Volunteer registration signup is from 8:30-9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, and the work day lasts from 9 a.m. till noon. Check the weather and dress appropriately. It's probably a good idea to bring your own pair of work gloves, lest you have to don a pair of rental gloves, and nobody likes that. Also, feel free to bring your own gardening tools, though tools will be provided by Oakland Cemetery.
If you are interested in coming out to work, send an e-mail an RSVP to email@example.com so that we can plan the work and what kind of tools we'll need to get lined up for the day.
In the meantime, donations are being accepted via Indiegogo. The Home Depot Foundation will match up to $2,500 raised.
A dollar can make a difference. But $1,000? Now that's some serious change.
It's been a week since the kickoff of Creative Loafing's Neighborhood Do Good campaigns, and the response has been tremendous. The contributions, on the other hand, have only been creeping in - until today.
Lo and behold, Studioplex Pavilion stepped to the plate with 1,000 greenbacks today to support its neighborhood project, the creation of Marie Cowser Memorial Park in Old Fourth Ward. The late Marie Cowser was a neighborhood activist in Old Fourth Ward who played a significant role in the creation of Studioplex, the arts community and live/work complex on Auburn Avenue, as well as the preservation of the community as a whole.
Studioplex's significant donation brings the O4W Do Good fundraising goal of $2,500 halfway within reach with 23 days left in the campaign. Cowser's daughter, Giovanni Daou, was excited to hear the news: "Wow, this is awesome! My family and I are truly honored and thankful for Studioplex's generous contribution toward my mother's park dedication."
We're encouraging other Old Fourth Ward businesses and residents to contribute, too. And that goes for the rest of the Do Good projects in Capitol View and Oakland Cemetery in Grant Park. These are all neighborhood-based projects initiated by nonprofits with the goal of beautifying and enriching their communities. So if you haven't donated yet, don't be shy. No amount is too small. The more money raised, the more the Home Depot Foundation is committed to donating through in-kind contributions.
Be sure to check out the full Neighborhood Guide and the Do Good project page, where we've made it easier to click through to each corresponding IndieGoGo campaign.
The mayor's said in the last few months that the city is in much better financial shape than in the past, thanks in part to the contentious reform of the city employees' pension plans, which has freed up more cash. Reed's approach to arts funding has swung from practically axing it completely in his 2012 budget to restoring it to providing a $250,000 bump in 2013. So why's he doing this? Is he trying to fill the massive void in arts funding that exists in this city despite the fact that we have the most arts-related businesses per capita nationwide, according to Americans for the Arts' Creative Industries 2012 study? Is he having stadium guilt? At yesterday's ceremony, he said it was in honor of Domenge's generous donation of the sculptures. The group of artworks was originally commissioned for an exhibit at Chicago's Millenium Park. When the exhibit ended last year, the artist decided to donate the six artworks to cities across the nation, and Atlanta's proposal to bring some of the work here was accepted. They are now on display in Freedom Park at the corner of Oakdale Road and North Avenue.
More photos after the jump and more details about the money once we hear back from the mayor's office.
When we spoke with Ginestra around the time of her hire, she was in the beginning stages of launching the Walthall Artist Fellowship. Since that time, she's played an integral role in the Imaginary Million, WonderRoot CSA, and countless other other local arts events.
According to Ginestra, WonderRoot is already in the process of hiring a new creative director. Executive Director and founder Chris Appleton will serve in her place during the interim. No word yet on where Ginestra will land.
The day we had coffee, we drove down to Capitol View and walked through the house, a sprawling Second Empire style-home built in 1903 by one of the neighborhood's first families, the Deckners, according to TCP's website. The Deckners were German immigrants that ended up in Atlanta in the mid-1800s via Wisconsin. Family members owned lots of property throughout the neighborhood and this home's owner, Charles Deckner, was a well-regarded agricultural expert and "well respected in the community as a public figure. He served as the vice president of the 5th Congressional District of the Georgia State Horticultural Society from 1908 to 1909. He also had a pivotal role in the "Last Man Club" of Atlanta. This group was made up of Civil War veterans and met in the Masonic Lodge (1310 Metropolitan Parkway) in Capitol View," according to TCP's website.
Charles' home, which had been added on to over the years, had a huge kitchen, a wrap-around front porch, enough space to house four artists and their studios. Years of neglect had left the house somewhat a mess on the inside. Abghari estimates renovation costs would have run TCP $20,000-$40,000. Now, a quick renovation to get artists in by the end of summer is out of the question. But TCP is moving forward, considering its options for keeping the HeART House on the current property or moving it elsewhere in the city. I spoke with Neda yesterday about the fire, TCP, and the future of HeART House.
What is the vision for the HeART House?
[The HeART House] could happen on any property. As we look to move forward, it doesn't necessarily have to be a house, but at this particular property we were going to provide four artists with subsidized housing and studio space. They would all live and work there and in exchange they would do outreach through our our outreach program, specifically in this neighborhood. The idea was to provide cultural and creative offerings to the community. Specifically working with youth, but also on a larger scale through lectures and studio visits and workshops with the community at large. So we really envisioned this property as a place where the community could gather for special creative occasions.
And our goal really was to honor the history of the house, and bring it back to life because it was a historic property in our neighborhood. So we were hoping that by having the artists there and by working with the youth, it would make the neighborhood aware that the property was there. At one point, it was a beautiful beautiful home. It was a landmark. Metropolitan Parkway used to be a highway, a state highway, where people would actually stop and view the gardens at this house. So we really wanted to bring the gardens back to life, to have the artists there, we wanted it to be a place that was a source of inspiration for the neighborhood.
January 21, 2013 - MLK Day might be the only holiday on record that elicits such a sense of civic responsibility. More than Christmas or Thanksgiving, more than Independence Day or Memorial Day, more than any other American icon's birthday, we often feel compelled to do something on Martin Luther King's holiday, something positive, something charitable, something selfless. And if we don't, we're apt to feel a twinge of guilt about it. Whereas other holidays are all about overindulging in barbecued pork ribs or roasted turkey, or purchasing overpriced gifts with the hope that someone else thought as much of you, only one U.S. holiday has a call to action for a slogan: Make it a day on, not a day off.
Now, the cynic in me would say, ain't that a blip: Name a holiday in a black man's honor and the script gets flipped from cold lounging to hard labor. But my inner humanitarian imagines that King would have had it no other way.
"Top tier members have dedicated work spaces, 24 hour access, some storage, utilities, printing/copying and they can host classes or events here. Lower level tiers offer a space for members to bring a laptop and work during the day. In the future, we will offer other equipment for creative workers to use while in the space. Our goal is not just affordable space, but space that offers a ton of amenities and the opportunity for individuals to collaborate, share overhead, create, and even earn income. Everyone gets coffee," says C4 Atlanta executive director Jessyca Holland.
According to Holland, C4 was able to move into the space because of in-kind support provided by the Creations Group, the Australian property investment firm that owns the building. It's offered the arts organization a flexible leasing plan that includes a graduated lease agreement for up to 12 months, after which C4 "will assume the full cost of the lease at a fair market level."
"We're very excited to have C4 Atlanta as an anchor tenant in the M. Rich Building," Collin Brown, spokesman for the Creations Group, said in a press release. "We see downtown Atlanta as a new creative center for the region, where arts and technology flourish together under one roof."
More photos of the space after the jump.
Poventud, who can often be seen rollerblading around town while wearing a green dress or leading hundreds of people on walks along the Atlanta Beltline, bought the two-bedroom, one-bathroom historic bungalow that fronts the neighborhood's eponymous greenspace and backs up to the Beltline last year for $14,000.
His plan: start a home in a historic community along a public-works project that's become a large part of his life.
But he soon ran into red tape, overeager code enforcement officials, and the difficulty of obtaining a construction loan in a neighborhood which lenders consider too risky.
Well, things have changed.
After six months of talking with banks and possible contractors, Poventud has secured a loan and found someone to oversee the home's renovation. The Atlanta Urban Design Commission even OK'ed the windows he proposed using rather than more expensive models, saving him thousands of dollars. Yesterday he filed his plans with the city to obtain permits. And last night Poventud finished months of training to become a freight train engineer.
He's not finished, however. Poventud's loan and federal assistance only cover $110,000 of what contractors have estimated is a $130,000 project. He's asking the community to help him fill the $20,000 budget gap before Dec. 8. So far, 106 people have donated more than $5,600. Folks interested in seeing the community advocate's future home firsthand can do so on Saturday when Poventud and other Atlantans will hike the Beltline from Inman Park to West End, a route that includes a stretch in Adair Park.
UPDATE UPDATE: Hyuro's mural was tagged this week and now will definitely have to be painted over. It's an unfortunate end to the whole thing.
SEPT. 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM:
On Monday night, members of the Chosewood Park neighborhood association convened for their monthly meeting outside at the community tennis courts. On the agenda for September: Hyuro's mural for Living Walls at the corner of Sawtell Avenue and McDonough Boulevard. The mural, which depicts a woman in various states of undress, has been a hot topic in the neighborhood and the media the last few weeks.
Neighborhood association President Charlie Nelson walked through the official business of approval of minutes, committee reports and old business before getting to the reason why at least three different news stations had cameras set up. As he explained the rules of the forum (two minutes per speaker, you have to have a numbered paddle to speak), he expressed how proud he was of the neighborhood and the "level of discourse and the amount of respect people had about this." He also noted that he'd "developed relationships down around the mural that frankly wouldn't have happened without the installation."
Over the next 45 minutes a dozen or so residents took advantage of their two minutes to express their thoughts, concerns, confusion and reactions about the mural. Living Walls Co-founder and Executive Director Mónica Campana was in attendance and made herself available to answer questions. And there were a lot of them, mostly concerning Living Walls' processes.
Overall, the residents were overwhelmingly appreciative and in support of the idea of the art, but ultimately disagreed with its placement in public on a highly trafficked corner. The discussion remained civil, although it did become a bit tense at times, particularly when a few neighbors explained they felt taken advantage of or when the imam of the local mosque presented a passioned argument that dropped references to a Supreme Court freedom of speech case and referred to the work as "pornographic."
For all of the ogling of lady parts we do and the fury with which we debate ownership and control of said parts, many people sure do feel uncomfortable when confronted with actual female anatomy. Case in point: Hyuro's recently completed Living Walls mural at the corner of McDonough Boulevard and Sawtell Avenue near the Lakewood Park/Chosewood Park neighborhoods. The mural covers a wall of a former GM plant, now vacant, residing near a church, a mosque and the federal penitentiary. It depicts a frame-by-frame of a nude woman dressing in a black jumpsuit and then disrobing again. The jumpsuit transforms into the body of a wolf and walks off. At about the 1 minute mark, the video below gives a nice time-lapse view of the mural.
Unsurprisingly, a wall full of naked ladies near a church and a mosque has sparked debate among residents on the local neighborhood listserv over the past week. Some find the content too provocative to expose their children to it and are rerouting everyday drives that pass by the mural. Some believe it only contributes to the hypersexualization of women in a city renowned for its abundance of strip clubs.
as much as I like that the artist wanted to paint a mural to beautify the city, I do not like the choice of picture. You have to take it in context...we have strip clubs everywhere, prostitutes, and men that are sex addicts in this neighborhood (and throughout Atlanta) and now we have to have a HUGE mural of like 6 different naked women on one of our main corners? I know it has meaning behind it and is done in a "tasteful" way but it still is too much for me and many people aren't going to look for the meaning behind it (shedding the animal within the artist told me) they will just see T & A.
Others are enamored with the artwork and pleased with its addition to the neighborhood.
I think it's beautiful and tasteful and artistic and wonderful. In the year that I've lived here, it's probably the first and only good tho that's happened in this neighborhood.
But the most interesting part about this debate may be how civil it appears to be. The conversation isn't laced with vitriol and insults, and no one seems to be calling for the mural's removal. Instead, a discussion of the nudes as art in the context of the neighborhood is emerging on the listserv and even involves the perspectives of the artist and her assistant. Despite the fact that the debate seems to be healthy and isn't currently condemning the work, I wouldn't expect the mural to last untouched on that corner for long.
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