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Thought-Provokers: Midtown

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

Gregory Richards

As a kid born in Jamaica I don’t recall having the devout desire to be a ‘photographer’. It wasn’t until the death of my mother that I ended up moving to GA to live with my dad. Little did I know this move would set a precedent for the tone of my life. Read more>>

Shelby Steckbauer

Growing up as a young girl with severe dyslexia, who was painfully shy and struggled in school, to a now 25 year old business owner. Never in a million years would I envision my life where it is today. Read more>>

Liz Cravens, Beth Seelinger

I actually started my career teaching science to middle school aged students. I took to the creative side of science, creating lots of art projects for the students and finding beauty in the lab! After teaching, I took a job as a marketing representative for a local Chick-fil-A restaurant here in Atlanta, In that role I did a lot of event planning and worked with graphics to really promote the brand to the local area. Read more>>

 Masud Olufani

Masud Ashley Olufani (MAO) is an Atlanta based actor and mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2013. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China.  Read more>>

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