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Thought-Provokers: South Atlanta

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

LaKeisha Lee

I picked up a guitar when I was thirteen years old. It was a deep red first act guitar. Until then, I had sung most of my music a cappella, which worked considering I was singing opera in churches and birthdays. I was in love with the blues though, and the guitar was my ticket into that world. Read more>>

Sarah Norman

Ever since I was a young child, I have always been interested in art, music and photographs. So it’s only fitting that I wanted to do something with my life that involved creating art. My first real interest in photography began when I was about 12. I became obsessed with 1960’s music and photographs especially music and images that were coming out of London. I became intrigued by the unique style and sounds from that era.  Read more>>

Hilary Kelley

I’ve been drawing since I was a kid–I used to make little books about weird unicorns and I was obsessed with every kind of dog. I made my own paper dolls and all of their clothing, and “helped” my mom with her watercolor paintings. Strangely, I never ended up taking any sort of art class, but art was always in my life in some way. Read more>>

Dana Haugaard

When was a kid my dad, who loves photography, gave me an old Nikon camera and told me to figure it out. For a long time my plan was to be a photographer. I always had the camera and was taking mediocre photos of this and that. I freelanced a bit here and there and was OK at it. Finally, when I went to college I was going to actually take a photo class, but it was full so I took a sculpture class instead. Read more>>

Callie Cullum

Growing up I was determined to be an Olympic swimmer. That was my dream. Art and design were not on my radar until I had a really intense back injury in high school and was unable to continue training in the same capacity as I had before. During that time, I fell in love with design in a high school senior art class and decided to pursue a degree in graphic design. Read more>>

De Shawn Parker

I came to Atlanta in 2009 for college at the art institute of Atlanta and graduated in 2014. I started playin the open mic circuit in south Atlanta in 2011 and started playing around the city to get my name out. I started playing under the “De Shawn Parker Radio Show” back in 2016, I wanted my love show to feel more like Radio show that the audience had to see and hear in person.  Read more>>

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