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Get to Know Aldanie Martinez!

Aldanie Martinez, Capoeira
Aldanie Martinez, Capoeira

Posting on behalf of our new Volunteer Coordinator, Aldanie Martinez. Aldanie also serves on our Finance Committee. If you don’t know Aldanie, you should. He is smart and passionate about the arts in Atlanta.

In his on words…

Hi, I’m Aldanie Martinez. I’ll be helping to coordinate volunteers in the months to come, and I’d like to introduce myself to the C4 community.

I was lucky enough to run into C4 a few months back at the great Gather Atlanta panel discussion on marketing and engaging a growing audience. This is where I met Jessyca and Joe. I was instantly attracted to Jessyca’s input as part of the panel. She showed a depth of knowledge from personal experiences of the struggles of an artist while having a clear grasp on business concepts and technologies helpful to the creative community.

You see, growing up, I’ve seen the struggle of an artist to make a living out of a passion within my own family. There’s my late great uncle, whom many feel that despite having studied alongside some incredibly successful artists in amazing places such as The Juilliard School in New York, he did not achieve a success proportional to his incredible work. He simply wasn’t good at business. I’ve also seen my mother create truly breathtaking pieces for decades, and yet is still intimidated by the business side of art. I can’t help but feel that there’s too much talent and beauty that remains undiscovered simply because of artists not having access to the business skills they need to make a living from their creations. This affected me so much that I decided to focus on learning business as opposed to following my talents in art when the time came to choose a career path.

So, after being jaded for almost a decade of refraining from my true passions in an all-work-and-no-play lifestyle in business administration, marketing, and sales, I decided to explore ways to use what I’ve learned while following what drives me. That’s why I’m so drawn to C4 and really couldn’t wait to find a meaningful way to help with its mission and vision to kill the condition of “The Starving Artist” by helping him succeed.

Things got even more impressive once I learned they were looking to push their mission to a whole new level by creating an incubator of sorts to house creative entrepreneurs and organizations. This feels like history in the making!

So my goal is simple. I want to help the incredible work of C4 by finding amazing volunteer talent to help this growing organization. I also want to give our people what I’ve found through volunteering for this task; a meaningful opportunity where we get to use our talents, have fun, and create great experiences that look good on a resume and awesome in a personal photo album. I know there’s great talent out there looking for opportunities to be impactful, and I’m going to look for it all over Atlanta. So, if that’s you, we need to talk!

I’m looking forward to rocking with the great people who will help make history in the Atlanta Arts Community!

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with C4 Atlanta, shoot us an email: actionteam@c4atlanta.org. Aldanie will be in touch with you!

Aldanie Martinez Photo
Aldanie Martinez


Just a brief update from your neighborhood arts service organization:

Tonight we will be participating in Gather Atlanta. Come see us, and visit all the other cool groups there as well. In preparation for Gather, we have put together a rocking one-sheet. We will have this up on our site next week for you to download. We also created an email sign-up page on our website. Our email solutions provider is Atlanta’s very own MailChimp.  We love MailChimp (and no we did not receive money for writing that). Join our list!

Over the next three weeks we will:

  • File  for our 501 (c) 3 – we have an attorney thanks to Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • Create a Board Development Plan
  • Develop our first Fundraising plan
  • Develop a plan to launch our professional development seminars in late fall
  • Spec out our website – and put out an RFP for programmers (later we will move to designers)
  • Work on our branding & Media

We also have two potential strategic partnerships that we hope to implement. We want to gather more details about both before we announce our plans, but as soon as we know, you will know.

Did I mention you should join our email list? Yeah. You should. Our list will give you the opportunity to learn more about C4 Atlanta AND about other organizations as well. We plan to make our general email only go out once per month (with the exception of advocacy alerts and items that need immediate attention).

We hope to see you at Gather Atlanta!


P.S. – Join our email group!