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First Amendment Rights with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Street musician with guitar
Image by artist Coffee.

In Atlanta, there has been a lot of interest lately in art in the public realm. What is and is not allowed in the public sphere has been brought further to the forefront as the interest in public art, political art, and performance in public space grows.

I would be remiss not to mention several very visible controversies over an artist’s rights to freedom of expression lately that prompted an interest in sharing this topic. One of the most well known examples in the city are the two murals painted in South Atlanta by international artists Hyuro and Roti that sparked interest in Atlanta’s mural art permitting process in Atlanta. C4 staff also learned anecdotally through our personal circles of musicians arrested for playing in public spaces. And within the last month, artist Kyle Brooks (Black Cat Tips) posted an account on his blog of the citations he received as a result of displaying his own work on his privately owned property. All three of these instances deal with artistic expression in the public right of way and in some way relate to the artist’s ability to exercise freedom of expression.

For artists confronted with these issues, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) is a tremendous resource.  If you aren’t familiar, GLA provides everything from general education on issues of relevance to artists to low/no cost legal council for artists. They are an incredible resource to the artistic community, and one that every artist should know about.

C4 Atlanta recently partnered with GLA to offer a free workshop to the arts community around First Amendment Rights when working in the public right of way. GLA Executive Director Meredith Raigins, Esq., and Director of Operations Matthew Goings, Esq. presented the free workshop at 7 Stages Theatre on May 9, 2017. The contents of the presentation are available for download in the PDF below. Additionally, we have included other helpful links for more information.

Download 1st Amendment Rights Presentation by Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

**Disclaimer: The resources provided are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal council. They should not be viewed as a substitute to working with an attorney or law professional.

Additional helpful links:

Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Information (includes information on permitting for public art)

A Guide to the Visual Artists’ Rights Act (VARA)


We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

As the year comes to a close, we are all to happy to thank everyone who has helped to make this year at C4 Atlanta such a success! Looking back, there have been many tremendous milestones for our organization, and we are so happy to be able to have the resources and support to continue our work in the Atlanta arts community. We’d like to take a moment and highlight some of these amazing people and organizations who have helped us get to where we are:


This year we launched a brand new class initiative called Hatch. The focus of this program is learning the “soft” skills to work in community and public art. C4 Atlanta would be remissed if we did not first thank the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation who has financially supported and mentored this program from just a small idea into an important next step for our organization and the artist we work with. We also owe a lot of the success of our initial pilot program to our content contributors: McKenzie Wren from Clarkston Community Center, Emily Hopkins from Side Street Projects and Heather Alhadeff from Center Forward. In the new year, we are looking forward to the contributions of Jim Grace from the Arts & Business Council Greater Boston and documentary filmmaker Katina Parker. Our program quality would not have have been the same without the input of these wonderful arts leaders. In addition, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our pilot program artists for their participation in the process. These artists have graciously volunteered their time and energy to be a part of this initial education process, and we are grateful for their dedication, contributions and feedback as we continue to develop our curriculum. Our initial pilot program artists are: Jessica Caldas, Nick Madden, Michael Jones, Hez Stalcup, Angela Davis Johnson, Lauren Pallotta, Charmaine Minniefield, William Massey III, Scottie Rowell, Danielle Deadwyler, Kris Pilcher, Orion Crook, and Shannon Willow. Thanks for being such wonderful artists and individuals! – Audrey Gámez, Education Manager

Photo by William Massey III of Hatch artists in discussion regarding community and identity.
Photo by William Massey III of Hatch artists in discussion regarding community and identity.



Back in August of this year, C4 Atlanta moved into it’s 6th year of incorporation. An achievement of this kind only happens with the help and support of many different people, specifically the individual artists who have taken our classes and advocated for C4 Atlanta’s mission since our inception. It seemed only fitting that C4 Atlanta host a celebration in honor of our 5th birthday for the people who helped to get us here. In October C4 Atlanta hosted an inaugural event, Artoberfest, to do just that. With plans already in place for a second annual event in 2016, C4 Atlanta wants to thanks all the people and artists who brought this event to life.

Wild Heaven Craft Beers was our host sponsor for the event, and thanks to their kind staff and fantastic beer everyone who showed left that evening filled the brim with joy.  Our Host Committee provided the funding, people, and manpower to bring this event to fruition. Without them it would have just been the C4 Atlanta staff standing around drinking beer, so special thanks goes to every individual that moved a table, donated money, or provided their expertise to make this event happen. And last but certainly not least, C4 Atlanta wants to thank each artists that came out and shared a glass with us, especially our entertainment for the night. Without the talents of Bad Sausage, The Marvels of Justice, and Gold Griffith Artoberfest would have been just another evening. Their music lightened our spirits and inspired us to dance into the night. – Chelsea Steverson, Operations Manager

Some of the many happy faces enjoying good music, great beer, and even better company.
Some of the many happy faces enjoying good music, great beer, and even better company at Artoberfest.


Friends, Mentors, Advisers, All-Around-Kick-A-People

I have so many people to thank this year. 2015 has been a tremendous period of growth for me personally and professionally. The first person I think of is Margaret Kargbo. I wish she were still around to see and share C4’s accomplishments. I have so much to say about Margaret but I might start crying at my desk. She is missed.

I also have to thank my staff. I really care about them. They are hard-working, smart people whom I am proud to know. They are also pretty funny–which face it, it is people who make the difference between a job and a passion. I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention my co-founder and friend, Joe Winter. He is my sounding post. He is a fantastic board member.

Speaking of board… C4 has a great board. People who really care about not just the arts but Atlanta as a whole city. They represent different perspectives and background, yet they share passion for our community.

I am thankful for two new partnerships this year with the College of the Arts at GA Tech and MOCA GA. We have so many partners in the arts but these are our newest program partners.

I want to give a special shout out to Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Seriously. This is a great resource.

I also want to thank the people who take my phone calls or sit with me over a cup of coffee.  Or they have supported me in ways that I can’t repay. These people go the extra step because they believe that the arts make a difference and they believe in me–which is humbling to say the least (in no particular order): Kurt Ronn, Heather Pontonio, Beverly & Jeff Winter, Jennifer Kimball, Heather Alhadeff, the M Rich Staff, Melonie Tharpe, Lisa Neidermyer, Bill Gignilliat, Alexander Acosta, City of Atlanta Council member Kwanza Hall, Jay Tribby, Debbie & John Holland, Jim Tolbert, my family, Shelly Elman,  Jessica Caldas, and to my husband, Spencer Holland (the silent C4 partner).

To our donors, funders and sponsors: we can’t do this with out you. That’s the truth. Thank you.

And lastly but not least: thank you artists and arts administrators who choose to call the greater Atlanta region your home. We are better for it. You inspire me. Everyday. – Jessyca Holland, Executive Director

C4 Atlanta team with Kwanza Hall

TechsmARTs : IP & Copyright in the Digital Age


Monday morning C4 Atlanta hosted a TechsmARTs panel discussion in partnership with The Office of Arts at Georgia Tech on Intellectual Property in the digital age. Special thanks to our host sponsors 7 Stages!

The revolution in the information technology world has fundamentally changed the way that people gain access to content. More and more information is becoming available in digital format making almost anything accessible with the click of a mouse. Yet the same technologies that provide this enhanced access also raise difficult questions concerning intellectual property because technology that provides easy access also aids in the ease of copying—both legal and illegal.

C4 Atlanta saw this as a very important and relevant topic trending in the arts community. After issues such as the Richard Price – Suicide Girls Instagram Price War and Tailor Swift’s public extraction from Spotify, C4 Atlanta saw an opportunity to bring a group of panelist together to discuss this poignant issue facing artists and their work.

The stellar panel for this talk was comprised of:

Each panelist played an important role in how the discussion was shaped, and offered varying insights related to copyright, fair use, and intellectual property. The morning started with the following video and concluded with a discussion and Q&A session.


Additionally, we have provided you with a list of articles and resources which sparked the original development of this discussion as well as links to articles/resources mentioned in the talk. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, a full recording of the discussion is available for your listening pleasure.  

Resources & Inspiration

Listen to the whole discussion here: