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MEET PushStart: a locally-minded, intimately-crafted dinner experience

MEET PushStart: a locally-minded, intimately-crafted dinner experience

Most of us love a good meal.  And an awesome dinner party at someones house? Hard to beat.  That is the idea behind PushStart Kitchen, a kind of underground restaurant serving up goodness a few times a week at the Goat Farm.  Not only do you get a delicious and hearty helping of local produce (grown on-site!) but you get to spend a night in Cristina and Zach’s wonderful loft with some soon-to-be friends.  This couple team is supporting local agriculture and a new type of networking, one where strangers share an intimate experience to break down barriers.  We visited their space and got a peek at what happens behind the scenes. Tell us a little about what you do: We serve weekly dinner parties for 16 people from our home kitchen at the Goat Farm.  We focus on the organic overlap between the Latin American kitchen and the American Southeastern kitchen.   How did you get started with it? We owned a restaurant in Costa Rica that we...

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MEET Eleanor: curator of curious art extravaganzas

MEET Eleanor: curator of curious art extravaganzas

Atlanta has tons of talented artists.  And not just folks using paintbrushes, paper and the like.  From 2D artists, to metal smiths, dancers, filmmakers, clothing designers and installation makers, our community is alive with creativity.   Eleanor and her RAW: natural born artists program hopes to shed some light on the breadth and depth of our creative sector.  Starting this Summer, RAW will be showcasing local talent through exciting and engaging shows.  We sat down with Eleanor to find out what makes RAW unique and how she got involved in this national program. Tell us a little about your project: RAW:natural born artists is an indie arts organization that is truly for artists, by artists.  Our founder, Heidi Luerra, conceptualized the organization in Southern California about seven years ago with a desire to create a unique forum for marketing her clothing line while also supporting her friends in the arts community.  The movement really picked up momentum three years ago with its presence in just six cities in California;...

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MEET Jessyca and Joe: art community activists & Atlanta enthusiasts

MEET Jessyca and Joe: art community activists & Atlanta enthusiasts

Are you an artist or creative type wondering how to really capitalize on your talent? How about an organization really hoping to learn more about your patrons?  Well, C4 Atlanta is offering those in the Atlanta arts community the tools they need to really grow.  From entrepreneurship classes, to data collection and sharing, to subsidized insurance, Jessyca and Joe of C4 are busy helping arts groups reach their potential.  We sat down with them in a busy East Atlanta coffee shop to find out what drives them to work in Atlanta.   Tell us about your project: Jessyca: I work for C4 Atlanta a nonprofit arts service organization that has been around  for 2 years.  We started C4 as an answer to a need we saw in the arts community. Especially sustainability. Insurance, income, technology.  For me personally, I am an Atlanta metro native.  I have a degree in theater and was a professional actor.  I auditioned for a living and then I fell in love with arts service....

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MEET Chris: supporter of social justice, mover and shaker of the arts

MEET Chris: supporter of social justice, mover and shaker of the arts

Over the past few months of interviewing Atlantans about their favorite organizations, one name seems to appear most often: WonderRoot.  This organization has become somewhat of an icon for the creative change that is making  our city a cooler, better place to live.  Although WonderRoot has many supporters, workers and volunteers that carry its mission forward, we sat down with founder Chris Appleton to find out how this Reynoldstown hotspot got started.  Join us as we MEET Chris. Tell us about you organization: Chris: WonderRoot is a nonprofit arts organization in Atlanta that has been around since 2004. Our mission is to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. We do that in a few ways. We work hard to support artists to have successful careers in Atlanta; supporting them with production tools, educational programs and exhibition opportunities. We run a community arts a center on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown that houses a  recording studio, pottery studio, dark room, digital media lab, screen print ing studio, gallery...

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MEET Louise: enduring Atlanta art supporter

MEET Louise: enduring Atlanta art supporter

On a nice, sunny day the FEED had the privilege of sitting down with a woman who epitomizes the history of art in Atlanta.  Louise Shaw has seen it all, from the burgeoning art of up and coming Atlanta in the 1970’s, to the brain-drain that took place a few decades later, and now the current resurgence of creativity that is taking the city by storm.  If you are looking on some good perspective on what makes Atlanta creatives tick and how they compare to others in bigger cities, Louise is your number one source.  Please read along as she give some perspective on creativity in Atlanta and what Idea Capital is doing to keep our city artsy. Tell us about your project: Idea Capital came about in 2008,  It was originally the brainchild of Stuart Keeler who was also responsible for Le Flash. He isn’t in town anymore but his notable artistic practice was to do community-based interventions.  He is a bit of an entrepreneur.  Like any good...

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MEET Rachel and Cristina: magazine mavens and wordy wonders

MEET Rachel and Cristina: magazine mavens and wordy wonders

Tired of store-bought magazines?  Having trouble deciding on your next fictional read?  Grab the latest issue of LooseChange Magazine and all of your literary problems will be solved.  This all volunteer publication is taking Atlanta by storm- hosting word themed events, popping up on rooftops for sunset readings, and publishing some in-your-face works.  We sat down with two of the magazine’s enthusiastic volunteers, Cristina and Rachel, to help you MEET LooseChange.   Tell us about your project: Cristina:  LooseChange is WonderRoot’s literary magazine, one of the many branches of programs that they have.  We have two things that we try to do.  One, we actively engage our writers, giving them feedback, letting them know if something is really striking.  Maybe we really like the story but it needs to be workshopped.  We offer workshops for people that want to be writers or just need a place to share their work.  We also have events to engage our community.  Things like readings, people writing 10 word stories while they sit...

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