Tag: Community Art

Atlanta Welcomes New Cohort of Artists Ready to Serve Community

A picture of Artist Bree Stallings standing in front of one of her murals.
Hatch cohort artist Bree Stallings stands in front of one of her murals.

C4 Atlanta is proud to announce the twelve artists selected into the Hatch Training Intensive for Fall 2019. These artists will spend the next five months learning skills for creating art projects with community.

The Hatch Training Intensive was established as a training program through C4 Atlanta in October 2015. The course is a result of three years of collaboration, research and curriculum development with both national and local experts in the field of community driven art projects. Now in its fourth year, Hatch graduate-artists have gone on to work on public art projects locally and nationally. The program emphasizes skills in cultural organizing, understanding and establishing identity, identifying key community stakeholders, and working with community in ways that are sustainable for both artists and community members. The program also emphasizes important career development skills necessary to do social and civic practice work, including working with city planners, applying for RFPs/RFQs, negotiation and budgeting.

“Hatch is creating a pipeline of artists well trained to work in community development on both civic and artist-led community projects. Protecting both the interests and the integrity of community members is central to this program,” said Executive Director Jessyca Holland. “We also know that the artists involved need skills to protect their business and artistic interests in order to do this work, and that is part of their training, too.”

“We are excited by the diversity of experience and expertise that this current cohort brings,” said Audrey Gámez, Education Director. “These are dynamic artists who span an array of ages, identities and disciplines. Their work is an expression of love for the communities with which they work. It is very important to us as an organization that we help guide artists towards work that will preserve and amplify the cultural legacies of Atlanta.”

Artists selected to the Fall 2019 Hatch Training Intensive include:

A headshot of Rose Barron.Rose Barron, Visual and Performance Artist: Rose M Barron currently works and resides in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, an MA in Photo Concentration from Georgia State University, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Photography. Her multi-disciplinary art work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions across the southeast including Atlanta and Huntsville, as well as internationally at the Espacio Común in Panama City, Panama. Collections of her work include the Four Seasons in Morocco, the Fulton County Arts and Culture fine arts acquisition Program, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Marriott Courtyard in Nashville, the March of Dimes Corporate Office Collection, the APG Collectors Portfolio. Barron has shown in many group exhibitions across the nation including the Athens Center for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Art on The Beltline, the Art Center in Xi’an, China, Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, and Umbrella Gallery in New York City.; awarded artist residencies include Taller Portobelo, the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Science, University of North Texas, and the Rensing Art Center.

 

A headshot of candi dugascandi dugas, Writer, Producer and Director – candi dugas is an award-winning writer, producer, and director of creative projects that change conversations to compel complete freedom. Her most recent works include 30-minute one-acts about grief and women’s friendships: “That Day” and organic soul connections within society’s racial boundaries: “eye of the storm” – along with her full-length scripts for stage and screen: Wild + Free (navigating the 2nd half of life and the realities of post-modern racism in a small, Georgia town) and Desire’s Kiss (celebrating feminine sexuality despite traditionally religious taboos), which won Best Full-length Screenplay during the 2013 Urban MediaMakers Film Festival. candi has also written three self-published books, with a fourth on the way, on meditation, sexuality and spirituality, and navigating the spiritual journey. Currently she is producing Broadway Brunch (BB) at Grace Church in Midtown ATL. Designed and developed by candi, BB brings together professional theatre with community over a meal in safer space to explore themes that uplift and challenge the people. More than doubling average weekly attendance, BB’s greatest success is being a springboard to action for community needs, like affordable housing. candi is a native Atlantan, proud mother of Jordan, clergy with the Church Within A Church Movement, pastor of Worship & Arts at Grace, and a member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, Suzi Bass Awards, and United Way of Metro Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program. She can’t wait to get started with her peers during C4’s 2019 Hatch Training Intensive for Artists in Community! Learn more and connect at candidugas.com.

 

A headshot of Nicolette EmanuelleNicolette Emanuelle, Performance Artist: Nicolette Emanuelle is a professional performance artist known for her fierce stage presence and her ability to mix multiple mediums in her performances. Her talents include aerial arts, stilt walking, burlesque, acting, musical composition, and musical performance on multiple instruments (e.g. cello, piano, vocals, and accordion). She is also the founder and co artistic director of The Hereafter Artist Collective whose mission is to bring the works of past artists to life through performance art. She currently teaches aerial arts and coaches a teen aerial performance company called Earth to Sky Performance Co. Nicolette has a passion for community centered artistic events and creative collaborations. She produces and performs regularly around the Atlanta area (which she is happy to call home).

 

A headshot of Emily GetsayEmily Getsay, Visual Artist, Curator and Arts Administrator: Emily M. Getsay (M.) is a Queer Conceptual Artist, Activist, and Curator. As a conceptual artist, their pieces stem from ideas that allow an expansion of oneself through relatable and textual lens. As an activist in their hometown community of Atlanta Georgia, M. addresses the many social and political issues that arise living as a queer, non binary person, in the south. Their work opposes systematic and cultural barriers such as stigma towards people living with HIV/AIDS, Sexual Harassment, Human Trafficking, Gender Identity, and coping with mental illnesses. Through their work, they explore the liminal space between perception and actual reality and create work that translates those ideas to others. As humans we are always excepting new information and trying to comprehend how we can apply it to our lives, all the while moving through time and space. M. tries to  bring those ideas and knowledge to the surface so that it becomes transferable across cultures and society.

 

A headshot of Bridget McCarthy.Bridget McCarthy, Writer and Actor: Bridget McCarthy is just tickled to be in such great company. She is an actor, activist, comedian, writer, and theatre maker who is proud to call Atlanta “home”. In 2013, she stepped into a prison in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and witnessed a theatre-making circle. She fell in love with theatre as a tool of amplification, empowerment, and connection for unexpected voices. She has devised and produced new theatre pieces with her neighbors experiencing incarceration, homelessness, folks who are reintegrating into life after sexual slavery, with those battling addiction, and with brave new Americans coming to the US seeking asylum. In addition to community work, she is an advocate for eating disorder awareness and mental health destigmatization. Her one woman show is called Fat Juliet: One Woman’s Unsolicited Thoughts About Eating Disorders, Christian Extremism, Shakespeare, and AC/DC. It premiers this summer in Atlanta and is available for booking starting this fall. For more information or to connect, please visit BridgetMcCarthy.net , or connect on Instagram @SomethingWittyPlease.

 

A headshot of Okwae Miller.Okwae Miller, Dancer and Choreographer: Okwae A. Miller is an Atlanta-based professional dancer and emerging choreographer who strives to create progressive experimental and research-based interdisciplinary work rooted in personal identity, history and the universal human experience. Heavily influenced by social injustice and intersection of cultural communities, his work has a high regard to identity politics, social anthropology and creative environments. With a highly graphic choreographic approach each work beholds distinct integration of technology, characterization of quality and collaboration. Mr. Miller is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has studied and trained in dance at Duke University, The Ailey School, American Dance Festival School, and Spelman College. His work has been featured at The Bakery Atlanta, The B-Complex, the MAD Festival and Emory University. Miller is the Artistic Director of Okwae A. Miller & Artists.

 

A headshot of Magdalena O'Connor.Magdalena O’Connor, Sculptor and Body Painter: Magdalena O’Connor is a sculptor, welder, body painter and special effects artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. Body painting since 2006, Magdalena has won many competitions internationally and went back to school in 2014 to study welding/fabrication. Passionate about learning and sharing knowledge Magdalena has taught props and mask making workshops for many years with participants going on to win international competitions.

 

A headshot of Lee Osorio.

Lee Osorio, Theatremaker: Lee Osorio is an actor, teaching artist, and playwright based in Atlanta. Lee’s one-act play Faith was a finalist for the Latinx Theatre Commons 2018 Carnaval. He is a two time Alliance Artist Reiser Lab recipient and his work has had staged readings presented by Essential Theater and Found Stages. Lee’s work as an actor has been seen at the Alliance, Aurora, Actor’s Express, True Colors, Serenbe Playhouse, and the Shakespeare Tavern, as well as Off-Broadway. He is currently an Artistic Associate and the Communications Manager at Out of Hand Theater where he is currently devising a piece with the seniors at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility.

 

A headshot of Bree Stallings.Bree Stallings, Muralist and Visual Artist: Bree graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in May of 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art and Creative Writing. She resides near uptown Charlotte where she works as a painter, illustrator and muralist. Currently, she teaches adults and children intermediate and advanced drawing and painting techniques at her studio called the Learning Lab. Using art as her vehicle, she raises awareness for many causes that affect her life and those closest to her such as economic mobility, sexual health advocacy, displacement and homelessness and environmental consciousness.

 

A headshot of Ashley Thomas.Ashley Thomas, Muralist and Art Educator: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ashley credits her bold colorful painting style to the plethora of colorful experiences growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana and Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley is said to be a very unique teacher with a knack for hooking even the most disengaged student to art. From oil portraits to city murals Ashley loves to change the energy of any street block or home/office hallway through her energetic and lively style. Ashley was trained at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her rescue dog named Bud and going to live performances around the city of Atlanta. Ashley has provided free art clinics for all ages in Atlanta, Georgia. She has taught for over thirteen years in public schools from Hampton Virginia to Atlanta Georgia and everywhere she goes people are delighted by her talents. In 2012, Ashley was chosen as a finalist by Wonderroot to create a public art piece for University Ave in Pittsburgh Atlanta. She was a finalist in the Verizon HBCU art competition and has shown in a plethora of juried exhibitions across the southeast. In 2018 Ashley completed a mural at Westlake High School and a mural on Cleveland Ave. Ashley is not only up for any creative task but always leaves her mark. She has also run a fine arts non-profit, The Big Picture, in Hampton Virginia where she held weekly art clinics and artist mentorship to the kids and teens of Lincoln Park Housing Projects in Hampton, Virginia. Ashley is currently looking for opportunities to paint murals in the city of Atlanta.

 

A headshot of Ankhet Williams.Ankhet Williams, Poet and Visual Artist: Ankhet is an artist and poet from Atlanta, Georgia. She uses Acrylic and oils for paintings and free verse poetry.

“I love studying and focusing on people who left legacies of love and bravery and placing them in history as they deserve. I use poetry and art to venerate thsese figures with the goal of impacting how we perceive these cultural figures now and in the long term. Figures such as: Sarah Baartmen, Peter Gordon, etc.”

Ankhet has a BS Sociology and Anthropology from Valdosta State University. Founder of “The Art of Esteem”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the esteem of students through art and culture.

 

A headshot of Kristan Woolford.Kristan Woolford, Digital Media/Filmmaker and Art Educator: Kristan Woolford is a Video Production Teacher at Maynard Jackson where he works to train Atlanta’s future generation of filmmakers. He currently serves as the Creative Director of Black Noize Media Group, which is a web based digital media distribution platform that utilizes entertainment and media to serve as a nexus for hip hop culture, community engagement and activism among youth and youth adults.

 

 

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.

 

Fall 2016 Hatch Training Intensive: Community Hopes and Dreams

There was a full house assembled to watch our Hatch artists present their final projects on December 4, 2016.
There was a full house assembled to watch our Hatch artists present their final projects on December 4, 2016.

Over the past four months, thirteen artists have taken a journey with us to gain a deeper understanding of the nuances that define publicly engaged art through our Hatch Training Intensive. They have spanned a variety of artistic disciplines: painting, aerial circus arts, sculpture, jewelry-making, dance, printmaking, graphic design, performance art, fashion, literature, and so much more. However, all of these artists share a deep love of community and want to share their artistic practice. We are so proud to announce the artists of the Fall 2016 Hatch Training Intensive cohort: Priscilla Alarcon, Maggie Benoit, Foluke Beveridge, Joe Dreher, Sara Gregory, Latanya Hardaway, Phil Harris, Shaun Martin, Lennie Gray Mowris, Miriam Robinson.

This particular Hatch session could be referred to as Hatch 2.0. After our original pilot program last fall, our staff wanted to incorporate some of the feedback provided by the pilot artists. The biggest feedback that we received was a need for a practical way for the skills learned to be applied during the learning process. We knew that having a chance to exercise and hone skills BEFORE working directly with a community was needed to practice the new skill set without putting students or community members at risk as “guinea pigs”. In order to support this goal, we made two major upgrades: the introduction of a Hatch Workbook and Group Presentations.

Sara Gregory and Foluke Beveridge consult their workbooks while finishing up work on their final project.
Terp Vairin, Miriam Robinson, Shaun Martin and Priscilla Smith consult their workbooks while working on an RFP exercise for Hatch.

In order to implement these changes, our staff spent two weeks (and some change) this summer solely on this one program. We made worksheets, wrote detailed explanations of exercises, created case study examples and revamped lesson plans in order to create a workbook that could be utilized as a tool by students even after the class ended. For the group presentations, we researched ACTUAL RFPS and Calls for Artists, as well as artist-led community projects to come up with our theoretical group project prompts. The involved artists were responsible for working together in small groups to create a plan for artistic engagement with community based on the goals and challenges outlined in the prompts.

 

On the whole, the Hatch program we created at the end of that three weeks was incredibly robust. The artists involved in this cohort committed not only to a four month training process, but also to a small amount of outside group work necessary to finish their projects. Classes met one weekend a month, with work due to complete their projects by the next training weekend.

Working together on a project added a necessary challenge for the Hatch artists. When working with community, artists must be able to work collaboratively in order to work with other artists, stakeholders, city governments, planning teams, etc. One group in particular became very adept at working around challenging schedules through distance conferencing and collaborative software. One of the artists in this group is also a firefighter who had to spend entire days solely at the firehouse. Other groups also dealt with scheduling, work, and personal issues that made collaboration a challenge. In spite (and in some cases, because of) their difficulties, these artists all managed to present incredible plans for community.

Each group explored a different prompt with a different community. Here are the prompts that were given to artists:

A visual documentarian recorded our groups ideas while they were presenting. These documentation board will be displayed at Fuse Arts Center.
A visual documentation recorded our groups ideas while they were presenting. These documentation board will be displayed at Fuse Arts Center.

1. Suburban City outside a major metro-area is looking to incorporate arts into their city planning. New development is now required to set aside a 1% for the arts. Traditionally the city has focused on visual, public art. They are now interested in expanding public art beyond just murals. The city has put out a Request for Proposal, with a start-up budget of $5000, for projects which can incorporate multi-disciplinary art (visual, performance, etc.) to engage community.

2. There is an uncontrolled empty lot in an historic city neighborhood which is known for crime, drug use, and vagrancy. The local community has been in conversation with private developers who want it to invest in the lot for a new parking deck for adjacent condos. The community is skeptical about the gentrification happening, and would like to see the lot used for something other than additional parking. How would you engage the community to find a solution to the use of that abandoned lot?

3. A rural community (roughly 10,000 people) has received a state grant to reinvigorate the historic downtown area to answer for the recent drop in population due to a lack of commerce. (Pick a reason: industry factory closed, decline in agriculture, better jobs elsewhere, etc.) This community has a rich cultural heritage, but there has been a lot of erasing of that heritage as resources continue to deplete. The Chamber of Commerce has ear-marked $3500 of the state grant to increase community vibrancy and reinvigorate the local economy. Devise a way to match these funds and develop stronger community pride through cultural heritage.

4. Local public high school has cut funding for after school programming, including the arts, due to limited funds. The school has a history of high truancy, low SAT scores, and high dropout rates. A group of concerned parents (7 families) are looking for solutions to address these issues. These parents are interested in developing a myriad of solutions which may not include strictly school sanctioned programming. Have your group develop ideas which represent the 1500 student body and include key stakeholders of the community.

Class Photo! Back row (from top left): Shaun Martin, Foluke Beveridge, Priscilla Alarcon, Beth West, Phil Harris, Priscilla Smith, Latanya Hardaway. Front Row (from bottom left): Terp Vairin, Maggie Benoit, Lennie Gray Mowris, Miriam Robinson, Sara Gregory. Not Pictured: Joe Dreher.
Class Photo! Back row (from top left): Shaun Martin, Foluke Beveridge, Priscilla Alarcon, Beth West, Phil Harris, Priscilla Smith, Latanya Hardaway. Front Row (from bottom left): Terp Vairin, Maggie Benoit, Lennie Gray Mowris, Miriam Robinson, Sara Gregory. Not Pictured: Joe Dreher.

The following recommendations were also given to the artists:

  • Consider government policies that may help or hinder you such as main street initiatives, tax allocation districts, and federal economic developments.
  • Find a local community which might be a model for your demographic research.
  • Once that community is identified, consider all stakeholders in the community.
  • Final presentations should be more about the process instead of the product. If an art project comes from your time in Hatch remember to stay focused on how you arrived at that idea.

I am proud to present to you the presentations of the thirteen artists participating in this cohort. Below you will find a video of their presentations to the public, which took place on December 4, 2016. Those interested in applying for the Spring 2017 Hatch Training Intensive should consult the Hatch Training Page. Here you can find applications, training dates and more information on our program. You can also RSVP to our upcoming Info Session for interested artists on December 14, 2016 at 11am at Fuse Arts Center. Questions? Those interested in the program may reach out to me by email at Audrey@c4atlanta.org. Hatch is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Enjoy Hatch Artists Presentations: