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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.

Jasmine Sykes

My interest in photography began when I did modeling. I liked being in front of the camera, but actually capturing a creative shot peaked my interest more. I bought my first (really basic) camera when I was a teenager just to capture and collect memories. Read more>>

Theresa Davis

I started writing and performing poetry after the death of my father almost 15 years ago. The first time I performed a poem was at Java Monkey Speaks hosted by Kodac Harrison. I was introduced to Slam Poetry in 2005. Slam poetry, is a competition where members of the audience score poems. In 2011 I won the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Read more>>

Vanessa Perkins

What brings me the most joy out of photography is living in these rare happy moments, most of the time, with complete strangers. I get to come into their lives for an hour or sometimes longer, and feel what they feel for each other. Love. Read more>>

Lil Vyl

I started pursuing music after getting such push from local support. It wasn’t really poetry that pushed me to rap because I’ve always been somewhat of a poet, but the freedom the music itself offered. I been through a lot before things started lining up for me whether it was surfing couches. Read more>>

Cooley Savant

I’ve been a practicing graphic designer for about five years and a hip-hop artist for 12. The more I think on this question, the more I realize that I don’t have one singular, unique story that molded me into an artist. Read more>>

Mark Zimmermann

I have no formal art “education,” in the academic sense. I do recall drawing rather obsessively as a child, though having not been turned onto abstraction, I didn’t really see what I was doing as “art.” I was actually more engaged by my figurative cartoons… Read more>>

Carlos York

For me it’s more than just taking pictures for social media. It’s about connecting with the world and using this gift as an outlet to hopefully inspire others. It’s surreal knowing that photography has become a platform upon which I can share with the world, my interpretation of things I feel and see. Read more>>

Brittany Colvin

As I got older and really started to pay more attention to details as far as what I was wearing to school & what color to dye my hair this week I started to get more creative and also started taking my fashions more serious. Read more>>

Kelita Almond

Now from a very young age, I always had a gift for writing, but when I was in the 5th grade I had a writing assignment, and once I completed it and read it back to myself, I realized that it rhymed and I was impressed and quite intrigued. Read more>>

Que Jackson

I began planning events, booking artists for major events and eventually landed a role with a prominent publication. In 2012, I embarked on what would be the beginning of an amazing journey and launched Quente’Sential Branding, my brand development, and publicity firm. Read more>>

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