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C4 Atlanta Expands Space to Offer More Studio Space for Artists In South Downtown

 

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C4 Atlanta Expands Space to Offer More Studio Space for Artists In South Downtown

DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Atlanta, GA – C4 Atlanta announces a space expansion to provide more studio opportunities to Atlanta-based, artists. C4 has signed a lease to become a tenant at 132 Mitchell Street.

After being at the M Rich Building since 2012, the nonprofit arts organization will be doubling its current space capacity. In addition to artist studios, the new arts center will offer offices for small arts businesses and nonprofits. The space will have two common area rooms for meetings or workshops. C4 Atlanta has a target move-in date of May 1, 2019. The space has a new HVAC system, elevator, and buildout is to begin soon for a fully ADA compliant bathroom. The new arts space will also be renovated with new floors and paint before move-in.

The expansion is part of an effort to keep arts workers from being fully displaced from South Downtown. With new development coming, real estate prices are expected to escalate. This trend is happening in Atlanta and other major cities across the United States.

As part of a program expansion tied to the space, C4 Atlanta will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to pilot a new incubation program that combines professional development and coaching with studio space for artists. C4 Atlanta works with a diverse array of artists that includes visual artists, performing artists, film makers, musicians, and curators.

“We are excited about this move. Our team has been exploring this possibility for several years,” said Jessyca Holland, co-founder and Executive Director. “At one point, we thought we may have to leave downtown but we found a space that fits our vision for the next several years, and we get to stay in the heart of the city of Atlanta.”

132 Mitchell is owned by Winter Properties. The building is located near public transit. C4 Atlanta will rent out the top floor.

“We are excited to be a part of C4 Atlanta’s next growth phase. The arts are important to the fabric of South Downtown,” stated Stacy Crane of Winter Properties.

The organization is now seeking artists who are in need of a studio or small art businesses that need office space. For more information, please email actionteam@c4atlanta.org.

About C4 Atlanta:

C4 Atlanta Inc. is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to connect arts entrepreneurs to the people, skills and tools they need to build a successful artistic career in metro Atlanta. The organization was founded in July 2010 in response to a growing need for business services for Atlanta’s arts community. C4 Atlanta fulfills this mission by offering professional practice classes for artists, fiscal sponsorship, co-working space, and advocacy for arts workers. C4 Atlanta’s program offerings are geared toward creating a new foundation of sustainability for arts and culture in the Atlanta region. For more information, visit c4atlanta.org.

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Introducing Hatch – A New C4 Training Program

C4 Atlanta, a nonprofit incubator for artists and arts organizations, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) in support of its Ignite and Hatch professional development programs for artists. The grant to C4 Atlanta is under EHTF’s Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) program.

The money will go toward our current Ignite, business planning class for artists AND it will also fund Hatch.

What is Hatch, you ask?

Hatch is a new program designed for artists working in community. Under the program, participants will learn the legal, financial and “soft” skills necessary to effectively lead community-based art projects. Hatch will connect artists to vital information about how to approach collaborative projects outside a traditional studio practice. The first Hatch cohort, to begin in October, will serve as a pilot offering.

C4 has been working on building partnerships and designing the Hatch framework for a few years now. The funding from Tremaine will allow us to design Hatch, pilot the program with working artists, and implement. Our primary purpose as an organization is to connect artists to the resources and skills they need to be successful. Hatch will not focus on the creation of art; rather, the program will cover the ‘behind-the-scenes’ functions of working in community.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation is proud to support C4 Atlanta’s ongoing mission to provide affordable and quality professional practice education to Atlanta’s artists. Expanding on the success of Ignite, C4’s new program, Hatch, will further their mission by supporting artists working beyond the studio and the business marketplace.  Hatch will provide the foundational support of knowledge and resources crucial for success of community-driven work.  C4’s history of fostering artists careers is ideally suited to create and launch this new program that has the potential to influence and support artists not only in Atlanta, but all across the country.

– Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

C4 Atlanta will work with both local and national collaborators on the curriculum design of Hatch. Among the collaborators:

  • Emily Hopkins, Consultant and Executive Director, Side Street Projects in Pasadena, CA
  • Heather Alhadeff, President, Center Forward, an Atlanta based transportation and land-use planning firm
  • Jim Grace, Attorney and Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
  • McKenzie Wren, a community arts consultant and Executive Director of Clarkston Community Center

Eddie Granderson, Program Manager of Public Art Services at the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is also serving as an advisor.