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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

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 Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Andrea Jahde

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska dreaming of having my own fashion label. I went on to receive my Masters in Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University, studied furniture making in Copenhagen, completed an accelerated shoemaking course at the London College of Fashion. Read more>>

Dana Saulnier

My art continues to teach me. It keeps expanding my options; my understanding continually deepens. I would stress to young artists that it has been both highly challenging and totally gratifying to pursue a life in art. Art has taught me to think differently again and again and it has taught me to truly trust my feelings as witness to our fleeting and complex situation. It is a way to live. Read more>>

Ashley Sno

All the experiences I’ve had makes my music more relatable because I choose to embrace the journey. I choose to transmute all the energies into art. Music has given me the gift of healing, and I want to share that. Read more>>

Austen Taylor

I began photography when I was about 19 years old. The summer going into my freshman year of college was a dream. Every day was filled with summer fun and adventures. I was first introduced to photography during this time. Read more>>

Christian Cody

I eventually ventured into fashion photography to facilitate my photographic voice. I always had the intuitive spirit to make images that felt from another place or time. And after time I felt a greater strength in the aesthetic that was developing. Read more>>

Howard Schwartzberg

Teaching one hundred and fifty kids a day can be a task and at times it’s a real challenge to make forty-five minutes have value to some students, but at the end of most days I still leave with a feeling of accomplishment. Read more>>


These hometown superheroes, being called the most energetic band in Atlanta, have a sound powerful enough to light up the entire city. The Sagas break the sound barrier with their signature blend of musicality. Read more>>

Faith Hobbs

Being a vendor, I have brought so much attention to this auto-immune disease that around 1% of the population has! I have truly accomplished more than I thought I could for the uveitis community and I definitely have a long way to go! Read more>>

Lisa Streib

My love of photography started in high school, when I took my first class as an elective. At that time, I was attracted to old buildings that I would see throughout South Georgia and most anything with an interesting texture. I was hooked! Read more>>

Tim Mielke

After graduating from Pillsbury in 2006, my wife and I started Milky Way Photography, a freelance wedding and portrait business. Pillsbury offered me a position teaching photography while pursuing a photography graduate degree. In the fall of 2008. Read more>>

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