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!
Through this concert, C4 Atlanta hopes to encourage voters to exercise their power to influence the future of the city in whatever way aligns with their personal values. In particular, C4 also wishes to recognize the efforts of the creative class to effect change in community through their voting power, organizing and artistic work.
Nse Ufot is Executive Director of the New Georgia Project and a passionate advocate for voter rights. A naturalized citizen originally born in Nigeria, Ms. Ufot grew up in Southwest Atlanta. She has witnessed the changes and fluctuations of the city and it population since her childhood. A lifelong advocate of civil, human and workers’ rights, she leads the New Georgia Project in its mission to engage and register Georgia’s eligible but unregistered African American, Latinx, and Asian American populations.
David Dreyer was elected State Representative for House District 59 in 2016. A graduate of Georgia State and Emory Universities, David is a long-time Atlanta resident. As a policymaker, David has been a vocal supporter of voter rights and voter protections.
Local favorites Little Tybee join #ActivateATL after their recent, successful U.S. tour. Known for their melodious, genre bending sounds, their music reflects the stellar musicianship of this eclectic six-piece ensemble. Their fourth, self-titled album was released in 2016 and they have shared stages around the world with artists such as Macy Gray, Of Montreal, Kurt Vile, Reptar, Sondre Lerche, Man Man, Kishi Bashi, and others.
Joining Little Tybee as co-headliner is singer-songwriter Chantae Cann. Blending the musical boundaries between jazz and soul, Cann released her solo debut album “Journey to Golden” in March 2016 after a 10+ year career as a backing vocalist and collaborator for artists such as India.Arie, Snarky Puppy, P.J. Morgan, Gramps Morton, and many others. Her highly anticipated sophomore album is due out in Fall of 2017. Both acts have a history of past support of social causes.
Doors open at 7pm on August 5, 2017, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are free, with an online pledge to vote or support your community. For more concert information and tickets, visit: c4atlanta.org/activate-atl
August 5, 2017
Doors at 7:00pm; Show Starts at 8:00pm
Masquerade (Hell), 50 Lower Alabama St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Featuring Little Tybee and Chantae Cann.
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 more.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.
About Nse Ufot:
Nse Ufot has dedicated her life and career working on various civil, human, and workers’ rights issues. As the Executive Director of the New Georgia Project, she is proud to lead the organization to its goal of strengthening the state’s democracy by registering and engaging Georgia’s eligible, but unregistered African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans.
Prior to joining the New Georgia Project, Ms. Ufot worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Canada’s largest faculty union. She also served as the Senior Lobbyist and Government Relations Officer for the American Association of University Professors. In this role, she coordinated initiatives for mobilizing members around legislation and regulations that impacted higher education and labor law.
Ms. Ufot, a proud naturalized citizen, was born in Nigeria and raised in Southwest Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Ms. Ufot is fluent in both French and English. In her free time, she enjoys international travel, listening and playing music from the African Diaspora, and hosting house parties for close friends and family. For more information about Nse Ufot or New Georgia Project, please visit newgeorgiaproject.org.
About David Dreyer:
David was elected as State Representative for House District 59 in 2016. David was born in Ringgold, Georgia, but David’s family moved to Roswell where David started middle school. David graduated from Georgia State where he was involved in various student groups, including founding the Young Democrats and working with an environmental and homeless advocacy group. David received the student leadership award from his graduating class. After attending Georgia State, David graduated from Emory Law, where he remained committed to public service, serving as student body president and working on several campaigns.
One focus of David’s studies was constitutional law and voter protection, areas that remain in the forefront of his career. David was admitted to the State Bar in 2004, and David is an attorney with Penn Law Group, representing individuals and companies in courts throughout Georgia. David married Melissa in 2006, and they have two boys, Henry and Leo. David and his family place a strong value on community service and enjoy volunteering and helping neighbors.
David serves on the Higher Education, Science and Technology and Civil Judiciary Committees. for more information about David Dreyer, visit dreyerforgeorgia.com
About Little Tybee:
Little Tybee is a 6 piece band based in Atlanta, GA whose music has been described as genre bending and refreshing to both veteran and exploring ears. The core of each of their songs begins in the relentless and creative mind of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott. The songs mature through the dedicated musicianship of 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, keyboardist Chris Case and percussionist Dallas Dawson. Little Tybee isn’t afraid to experiment freely, even dangerously at times, to follow a musical idea to its ultimate end. This mentality has led the group to explore music that transcends genre and packs a much bigger punch than their modest title implies. Over the past few years they have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Of Montreal, Kurt Vile, Here We Go Magic, Rising Appalachia, Macy Gray, Reptar, Sondre Lerche, Nicole Atkins, Man Man, Kishi Bashi, and a number of others. For more information about Little Tybee, visit littletybee.com
About Chantae Cann:
Chantae Cann is next premier vocalist on the rise with her debut album “Journey to Golden” that released March 2016 at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts.
Her vocal delivery is soothing, sultry and more than just soulful, it’s soul fulfilling. Whether you find yourself listening to her live at a show or turning her up in your headphones, chances are you will have peace in your mind and a smile on your face. Chantae’s music blends the exploratory sounds of Jazz with the feel good vibes of Soul, which makes for a mixture that is quite delicious. It is her heart’s desire to simply inspire, uplift and encourage the lives of others through music.
Chantae is not a novice to the music world. She has been blessed to travel the world as a background vocalist (10+ years) with P.J. Morton, Gramps Morgan, and most notably India Arie. She’s had the tremendous honor of collaborating with artists/bands such as, Snarky Puppy, Jarrod Lawson, Jonathan McReynolds, Tony Momrelle, Jaspects, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, Mike Hicks, Sho Baraka and Khari Cabral Simmons.
Chantae’s second album is set to release fall of 2017. For more information about Chantae Cann, visit: chantaecann.com
The TAR Project (Therapeutic Artist Residency) has announced their four Atlanta-based inaugural artist residents. TAR Project is a fiscally sponsored project of C4 Atlanta, and Orion Crook (founder of Orion Psychotherapy) is a a graduate of both the Ignite and Hatch programs.
The Therapeutic Artists Residency (TAR Project), founded in 2015 by Orion Psychotherapy, will work with four artists over the course of a year. Program participants will receive free monthly individual and two-hour group therapy sessions as well as a $200 Binders stipend, membership to C4 Atlanta and scholarship to a class of their choice, and a Rolfing session from Tappingin.org. In the therapeutic sessions, artists will explore therapeutic themes in their work, develop skills to use expression as a form of self-care and have direct support for their challenging life career path in the arts. The residency will culminate in a group show featuring individual and group work and consist of pre and post assessments. More information is available at OrionPsychotherapy.org
We are honored and pleased to announce the 2016-2017 TAR Residents:
I got the chance to interview Stuart Shapiro, the sales/social media manager for BINDERS, the oldest family owned art business in Atlanta. BINDERS offers many valuable resources for artist in the community. On December 5, Stuart will conduct a TechsmART workshop focusing around social media and twitter engagement for artists. The workshop will take place on December 5, 2012 at 11am at C4 Atlanta Arts Entrepreneurship Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information about the workshop visit http://c4atlanta.org/what-we-do/techsmarts/. Below are some thoughts from Stuart about BINDERS, social media, and the arts community in Atlanta.
1) Tell me a little about BINDERS. What’s the purpose of the company? What does Binders art supplies have to offer local artists?
Stuart is third generation family to be working in the business; he grew up working and interacting with BINDERS company. Currently, he serves as the sales/social media manager for the company. BINDERS got its start in the 1950s when brothers Moe and Joe Krinsky, known for the successful beer joint in the Highlands, bought the little BINDERS gift store. Now, BINDERS is the oldest family owned art business in Atlanta. The mission of the company is to promote creative connections throughout the community.
You will be conducting a TextsmART workshop, how can social media and technology help artists?
Social media is a great way to start a conversation, promote a brand, and exude an image. It’s a great way to connect with potential clients and build important relationships. You can connect with people you have something in common with, which helps promote your business. The workshop will focus on how to use social media to benefit the artist’s image and mission statement.
How can artists use Twitter to enhance their business?
Twitter is a great way to promote daily interaction and to have general conversations. Using 140 characters, it is easy to “cut the fat” and provide a clear and concise message.
What sort of educational opportunities does BINDERS have to offer?
Part of the BINDERS mission is to promote art education throughout the community, and this is accomplished through the BINDERS art school. The school offers a well rounded course offering and encourages collaboration in the art world. In addition, BINDERS hopes to promote the business aspect of art and help artist understand what their core values are. With a strong business and value understanding, BINDERS hopes to push artists forward in the arts economy.
How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?
The art scene in Atlanta is a unique situation. There isn’t a central art district; however there are different art communities in every neighborhood. Each community is unique with different clientele. This allows artist to cater to different markets and branch out to different audiences.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
Stuart plans to stay in Atlanta and continue to work with the family business. He hopes to continue to shape the art community here in Atlanta by promoting community outreach. He hopes Atlanta will have a thriving art economy and people will come to Atlanta to create, inspire, and buy art. To learn more about BINDERS please visit http://www.bindersart.com/.
Quite a while ago, we put together our first survey on TechsmARTs, in part, to find out what technological topics of interest we should try to cover for future sessions. One clear result of that survey: Many respondents wanted to know more about putting together a website. Is it even possible to put one together quickly, and at a low cost?
We realized this was not a topic that could adequately be covered in the course of a standard, hour-and-a-half-long TechsmARTs gathering. And while there are a fair number of tools available to accomplish the goal of quickly building a website at a very low cost, we have the most experience in using WordPress. Once you learn the basics of WordPress, it is not only much easier to put together a decent website in a very short period of time, but it’s also a great platform for building a website that will serve your long-term needs.
With all that in mind, we put together our first Website Bootcamp in mid-June. The Foundation Center was gracious enough to host the class. ClickHOST offered a hosting sponsorship. Binders came in with a sponsorship that helped us cover some of the costs of developing the content. In this initial offering of our two-day seminar, we covered a lot of material and gave everyone time to work on their own sites with the benefit of having one another and some volunteers to help out.
I’d like to take a few moments to highlight some of the websites that were built at the Bootcamp. All of these artists built their websites by the end of the Bootcamp: Read more