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Mackey, Knight, MailChimp: A Beautiful Band of 'Misfits'

Friday, September 18th, 2015 

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Directors Carlton Mackey, Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics, and Ross Oscar Knight, international photographer and photo-culturalist, presented to the employees of MailChimp at their Ponce City Market headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. While MailChimp is a corporate company, focused on email marketing services, CEO Ben Chestnut takes pride in the fact that his company is made up of “misfits” and has made it his mission to create a culture that celebrates difference and diversity within the workplace.

Chestnut met Mackey at Chestnut’s first meeting as a new member of the Emory Center for Ethics Advisory Board. At this meeting, Mackey presented his work on Typical American Families—a project that explores the beautiful spectrum of family and ways it crosses barriers of race, religion, ability, class, sexuality, and age. Chestnut invited Mackey to present to his company as part of the company’s “Coffee Hour” series, which invites “creative, interesting, thought-provoking, and downright weird people” to come to challenge the view’s of the employees and teach them something new. 

Just as several guest speakers before them, including Big Boi from Outkast and Ann Friedman, journalist and professional .GIF-master, Mackey and Knight challenged normative thinking through their presentation. Mackey and Knight brought the Typical American Families photo exhibit, shared stories from families that were part of the project, expressed their understanding of art and its role in social change, and communicated their overall philosophical approach to their work.

In my interview with Mackey, he linked the mission of the company with his work with Beautiful in Every Shade and Typical American Families, which, as he said, “celebrates the misfit and gives them an opportunity to affirm that identity.”

The presentation was widely received. People stressed the importance of Mackey and Knight’s work and the need to broaden the image pool of people seen and how they are seen. One person talked about how, even though evidence would show that diversity is all around him, when he stopped and thought about a ‘typical’ American family, the image that pops into his head is always a very normative one. He felt challenged by this realization.

Sure enough, Mackey and Knight achieved the mission of the Typical American Families project and pushed MailChimp employees to think about “What is typical? What is American? What is family?...and who gets to decide?” 

-Ashwini Krishnamurthy
Emory University Freshman and Ethics & the Art Program Intern

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THE UNVEILING OF TYPICAL AMERICAN FAMILIES -ATLANTA PHOTO EXHIBIT AT EMORY UNIVERSITY

Dear Supporters of Typical American Families,

We are thrilled to announce the reception and unveiling of our exhibit, Typical American Families –Atlanta,

winner of the 2014 One Region Atlanta IDEAS Challenge.

Please join Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight, as we celebrate you! 

Meet the families that participated in our photoshoots who represent the diversity of the American family.

You will hear stories and view how these Atlanta residents bridge faith and culture in our city. 

At this event, you'll gain insight into Mackey and Knight's inspiration for the project and get a behind the scenes glimpse of the making of this exhibit.  You’ll also be able to hear from the families themselves as they offer commentary on the experience of being part of this project and what they celebrate about their own families.

Typical American Families is one of four signature projects of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

The reception will begin at 6:30 pm on May 7th

at Emory University’s Center for Ethics

1531 Dickey Drive

Atlanta GA 30322

 Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

 

Please register to attend:

https://eventbrite.com/event/16676751613/

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Contact Mika Pettigrew with questions.

mdpetti@emory.edu

404-727-2698

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Creator works with Emory University student to bring 'Vision In Action'

 Emory University student Shanice Kellman works with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ creator as she develops her new Beautiful Flaws project for 'Vision In Action'. Photo by Breonca Trofort.

Emory University student Shanice Kellman works with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ creator as she develops her new Beautiful Flaws project for 'Vision In Action'. Photo by Breonca Trofort.

'Vision in Action' fellowships cultivate student ideas for social change

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | March 19, 2015

Excerpt:

Projects arise from unexpected moments and places. Shanice Kellman, a junior majoring in sociology and media studies, was inspired to apply for a 2014-2015 VIA Fellowship after observing her 6-year-old cousin playing with dolls.

“I kept hearing her say that her black doll wasn’t pretty,” Kellman recalls. “If she didn’t think her black doll was pretty, how did she feel about herself?”

The child’s words weighed on her. “As a black woman, the one-dimensional images we see in the media are always something I’ve been cognizant of and wanted to address,” she says. “Going into my project, I knew I wanted to do something to support a more diverse definition of beauty.”

Through VIA, she’s had the chance to do just that, working with Carlton Mackey, director of Emory’s Ethics and the Arts program, adjunct professor of African American studies, and curator of the multi-media project, “Beautiful in Every Shade” — an experience made richer by readings that have deepened her understanding of class, race and media.

“It couldn’t have been more perfect,” she says. “I had no confidence going into this and he offered me an emotional foundation.”

This spring, Kellman is preparing to launch her “Beautiful Flaws” campaign, a week-long multi-media event that emphasizes that “beauty can come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes.”

“My project is coming to life right now,” she says. “It’s been an amazing year.”

READ COMPLETE EMORY REPORT STORY HERE

 

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Amma Asante: Seeing Myself In Belle - Exclusive Interview (Part 2)

Belle Movie Director opens up about the connection of the film to her personal life, her bi-cultural identity, and why art is a power resource for inspiring positive social change in the world in exclusive interview with 50 Shades of Black Co-Director Ross Oscar Knight. http://www.50shadesofblack.com

50 Shades of Black is committed to using the power of art and personal stories to explore the complex relationship between skin tone and sexuality in the formation of identity. Through collaborations with visual artists, scholars, and the general public, this project hopes to offer a deeper & more nuanced understanding the diverse spectrum of black identity. It is in the recognition of this diversity that 50 Shades of Black acknowledges the historical ways in which race and gender have been constructed and the role that and skin tone and sexuality play in shaping the way we engage the world, how we perceive beauty, and our own self-worth.
50 Shades of Black is one of four signature projects of the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Campaign - http://www.beautifulineveryshade.com

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Emory Report Feature: Photo project seeks Typical American Families

  SCREEN SHOT from EMORY NEWS CENTER:    Carlton Mackey, shown here with his wife, Kari, and son, Isaiah, says the photo project is "all about celebrating a spectrum of identity and family makeup in American families — and there is a spectrum in this country, just as there is within my own family." Photo by Loni Schick

SCREEN SHOT from EMORY NEWS CENTER:  Carlton Mackey, shown here with his wife, Kari, and son, Isaiah, says the photo project is "all about celebrating a spectrum of identity and family makeup in American families — and there is a spectrum in this country, just as there is within my own family." Photo by Loni Schick

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Dec. 9, 2014

A community photography project created by Carlton Mackey, director of Emory's Ethics and the Arts Program, to celebrate the spectrum of differences within modern American families has been awarded a 2014-2015 "Ideas Challenge Grant" by One Region Atlanta.

"Typical American Families" is an online platform exploring a wider view of American families through photographic images.

This month, Mackey's project was among four applicants selected to receive an Ideas Challenge grant award from One Region Atlanta, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

In their application, Mackey and his creative partner, international photographer/photoculturalist Ross Oscar Knight, proposed utilizing their "Typical American Family" platform to help bridge faith and culture in Atlanta by creating a traveling photo exhibit.

The $2,500 grant will be used to offer free family portrait sessions with Knight to about 15 Atlanta families. Copies of those photographs will be given to each family and will also be displayed through a traveling exhibit, which will be unveiled in spring 2015 in a ceremony and public gathering at Emory's Center for Ethics.

READ COMPLETE Emory Report Story Here

 

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Emory University Students Gather to Proclaim Black Lives Matter

Candler School of Theology and Emory University students, faculty, and staff host 'die in' protest joining 1000's of others across the country in the proclamation that "Black Lives Matter." Photos by Beautiful In Every Shade creator Carlton Mackey.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ is a grassroots empowerment campaign that believes in the beauty found in every human being. Our goal is to showcase, celebrate, and affirm the depth and breadth of that beauty. We seek to offer everyday people from around the world a chance to see themselves and others in a way that many never have before.
www.beautifulineveryshade.com

The phrase, "Beautiful Struggle", originated in a famous Martin Luther King Jr. speech entitled "Beyond Vietnam":

We must move past indecision to action. Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Creator takes Emory Alumni Back to Class in San Francisco

CLICK To Enlarge | More Info and Registration At: bit.ly/1tzTSQA 

Event title:   Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco

Event date:   November 15, 2014 9:30 AM  -  3:15 PM PT

Location:   
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square 
55 Cyril Magnin St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102
 P: 415.392.8000

Description:

The coolest thing about being an adult is that you can learn about anything that interests you. There are no core classes or tests to worry about, no homework or deadlines - just insatiable curiosity about new subjects and current issues.

Emory is bringing its brightest and best scholars and faculty leaders to Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square with our "Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco" event. 

Faculty Speakers: 

 

Carlton Mackey 05T

Creator of Beautiful In Every Shade

Assistant Director of the D. Abbott Turner 
Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership
Emory University Center for Ethics

Beautiful in Every Shade: Looking at You, Discovering Me

In this engaging session, Carlton Mackey 05T will discuss how his idea to post an illustration he designed onto the internet evolved into a global dialogue about skin tone, sexuality, beauty, and the changing face of the "typical" American family. With striking images, candid stories from people all over the world, and reflections from Mackey's own narrative that began right here in San Francisco, this session will challenge you to think critically about self-identity, how it is formed, and how a deep dive into one's self may lead to startling revelations about one's connection to others.

Elena Conis

Associate Professor of History
Emory College of Arts and Science

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Vaccines and vaccination were once considered crowning achievements of modern medicine and public health, but in recent years they’ve become highly controversial. More and more parents stand accused of under-vaccinating their children and believing in vaccine conspiracy theories. Medical experts lament the rise of diseases previously well-controlled by vaccines, such as measles and whooping cough. This presentation uncovers the true origins of contemporary vaccine worries and reveals the real reasons why vaccination is such a contentious issue in modern times.

Peter Roberts

Professor of Organization & Management
Goizueta Business School

Accelerating Micro-Entrepreneurs in Low-Income Communities

Micro-entrepreneurs establish very small businesses that support themselves and their families, while collectively supplying a range of products and services, along with a sense of purpose and vitality to local economies. They also face serious challenges in low-income communities. Professor Roberts discusses why he believes that (1) it is critically important to cultivate microbusinesses in low-income communities; (2) there are promising micro-entrepreneurs living in these communities; and (3) we can indeed influence the business knowledge, networks and capital that that these micro-entrepreneurs need to succeed.
 

Doug Shipman 95C


Emcee

Doug Shipman 95C, president of the Emory Alumni Board, is the CEO of the new Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, prior to which he was a global consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Recognized by the press for his expertise and community contributions, Doug is frequently called upon to guest lecture at universities and provide insight to global institutions. With a longstanding commitment to service, Doug continues to take the lead in many philanthropic ventures and guide conversations about civil and human rights.

Diogo Anyigbo 10C 15M 15PH

Student Speaker

Chidiogo “Diogo” Anyigbo 10C, 15M, 15PH is a dual degree student who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Houston, TX. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, she graduated from Emory College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. Diogo serves as the president of the Emory Pipeline Program, an interdisciplinary mentorship and health science education program for disadvantaged high school students.

Back to Class: Emory in San Francisco
Host Committee


Olivia Jovais 10C
Sahiti Karempudi 05Ox 07C
Nicolai Lundy 09C
Robin Norvell 02C
Emma Rosenbluth 07C
Lori Schectel 96C
Farae Strickland 98C

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50 Shades of Latino: Capturing the Spectrum of Latino Identity

Photos and Mosaic by Carlton Mackey

Click Image to Enlarge

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ partnered with Emory University's Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. to present the first annual "50 Shades of Latino/50 Tonos de Latino".  The event served as the 8th official Open Photo Shoot of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™.

In a conversation moderated by Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia, the gathering also included a discussions about the implications of skin color on Latino Identity as well as the spectrum of ways Latino and Hispanic are defined.

The "50 Shades of Latino: mosaic featuring all participants who identified as Latino was revealed by the ladies of Gamma Nu at "Beyond Tacos and Burritos", an annual event presented by the Latino Student Organization.  This event also included special guest Rebecca Kaplan, keynote speaker Gerard Borda, and performances by Emory Salsa Club.  These events were the highlights of this year Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

 Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

Building Bridges. Carlton Mackey and Natalie Delia lead community discussion reflecting on identity formation in Black and Latino communities at the first annual "50 Shades of Latino" Event.

  Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

Gamma Nu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carlton Mackey

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New Mosaic with Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE - Mosaic from the 7th BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Open Photo Shoot at artDBF, the art and culture showcase of the Decatur Book Festival.  Over 250 People were photographed!

DOWNLOAD FREE PDF OF POSTER  |  DOWNLOAD FREE JPG OF POSTER | ORDER PRINTS

We are so proud to release our latest BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Mosaic. 

August 30, 2014 BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight brought the Signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

A team of professional photographers including Breonca Trofort, Jeremiah Ojo, Elaine Oyzon-Mast, Michael Harris, Cliff Robinson, Jason Towns, and Ilene Rouamvongsor captured the beauty of over 250 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

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The BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Open Photo Shoot  offers everyday people across the country a chance to see themselves in a way that many of them never have before.

As a way of engaging communities, schools, congregations, businesses and/or non-profits that want a way to celebrate difference we, and our network of professional photographers around the country, work together with you to host our Open Photo Shoots.

At the end of each shoot, our graphic designers create a mosaic like the one above and email a high resolution digital file of the mosaic to each of the participants.

Prints and Ready-to-Hang Posters also available for purchase!

Learn how you can >> HOST AN OPEN PHOTO SHOOT

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Over 300 Beautiful Atlanta Faces Photographed

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ brought its signature Open Photo Shoot to art|DBF, the art and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival.  A team of professional photographers captured the beauty of over 300 festival goers, stimulated lively conversation, and promoted the campaigns message of celebrating diversity.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ Co-Directors Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight also signed copies of their books "50 Shades of Black" and "In His Moment", both of which debuted at the festival.

50 Shades of Black uses the power of art and personal stories to explore the complex relationship between skin tone and sexuality in the formation of self-identity. 

In His Moment is a multi-cultural look at the wedding day from the perspective of the groom.  It is a collection of emotional stories and images from men across the globe captured by international photo-culturalist Ross Oscar Knight.

BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE ™ is a grassroots empowerment campaign and a signature clothing brand.

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Signature T Shirt at AfroPunk featured on Buzzfeed

31 Ridiculously Gorgeous People At Afropunk

This is just a smattering of the beautiful crowd at the Brooklyn-based music festival.

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 Ladies First.  No. 11 on the list...the incomparable Rachel Stewart.

Ladies First.  No. 11 on the list...the incomparable Rachel Stewart.

With these words, a series of seriously stylish and beautiful people were revealed on the Buzzfeed page curated by Tracy Clayton.  I bet when Chris Charles aka BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artist AND, as fate would have it, designer (Creative Silence) of the bold graphic that graced his chest landed in Brooklyn to kick it with actor and brand ambassador Malik Yoba at AfroPunk he would have never known that he and his super regal partner would be featured on this list.  Neither would we.  But here you have it.

Beautiful...no wait...GORGEOUS...In Every Shade

Shirts available HERE

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Beautiful In Every Shade Awarded Grant for Family Project

 Carlton Mackey & Ross Oscar Knight all smiles after the One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Award Ceremony at Georgia Public Broadcasting

Carlton Mackey & Ross Oscar Knight all smiles after the One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Award Ceremony at Georgia Public Broadcasting

Typical American Families,  one of the two signature projects of the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Campaign, was awarded a grant by One Region Atlanta in an awards ceremony recorded at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

A $2,500 grant was presented to Carlton Mackey during the awards ceremony last month. Typical American Families will partner with Ross Oscar Knight Photography and several nonprofit organizations throughout the metro Atlanta area to implement their idea to bridge faith and culture through a photography exhibit, cultural dinner, and community dialogue. 

The One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge asked residents of the Greater Atlanta region, “How would you use $5,000 to bridge cultures and faiths in your community?” A total of 12 semifinalists were selected based on creativity and innovation out of more than 150 entries. 

The semifinalists were invited to a workshop to help them improve their proposals, after which six finalists were selected to continue in the competition. Competitors created a video describing their idea and posted it to the One Region Atlanta Face Book page; public voting on the videos determined the top three winners.

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Takes Over Afro Punk 2014: The Most Diverse Festival in the Country

 Photo by Chris Charles (Creative Silence) - On location at AfroPunk with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Photo by Chris Charles (Creative Silence) - On location at AfroPunk with BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Reporting Live from AFROPUNK, Style Confidential joins Actor Malik Yoba (iconic32), the creator of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Carlton Mackey, and a team of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artists (Adrian Franks, Chris Charles, Rachel Stewart, and Dex R. Jones to spread its positive message and to find out:

"What does BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE mean to you?"

AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. AFROPUNK is defining culture!

AFROPUNK has been deemed by some as the most diverse festival in the country.

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Typical American Families | One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Finalist

 Original Posting from One Region Atlanta Blog at  www.oneregionatlanta.org/announcing-the-top-6-ideas-challenge-finalists/

Original Posting from One Region Atlanta Blog at www.oneregionatlanta.org/announcing-the-top-6-ideas-challenge-finalists/

On behalf of One Region Atlanta, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we want to thank the semi-finalists, community experts, judges and volunteers who participated in the Ideas Workshop! We received nearly 200 ideas from across the metro Atlanta area – all from individuals who want to make a difference in their community to build bridges across cultures and faiths. We are now proud to announce the top six (6) finalists that stood out to the judges as those that had the most potential for impact, sustainability and bridge-building:

*        Casey Jones, Bridging Collegiate Interfaith Communities

*        Shannon Willow, Clarkston Art Collaboration

*        Aleathia Muhammad, Let’s Go Fly a Kite

*        Carlton Mackey, Typical American Families

*        Babba Jaden, Faiths Enlightened

*        Jody Leonard, Celebrating Culture through the Arts- for local public school children

ALL the ideas submitted were great and truly reflective of the heart and dedication of Greater Atlanta to make our region a better place! We hope you all will continue to follow the progress of the Ideas Challenge and vote for the top six (6) videos when they are posted in late June. Thank you so much for your participation and support of this community wide effort to make Atlanta a place where race, culture, and faith are embrace and valued!

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T-Shirt Sparks Global Conversation

 Emory University Center for Ethics reports on the International growth of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE with KNIGHT's influence

Emory University Center for Ethics reports on the International growth of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE with KNIGHT's influence

It began with a black T-shirt and a powerful phrase: “Beautiful in Every Shade”. The shirt is part of a grassroots empowerment campaign and international brand founded by Carlton Mackey, Director of the Ethics and the Arts Program here at the Center for Ethics. Knight has been actively involved in Beautiful in Every Shade since 2012 and works alongside Mackey as the project’s Director of International Initiatives.

His wearing the symbolic shirt while in Rwanda welcomed opportunities for thought-provoking dialogue on color complex discrimination and identity, a topic all too familiar to the African-American artist. Maja Ladić had been taking Knight on a tour of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center when their discussion first began. Ladić is a coordinator of various development projects like this local women’s center in Rwanda for the Mirovni inštitut (or Peace Institute).

by Kimberly Johnson

READ COMPLETE STORY HERE

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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE to participate in 2014 artDBF - AJC Decatur Book Festival

In 2013, AJCDBF launched art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the visibility of the arts—literary, visual, and performing; increasing accessibility, public involvement, and attendance; and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of arts organizations.

art|DBF celebrates that storytelling, the sharing of new ideas, the creation of characters, and the transportation of audiences to places both real and imagined happens in the pages of a book, but also in the museum, on the stage, in film and video, in the studio, in the concert hall, on public streets and on the walls of buildings, and everywhere else you find artists and creators working.

In 2014, art|DBF will once again present a diverse group of artists and arts organizations who will actively engage our imaginations through stories, artist talks, installations, film, visual art, photography, and musical, dance and theatrical performances, in order to connect our citizens with the arts and cultural opportunities in Decatur and throughout Atlanta.

More info at artdbf.com

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE & ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON

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EMORY Report: Shades of Beauty-From Dialogue to Movement

 Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

Screen capture of Emory Report (Emory University) Headline Coverage of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE

What began for Carlton Mackey as a photographic exploration of race, skin tone, sexuality, beauty, and identity is growing into something bigger — a movement that may be expanding in international directions.

In the past year, Mackey broadened the project, inviting the public to attend a series of open photo shoots images meant to celebrate beauty in all its forms. Some 400 photographs later, the images have become a catalyst for "Beautiful In Every Shade" (BIES), what he refers to as the project's "signature empowerment campaign" dedicated to affirming and spreading beauty.

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