A conversation with artists and community members about Atlanta as it relates to a dream realized and a dream deferred.

The Community Mural Project has gathered creatives from numerous disciplines to present a multitude of perspectives of Atlanta’s future and is the commencement of Atlanta Futurists. Atlanta futurism is an imagined community of creators whose art seeks to celebrate and document a more equitable and inclusive future where everyone has the room to breathe and be. Inspired by a mutual interest in archiving, this conversation gathers together artists whose contributions to the mural expand our understanding of Atlanta’s infrastructure, erasure, and art as a healing practice.

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Bios

Jasmine Wilson


Jasmine Wilson is a writer and art critic from Atlanta, GA. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University and is a participant in Stay Home Gallery’s Inaugural Curatorial Fellowship program. Jasmine is the founder of her blog POCKETBOOK, where she publishes weekly reflections on contemporary Black life and art. In recent posts, Jasmine has served as Youth and Family Programs Assistant at the High Museum of Art, Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Graduate Research Assistant for the AUC Art History and Curatorial Studies Collective. Her writings have appeared in Burlington Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, Contemporary And, Abstractions Magazine and Black Women in Visual Art. Jasmine holds a BA in English from Howard University.

Magda Dumitirescu

Magda Dumitrescu is from Atlanta, and won’t let you forget it. They use art both as an anthropological tool for documentation and as a way to create new folklore. Their work uses storytelling traditions from the American South and Eastern Europe to create solace and celebrate interconnectivity with everyday magic. Their practice focuses on color and movement, in murals, installations, collage, drawing, painting, animation, and video. Dumitrescu is an art educator and artist partner at Atlanta Contemporary.

King Barnes

King Barnes participated in the High Museum of Art’s Teen internship program in 2017. During this internship, he exhibited in group shows and was selected to represent the Museum at ICA in Boston alongside Dr.Fahamu Pecou. King worked for the Fulton County Council as an Arts Assistant under the direction of artist Michi Meko. In 2019, under the direction of Kristan Woolford, King was recognized as the APS Film and Video Student of the Year. King was awarded a scholarship that he used to purchase his first camera.
In the fall of 2019, King began studying film at Georgia Gwinnett College, however, due to COVID-19, he was forced to leave school and return home. Faced with the uncertainty and social unrest, he used his camera to document the Atlanta BLM protest which resulted in a collection of historic images and two self-published books “NIGHT OPPS’’ Vol.1 & 2

Tokie (Rome) Taylor

Tokie (Rome) Taylor Artist Biography Tokie (Rome) Taylor is a native and resident in the suburbs of Atlanta,GA. She received her BA in Arts Education with a focus on Photography and Drawing from Morris Brown College, In Atlanta and a M.Ed, and Ed.S from Lesley University. Tokie’s work explores themes of time, spirituality, and identity. She often integrates found objects as artifacts and conduits of memory.
Tokie’s exhibition and awards record includes international and national exhibitions; ArtFields 2020 and 2021, SP-Foto in São Paulo, Brazil, top 50 PhotoLucida Critical Mass 2020, WOMEN (UN)SILENCED A Survey of Contemporary Black Artists Gallery 1202, Gilroy, CA, 37 Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum, Monroe LA, Zuckerman Museum of Art GA, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, “APG- Alan Avery Selects” Atlanta, GA. among others.
Tokie is a Funds for Teachers Fellowship recipient, studying photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in San Francisco, California. She is an Honorable Mention recipient for the International Photography Awards (2019) sponsored by the Lucie Foundation. She is a 2019 recipient of the 2019 Virginia Twinam-Smith Purchase Award. Her work is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, government public collections, and private collections. Her work was recently added to the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
Additionally, Tokie devotes her time to her 5 children, as well as teaching and inspiring young artists as an arts educator in Atlanta, GA.

Chanell Angeli

I am Chanell Angelique Skyers, a mixed media artist of Caribbean descent residing in Atlanta, GA.
Through the use of natural materials such as metal and wood, I am focused on creating three dimensional pieces that channel the universe and touch the soul.
My heritage comes through strongly in my work, as I often work with tropical floral and images of people who remind me of my childhood.
There is an emotional soul tie between my poetry and art. Just as the words build on each other telling a story in my poetry, so does my use of mixed media in my art. At first, its all a puzzle in my mind and to convey the feeling and emotion is the goal. Whether I am pulling from the labyrinth of words in my mental cloud or the jungle of floral and images in my studio; selection is key. This is where and when I believe spirit and I co-create. Unlike many artists, I do not plan or sketch out my ideas beforehand. They are all spontaneous flurries of epiphanies pulled from the unseen spiritual world where thoughts and inspiration live and are then made manifest in the physical by way of art. The pieces just seems to just fall out of me through pen and pad or canvas and paint.


Upcoming Events

June 24 / 7:00pm
Performance

Pagan Five

Redaction of Archival Materials

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Adam Forrester manifests a physical representation of the notion of selective memory by interacting with formally confidential archival materials reflecting the hidden history of his hometown.

June 27 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Kids

Contemporary Kids

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A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.

July 5 – September 12
Contemporary Dance

Dance Canvas Summer Artist Residency

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Atlanta Contemporary and Dance Canvas are partnering on a new initiative that provides time and space to dance artists in metro Atlanta.

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