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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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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!