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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.

Xeric Cornbread Kirk

Well everyone always told me I was going to be a famous artist when I was younger. I just thought I was odd. Teachers and other kid’s parents would say I was a bright kid or whatever. So much so that it felt like an ‘arranged career choice.’ It felt like folk chose my fate for me. I mean I’ve always loved to create. Read more>>

Shemeeka Gentry

This program introduced me to creating glass fusions, paintings, ceramics, and other collections. In the meantime, I was also active with singing in church and school. Managing art and music was difficult, but I made it a priority to do both while earning good grades. Read more>>

Stanley Johnson aka Shawty Bizz

It was like being hypnotized or perhaps possessed by this force called music, and everyone else noticed it and still do. Dropping mixtape NAY60RHK60D VILLAIN has stirred up a gang of listeners, and before you know it, you will see that 6lu checc by royal rich duke picture. Read more>>

Celeste Rodriguez

In the time of deciding what I was going to do with my life, I knew I couldn’t live without creating. How could I? Art has been a therapy for all of my life, and when I left it for a year as a business major, it became obvious of how much I needed it. Read more>>

Valerie Dumas

I owned a very successful boutique called The Vintage-Flea in our downtown Historic district. When the economy tanked in 2008, I decided to divide our two-story retail space into consignment space.. hoping it would alleviate any financial uncertainty. My plan worked great, but I lost my zest for the business even though we were named Best Gift Boutique three years in a row by Lifestyles Magazine. Read more>>

Emily Brennan Gregg

Articles must be measured and described, including information on what era the piece originates from. This is where experience and knowledge are needed. Last, each item is listed and posted into the shop’s inventory. As mentioned on the shop’s Etsy page, Verna’s Vintage is the birth child of a love for vintage and the belief that buying secondhand is best. Read more>>

Hope Trilly

I learned to cope with the loss of my mom through my love for Hip Hop. I used to have freestyle ciphers with my older brother & cousins. By 2006 I was writing rhymes of my own. I performed my own music several times throughout high school at different events. A couple of years after I graduated high school I relocated to Atlanta to further pursue my music career. Read more>>

Nic Palmtree

Its become super easy with the amount of interactions that you have on twitter now. I think that our city is doing a good job to encourage and help artist. The one thing that I think is the most important is a way to make artists art noticeable. I know for me, it means so much when people notice my work and give me feedback. Read more>>

Meet Naomi Seyy

I decided why not try exotic dancing? I fell in love all over again. The athleticism and poise of a pole dancer are one of the most glorious things I have witnessed and performed. I moved to Atlanta in September 2017. Where I’ve been apart of various Burlesque Troops and a dance agency. I’ve taught at pole and dance studios all over Atlanta. Read more>>

Dezzi Kamali

Versatility is the inspiration in everything that I create. I HAVE to show range in my work. Without range, there’s boredom and death. I don’t want that for myself. I want people to see all the small details, and all the hard work put into my craft. I want people to understand that I’m not a plain Jane artist from the east side; I’m a very inspirational being. Read more>>

Nikita Nikol

I always loved to do things pertaining to fashion and beauty and had a side hustle of doing just that all throughout my schooling. During my typical teenage struggle, I relocated and stayed with my father where I graduated high school and continued on with the career of Cosmetology and discovering that fashion design school was very expensive with no guarantees. Read more>>


My music is fun, sexy, and confident; and I make it that way because that’s the way I want to feel as well as others! If there’s anything anyone should know about my music, it’s that I do it all myself. Besides my newest single “Wait,” which was produced by Mango Mic (and is now out on all streaming sites), I write, produce, engineer, and perform it all myself. Read more>>

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