For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions.
We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2020 : Courtney Brooks
Where do you work and what do you do?
I am a full time independent curator and visual artist and currently the first curator in residence for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.
When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
Art has always been apart of my life since childhood. From grade school through undergrad, I have participated in multiple studies of art. I became creatively driven to pursue art as a career in 2010.
What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?
I knew I would be surrounded in the art world somehow. At one point I wanted to become a interior designer, choreographer or a creative director for music videos.
If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
If I could have lunch with any woman from history, I would choose my maternal grandmother’s grandmother. I want talk about her feelings, her dreams and upbringing. I want talk about love and being a woman.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
One the biggest influence in my life would be my cousin Chere. I always admire her as a child. She was always a go getter, well traveled, confident woman who love hip hop . Despite hardships, She has encountered, I respect that she always kept her faith and love for herself and family. She has always encouraged me to my best self and is on of my the reasons I relocated to Atlanta.
How is art a passion for you?
Art is a passion for me because it connects people. It helps me connect with myself to and appreciate the process of creating. It is sharing an experience through therapeutic practices.
What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
Women a made to create. We are capable and qualified to share our vision, our purpose and and experiences. What we offer is powerful, so it is imperative to have equality and representation to influence the next generation.
What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
Atlanta Art community excites me because the are spaces available to be yourself and supports your efforts as an artist, that is special. Atlanta has a vibe and truly celebrates influencers who are respect the culture.
What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?
I want to continue building bridges and creating platforms for artists to share their gifts. Creating dialogue and solutions that impact our communities. Focusing on narratives that not only myself is passion about but other future creatives as well.
Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.)?
Catch info on upcoming events and current works on www.Cbrooksart.com and Follow @cbrooksart and @journeyofablackgirl on Instagram