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Thought-Provokers: College Park

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around College Park that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Na’iim Shareef

I can remember getting detention daily for drawing in class. I used to make little comics of my friends and me like superheroes and our teachers as the villains. I’ve always known that I wanted to have my own cartoon on tv. That dream has never changed. Read more>

Simeon Felicien

SImeon was born on February 21, 1995 on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. While there, he lived across the street from a dance hall and was part of his church’s youth choir. After relocating to Louisiana in 2002, he picked up the guitar at the age of 13. Read more>>

Jeffrey Attakorah Bandon Project

Spending more time with Jazz and Steel band, i got into the Blues and met Charlie Greaves met and became friends. Greaves invited Attakorah to check out his band, Checkered Heroes perform, that’s where I met Ryan Gorman. Read more>>

Ruth Burotte

I love to learn new skills and apply them to my work. During my freshman year, I was the youngest artist ever to be commissioned by Broward County for public art. I worked on public art projects and painted murals for communities. Read more>>

Corinne Galla

I set up an online shop in 2009, and although oil painting’s my first love, I wanted a market for the tiny watercolor portraits I’d been creating alongside my work in oil. My shop did well: today I’ve had over 1450 sales, and I rank in the top four percent in that online market. Read more>>

Dara Carter

I began playing music at the age of three-years-old with classical music lessons. My father was a lover of diverse music and shared that love with me. I grew up listening to many different genres of music and ultimately this shaped my genre-free style of music. I started my musical training with classical piano lessons at three, began singing at about four, and songwriting at eight. At twelve I began my career as a performing musician. I had the opportunity to perform alongside many of the jazz legendsin Atlanta such as Phil Davis, Joey Sommerville, and J-Fly. Read more>>

Sher Harris

I am 66 years old. I have taught fitness for over 30 years. I started because I suffered an injury on both my feet and ankles and was told to avoid a crippling bout with arthritis as I age, I would need to exercise from now on. I found a program that I liked and began to pursue it. I became certified through Jazzercise about 1984/85, and I taught in several different venues, gyms and recreation centers in and around my local area. Read more>>

Joseph Lazzari

I’ve wanted to be an artist and a musician most of my life. I was fortunate enough to have art classes in grade school and those were the only scholastic environments that I really felt comfortable and productive in at the time. I think that sealed the deal for me. I got an art degree and became a dedicated creative jack of all trades. I learned woodworking, metalworking, mold making and casting, painting, drawing, and sculpting in school and on the job. Read more>>

William Green

I studied jazz for two years. I then went to Georgia State University, where I enrolled in the business of music department where I furthered my studies in Commercial Music. I then formed my band/group known as Magic Dream where I wrote and performed original songs. Read more>>

Sharica Brooks

Throughout 2017 & 2018 I traveled the U.S checking out Art museums, fashion shows and art shows to get an understanding of the art culture in general . Slowly I started to develop relationships with the artist I would meet at shows until it dawned on me that they are missing one key piece to the puzzle. Read more>>

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