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Poets, Artists & Madmen

It doesn’t take a peek into Ponce City Market or walk along the Atlanta Beltine to know that the city of Atlanta’s landscape is in the midst of a rapid transformation. Whether or not all of this stadium and streetcar building will benefit the city’s greater cultural good remains to be seen. But like any major development in Atlanta’s historic past one thing that has always remained constant is the artistic community’s willingness to adapt, adjust, and stay inspired.

Case and point: This year’s Forward Warrior Project in Cabbagetown, spearheaded by local artist Peter Ferrari. In a year where Living Walls took some time off, and neighborhoods are losing character one mixed-use development at a time, Ferrari and co. brought more than 30 local visual artists out to cover the walls along Wylie Street in June. Going down in a historic neighborhood, relatively untouched by outside corporate hands, the resulting event showed how strong and inspirational our native creatives are.

This year we wanted to highlight the people, places, and organizations that have and still do fuel the city’s artistic spirit in the face of unprecedented change. Whereas old faithfuls such as the Fox Theatre and Adult Swim — which continues to put out quality, bat-shit-crazy programming 15 years after its launch — have stuck to their guns, there’s also a new crop of names filling voids left by creatives past.

Murmur Media, aka the Atlanta Zine Fest, opened its permanent space in South Downtown this summer, and now local zinesters have a venue to mix, mingle, and, most importantly, create. In a year where social justice and injustice was a hot-button issue, Wussy Mag emerged as thoughtful, well-curated voice for the city’s LGBTQ community.

The last year also saw more than $6 billion come through the state thanks to television and film production crews. On any given day there’s at least 30 productions being filmed in Georgia, so we decided to show love to some of the best in local TV and film. The local lit scene is still going strong, so we put the spotlight on everyone from the ol’ school players (Write Club) to the new-school fools (Lit. Atlanta). And how would we be able to keep track of all of this without our local documentarians? We turned the lens on four photographers (Ryan Vizzions, Julian Plowden, @welovebuhi, and Proph Bundy) who, in their own distinct styles, help us visualize Atlanta’s past, present, and future.

Regardless of what Atlanta looks like in years to come, you can bet that the visual and performing artists will have their say. We — residents, politicians, and civic leaders — owe it to ourselves to stop, look, and listen to their messages.

— Gavin Godfrey, Culture Editor

Best muralist with a message BOA Award Winner

Brandon Sadler

Best reality TV representation of ATL BOA Award Winner

Violet Chachki

Best Trend BOA Award Winner

Immersive Theater

Best variety show inspired by pop culture BOA Award Winner

Scene and Song Missing

ATL book club: Best way to get honest feedback BOA Award Winner

The Writer's Exchange

ATL book club: Best bookish bloodsport BOA Award Winner

Write Club Atlanta

ATL book club: Best form of literary karaoke BOA Award Winner

Lit
When Mike Jordan decided to combine books, booze, and beats for a monthly literary reading event at Speakeasy he came up with the perfect name for it: Lit. With more passion than pretense, people come prepared every fourth Thursday to read excerpts from the book of their choice based on such past themesmore...
When Mike Jordan decided to combine books, booze, and beats for a monthly literary reading event at Speakeasy he came up with the perfect name for it: Lit. With more passion than pretense, people come prepared every fourth Thursday to read excerpts from the book of their choice based on such past themes as power, love, and America. Between excerpts, grooves spin and people sip and mingle. By the final reading, all that remains is a dark bar full of lubricated sapiosexuals eager for stimulating conversation. www.litatlanta.com. less...

ATL book club: Best lifeline for the local scribe BOA Award Winner

Lost in the Letters

Best community-sourced poetry BOA Award Winner

Make Blackout Poetry

Best creative commune BOA Award Winner

The Big House on Ponce

Best established artist BOA Award Winner

Michi Meko

Best new arts and culture website BOA Award Winner

WUSSY Mag

Silver screen South: Best production job source BOA Award Winner

Reel-Crew Production Company

Street scenes: Best cityscape photographer BOA Award Winner

Ryan Vizzions

Best artist asking tough questions BOA Award Winner

Jessica Caldas

Best local arts die-hard BOA Award Winner

Terry Kearns

Best male actor BOA Award Winner

Kevin Harry

Silver screen South: Best fest for under-the-radar storytelling BOA Award Winner

Out on Film
Approaching 30, Out on Film is one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the U.S. In a country where same-sex marriage has finally been legalized, the fall fest functions as an eight-day education that includes screenings, panels, workshops, and parties centered on bringing often-untold storiesmore...
Approaching 30, Out on Film is one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the U.S. In a country where same-sex marriage has finally been legalized, the fall fest functions as an eight-day education that includes screenings, panels, workshops, and parties centered on bringing often-untold stories to the forefront. www.outonfilm.org. less...

Silver screen South: Best local film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Silver screen South: Best local film series BOA Award Winner

WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series
With all the major productions it can be easy for the spotlight to shift away from the indie filmmaker. The minds at WonderRoot, the Atlanta Film Festival, and Plaza Theatre understand that and have helped keep our local talent in the collective consciousness with WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostlymore...
With all the major productions it can be easy for the spotlight to shift away from the indie filmmaker. The minds at WonderRoot, the Atlanta Film Festival, and Plaza Theatre understand that and have helped keep our local talent in the collective consciousness with WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series. The quarterly series puts the underdog on top, one flick at a time. www.wonderroot.org. less...

A day in the life of leading lady Randi Garza BOA Award Winner

The 2015 Critics Pick for Best female actor drives more than 100 miles, goes through four wig changes, and 10 wardrobe switches in a day

Best creative use of a future food hall BOA Award Winner

Up Right: Atlanta

Best female actor BOA Award Winner

Randi Garza

Best collaboration BOA Award Winner

Forward Warrior (various artists) AND T. Lang and Nick Cave's Up Right: Atlanta

Forward Warrior


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Up Right


www.fluxprojects.org/upright

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Sage Guillory

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Best indie crafter BOA Award Winner

Crafts and Love

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Free Art

Best public art event BOA Award Winner

Flux Projects

Best book by a local author BOA Award Winner

American Blues by Evan Guilford-Blake

Best fine art photographer BOA Award Winner

Bhargava Chiluveru AND Lauren Holley

Bhargava Chiluveru


www.bhargavachiluveru.com


Lauren Holley


www.laurenholley.com

Best illustrator BOA Award Winner

Goni Montes

Best Local Poet BOA Award Winner

Terrill Soules
This is just a TEST created by David Miller (body)

Best public art event BOA Award Winner

Forward Warrior

Best art party BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Contemporary ART PARTY

Best choreographer BOA Award Winner

Helen Pickett

Best local art critic BOA Award Winner

Faith McClure

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Amber Nash AND Alison Hastings

Amber Nash


www.dadsgarage.com/Performers/Amber-Nash.aspx


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Alison Hastings

Best local lit publisher BOA Award Winner

Deer Bear Wolf

Best local screenwriter BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry

Best local zine BOA Award Winner

Deer Bear Wolf

Best pop-up art space BOA Award Winner

  1. weloveatl truck

Best street photographer BOA Award Winner

Lauren Holley

Best art exhibit in a nontraditional space BOA Award Winner

Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Best book event BOA Award Winner

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Best local artist's Instagram BOA Award Winner

@graphiknation
@graphiknation

Best play BOA Award Winner

Avenue Q
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Best collaboration BOA Award Winner

Forward Warrior (various artists) AND T. Lang and Nick Cave's Up Right: Atlanta

Forward Warrior


AND


Up Right


www.fluxprojects.org/upright

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Sage Guillory

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Best indie crafter BOA Award Winner

Crafts and Love

Best muralist with a message BOA Award Winner

Brandon Sadler

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Free Art

Best public art event BOA Award Winner

Flux Projects

Best reality TV representation of ATL BOA Award Winner

Violet Chachki

Best Trend BOA Award Winner

Immersive Theater

Best variety show inspired by pop culture BOA Award Winner

Scene and Song Missing

Guest Critic: Shannon Evans BOA Award Winner

The co-owner and creative director at Studio No. 7 on why she chose Atlanta three years ago

ATL book club: Best way to get honest feedback BOA Award Winner

The Writer's Exchange

ATL book club: Best bookish bloodsport BOA Award Winner

Write Club Atlanta

ATL book club: Best form of literary karaoke BOA Award Winner

Lit
When Mike Jordan decided to combine books, booze, and beats for a monthly literary reading event at Speakeasy he came up with the perfect name for it: Lit. With more passion than pretense, people come prepared every fourth Thursday to read excerpts from the book of their choice based on such past themesmore...
When Mike Jordan decided to combine books, booze, and beats for a monthly literary reading event at Speakeasy he came up with the perfect name for it: Lit. With more passion than pretense, people come prepared every fourth Thursday to read excerpts from the book of their choice based on such past themes as power, love, and America. Between excerpts, grooves spin and people sip and mingle. By the final reading, all that remains is a dark bar full of lubricated sapiosexuals eager for stimulating conversation. www.litatlanta.com. less...

ATL book club: Best lifeline for the local scribe BOA Award Winner

Lost in the Letters

Best book by a local author BOA Award Winner

American Blues by Evan Guilford-Blake

Best community-sourced poetry BOA Award Winner

Make Blackout Poetry

Best creative commune BOA Award Winner

The Big House on Ponce

Best established artist BOA Award Winner

Michi Meko

Best fine art photographer BOA Award Winner

Bhargava Chiluveru AND Lauren Holley

Bhargava Chiluveru


www.bhargavachiluveru.com


Lauren Holley


www.laurenholley.com

Best illustrator BOA Award Winner

Goni Montes

Best Local Poet BOA Award Winner

Terrill Soules
This is just a TEST created by David Miller (body)

Best public art event BOA Award Winner

Forward Warrior

Best art party BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Contemporary ART PARTY

Best choreographer BOA Award Winner

Helen Pickett

Best local art critic BOA Award Winner

Faith McClure

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Amber Nash AND Alison Hastings

Amber Nash


www.dadsgarage.com/Performers/Amber-Nash.aspx


AND


Alison Hastings

Best local lit publisher BOA Award Winner

Deer Bear Wolf

Best local screenwriter BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry

Best local zine BOA Award Winner

Deer Bear Wolf

Best new arts and culture website BOA Award Winner

WUSSY Mag

Guest Critic: Shannon Evans BOA Award Winner

The co-owner and creative director at Studio No. 7 on why she chose Atlanta three years ago

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