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Downtown’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Atlanta’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Downtown’s rising stars below.

Gregory Schlagdenhauffen

Greg was born and raised in Alsace, France. He first came to America as a Foreign Exchange Student when he was 17 years old. After earning his International Business degree from Berry College, Greg decided he wanted to return home and started working as a export manager for a winery and the mission was to develop distribution channels in the United States. Read more>>

Auriel Oates

I am the founder of The Art of Metanoia, a brand created to give young creatives a platform to showcase their art. My passion for learning about others leads me towards constant exploration and practicing the art of growth as much as possible. Read more>>

Cleon T Day III

During March, Georgia legislature session, law makers passed House Bill 757 (known as the religious liberty bill) for Georgia’s Governor to sign into law. It would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT people based on religious faith. Read more>>

Ashlee Hightower

I graduated from law school and did what any good newly minted lawyer does; I took a job at a large, national law firm in Birmingham, Alabama. After practicing law for three years, I transitioned into a more corporate legal job in Washington, DC at a global publishing company where I worked as a legal editor writing and editing legal articles. Read more>>

Amelia Quinn

After visiting a friend in Costa Rica who began an organization working with men and women in prostitution, I knew commercial sexual exploitation was a issue I would never be able to ignore again. I soon moved to Atlanta after the trip and began volunteering with other anti-trafficking organizations in the city. Read more>>

Chandra Smith

My name is Chandra Smith and I am a fine art portrait photographer in Charleston, SC, specializing in maternity, infants, and children. I am originally from Rochester, New York, where I received a degree in Visual Communications and Photography. When I relocated to Charleston, I attended Trident Technical College for Photography and Graphic Design and The Art Institute of Charleston for Photography. Read more>>

Nicole Renee Ryan

I started painting full time starting in 2011 when I quit my job between a move from Virginia back home to Pennsylvania. It was a pretty jarring transition that I didn’t prepare for at first. I gave myself a year to do art full time before I reevaluated if I should go get a “real job” or keep working for myself. Read more>>


In the beginning there was nothing and out of nothing came more nothing. I then came with another nothing and have been here ever since. I am the nothing of nothing. Soon after the nothing there was everything. I then watched as the everything became more of everything and have seen it continue to grow ever since. Read more>>

Brandon Ley and Johnny Martinez

It was a stormy night when our dark lord sent us an Ouija message. That was how we began looking for an opportunity to open our own space. After stumbling blindly through the process and anti-praying over the pentagram secretly installed under the floorboards, Joystick emerged. We had, and continue to have, no idea what we are doing. Read more>>

David Wright

I was born the son of a Pastor and raised in Atlanta in the West End area. I matriculated through Atlanta Public Schools and tried to find my place following in the footsteps of my father by attending Morehouse College. While I loved being immersed in an HBCU experience, something about it didn’t fit for me. Read more>>

Sonia Barber

I am a Florida native who relocated to Atlanta in 2005 to continue Nursing school. I later found myself enrolled in Nail school as a way to supplement my income while attending school F/T.. Read more>>

Malikah Harris

In the year 2006 while driving to work on highway 429 in Orlando, Florida. God had spoken to me as clear as the day I was living. He said he wanted me to write a Broadway Musical entitled Blood Sisters. He also add that he wanted me to write a spin off novel entitled Generational Curses. Read more>>

James Kyles

I, (James H. Kyles, Jr.), established Destined for Greatness Outreach Youth Center in June of 2010. My passion began as a young child raised in Milwaukee WI watching my oldest sister(a single mom) struggled to raise 2 boys with no help from their fathers at that time. As a very close knit Christian family, we all contributed to help her raise the boys. Read more>>

Create The Culture

Our team consists of five uniquely talented individuals who coordinate art exhibitions and community events in the city of Atlanta, with plans of expansion. Within the group, we have three visual artists, a photographer/videographer, and an event manager/makeup artist. Read more>>

Dayle Bennett

It all started when I was a young artist in elementary school. My art teacher recognized my talent and recommended to mother to place me in advanced classes. that teacher started it all. She encouraged me and opened my eyes to the possibility of my creative career. I never looked back. Read more>>

Daniel Miranda

When I was 12 years old I had the amazing opportunity to shoot my Aunts wedding, When I received the pictures back I presented them to her. She said ” Danny, your pictures came out better then the guy I hired” from thay moment on my eye has been in a camera. Read more>>

April Watkins

It all started when I borrowed a friend’s book and after having it for a couple weeks, I was unable to return the book in the condition that I received it. I work full time and take MARTA to and from work throughout the week. Read more>>


I am an Atlanta Native. I have lived, grown up, and built my life here. I have been making art my entire life. The desire and passion to create started very early for me. Art was always a part of my world. I never was a child that played with dolls. Instead, I preferred to be drawing, doodling, or what not. Read more>>

Milan Amani

The brand has been in business for almost two years now. I thought of the idea of the company March of 2016 and launched it three months later. My first Pop-Up shop was in July with over 100+ entrepreneurs in attendance; this is where I found my niche of hosting events. Read more>>

Shan Williams

I was at the tail end of a dead end relationship. School had been on my mind for a while, so I took a brief online survey to determine what type of program would be the best match for me, as a child, I loved to write, draw, and tell stories. Read more>>

Khiray Richards

I owe all of my success to God and a good portion to my fiance. Growing up, I always wanted to be an actor or work in the area of film. I would have great ideas, but no drive or ambition behind it to go forward. Read more>>

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