Courtney Hammond goes full time at Dashboard Co-op

Co-founders makes it official

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Dashboard Co-op has announced that Co-Founder Courtney Hammond will become the organization’s full-time creative director. Effective immediately, the news comes as Dashboard is set to announce forthcoming local exhibitions at their three North Avenue and Spring Street galleries, a winter show, and several “strange surprises over the next two months,” according to a release.

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Along with with her duties with Dashboard, Hammond was the project supervisor in the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ public art division. Since starting in 2010, Hammond and Dashboard’s Executive Director Beth Malone have helped jumpstart the careers of 55 artists. Dashboard’s largely credited with reenergizing the market value in otherwise decimated Atlanta properties by hosting arts exhibits and installations in abandoned buildings, warehouses, and other neglected spaces. The organization’s 2011 show, Ground Floor, helped spark the overhaul of Edgewood Avenue into a premier nightlife district. “We were asked to have that show to bring business and development to Edgewood Avenue. We felt really good about breathing new life into that part of town and that’s when we realized our mission was changing,” Malone told CL editor-in-chief Debbie Michaud in her profile of the duo for 2013’s 20 People to Watch issue.

Of the 14 exhibitions the group has produced in vacant properties, 90 percent of those spaces now house businesses including galleries, newspapers, and restaurants. Hammond and Malone’s efforts were recently recognized by Marie Claire in a piece tilted, “The ‘Purpose Economy’ Is Changing the Way New Businesses Are Created and Women Are Leading the Way.”

“I look forward to setting even more of a precedent with Dashboard exhibitions and projects in and out of Atlanta,” Hammond said in a statement. “With Beth as our executive director, and both of our full energy and heart, along with that of our board and our staff, the organization’s potential is boundless. I truly believe that.”

Malone, a former coordinator of the High Museum of Art’s teen programming echoed Hammond’s sentiments of the need for Dashboard’s founders to be able to focus solely on the organization. “It’s breathtaking to me that Dash now as the capacity to support both founders as full-time staff. Having Courtney as a devoted creative director gives us the space to refine our practice and move even further into the national and international art communities.”