ARTWORKS and so can you!


The folks at local radio station AM 1690 (WMLB), "the Voice of the Arts," are putting the finishing touches on a new website called ARTWORKS that will act as a networking tool to connect artists and community members.

The idea is pretty simple: an artist could be in need of (almost) anything — a pickup truck to move a sculpture from a studio to a gallery, a couple of extra sets of hands to help paint a mural, some models for a photograph, a nice house to shoot a movie scene. Through the ARTWORKS website, artists will be able to submit listings describing their projects and what they need help with. Community members can then scan various proposals and find the perfect one to participate in.

WMLB 1690's Program Director Max Arbes says the creation of ARTWORKS was a logical step for the radio station: "We believe we have a unique opportunity with the radio station, being able to broadcast an artist's request for help on a project with their own voice and then being able to put that same request into a digital form listed on the website," Arbes says.

To help launch the site and generate interest in ARTWORKS, 1690 AM is hosting another night of VARI-OKEY at the Goat Farm. The event will feature performances by local bands The Jagged Stones, Christ, Lord and ATL Collective. There will also be a poetry reading from the Clermont Lounge's Blondie and opportunities for party-goers to get on stage and sing in front of the crowd. Arbes also promises some special guest appearances from other Atlanta creatives and celebrities.

Reps from various Atlanta art organizations such as WonderRoot, Eye Drum, MASS Collective, and GloATL will be on hand to inform attendees about the organizations and how to participate through ARTWORKS, the idea being that once community members can put faces and names with these organizations, they'll be much more likely to volunteer time and help to an artist's or organization's project.

Check out a video of a performance from a previous VARI-OKEY below.

The Return of VARI-OKEY and the Launch of ArtWorks, Sat., May 26, 8 p.m. at The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St.

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