For those of you that came out to support our mission, know that we cannot do this work without you! We love you and we know you love artists.

If you missed it, check out these awesome event photos below by the talented Cindy Brown.

Thank you to all of the local artists and arts groups that participated: Tasha LaRae, Soul Food Cypher, Havoc Movement Company, Kimberly Binns, and the artists of TILA Studios who’s gorgeous work was displayed in our registration space at the event. All of the artists that participated in this event with us, including our event photographer, have been a part of programming offered by our organization. We’re really proud of their accomplishments with their individual arts businesses and we expect great things from all of them.

Jessyca Holland, our Executive Director, announced that we are fundraising for our new space at the event. If you’d like to be a part of our legacy at 132 Mitchell by adding your name to an artist paintbrush or pallette, you can donate online here.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, friends, table sponsors and event vendors that made this event and our pre-event cocktail hour possible: Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown, ChooseATL, Atlanta Downtown, City of Atlanta Department of City Planning, Whitespace Gallery, Provenance Media, Chef Melissa Allen Foltz, Specialty Wines Georgia, Synchronicity Theatre, Dad’s Garage, The Bitter Southerner, Binders, Blick, Alternate Roots, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and Janke Studios.

Please feel free to comment below if you would like to share your experience at the event!

 

Board Members and Volunteers help make this event possible! Our Board Co-chair Ashley Walden Davis and Volunteer Yun Bai make sure everyone gets checked in.
Board Members and Volunteers help make this event possible! Our Board Co-chair Ashley Walden Davis and Volunteer Yun Bai make sure everyone gets checked in.

 

Board Co-Chair Shannon Price chats with local artists about their work during registration.

 

Vocalist Tasha LaRae dazzles the crowd with her performance.
Vocalist Tasha LaRae dazzles the crowd with her performance. Tasha is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter and vocal coach.

 

2019 Artist Champion of the Year Katherine Dirga of the MARTA Artbound program shows off her award. The awards were created by local glass artist Matt Janke, of Janke Studios.

 

Eyedrum Board Member Grace King enjoys the entertainment.
Eyedrum Board Member Grace King enjoys the entertainment.

 

Mistress of Ceremonies Odetta MacLeish-White reminds participants why donating to C4’s mission is so important.

 

 

Performers Havoc Movement company are pumped about the festivities!
Performers Havoc Movement Company are pumped about the festivities!

 

Havoc Movement Company excites the crowd by sharing a new work in progress. The performers first demonstrated their rehearsal process and then performed the piece in it’s entirety.

 

Keynote Speaker Jamie Bennett shares why artists are an essential part of every community.
Keynote Speaker Jamie Bennett shares why artists are an essential part of every community.

 

The crowd goes wild as we announce that we met our fundraising goal for Text-to-Give!
The crowd goes wild as we announce that we met our fundraising goal for Text-to-Give!

 

C4 Atlanta Executive Director Jessyca Holland shares a joke about Futurama to educate folks about how professional artists are viewed by the public in the City of Atlanta.
C4 Atlanta Executive Director Jessyca Holland shares a joke about Futurama to educate folks about how professional artists are viewed by the public in the City of Atlanta.

 

MCs from Soul Food Cypher close out the afternoon.
MCs from Soul Food Cypher close out the afternoon.

 

Soul Food Cypher uses their "Nice Bars" rap battle format to complement attendees and performers.
Soul Food Cypher uses their “Nice Bars” rap battle format to complement attendees and performers.
2019 Arts Entrepreneur of the Year Daniel Flores accepts his award.
2019 Arts Entrepreneur of the Year Daniel Flores accepts his award.

 

And that’s a wrap! See you all next year for the 2020 Spark Awards Luncheon.