A collective consciousness of empathy & understanding is needed now more than ever. Engaging hearts & minds on today’s most pressing social issues is the first step towards a more equitable future.

AVANTGARTE unites a community of passionate doers around contemporary art, music & conversation in order to empower positive action. By creatively engaging with the world around us we become more aware of its inequities. By deepening our knowledge of the world’s complexities we become better equipped to tackle its challenges.

Join us on Thursday, February 28th at Atlanta Contemporary from 5 - 10pm for an evening of artistic immersion, critical discourse & cultural connectivity as we embrace our shared humanity & deep dive into the intricacies of the global refugee crisis.

5:00-6:00pm:: Community Hour + DJ

6:00-9:15pm:: Screening of Ai Weiwei, Human Flow and discussion with Shanice Chesney of New American Pathways

9:15-10:00pm:: Community Hour + DJ

Screening: Ai Weiwei, Human Flow

Music: KING NAPPA (Lava House)

Installation: Ashton Bird, Exterior 3: Wall

Community Consciousness: New American Pathways, a nonprofit that strives to promote safety and stability, self-sufficiency, success, and service for individual refugees and refugee families in Georgia.

Atlanta Contemporary is free admission, everyday. Our February Mixologist-in-Residence is Mitchell Oliver. Cash/card bar.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.

This is a FREE event- Skip sign in at the front desk! All you need to do is RSVP with the link above.


Lauren Martin

A passionate believer in the power of the arts to open minds & shift perspectives, Lauren is forever committed to exploring all the world has to offer. Having spent 8 years in Los Angeles - first as a student at USC & later as a doyenne of LA’s underground music scene - Lauren got a true taste of contemporary culture & how it shapes the way we engage with the world. After recognizing the need for experiences that bring people together for a cause greater than revelry for revelry’s sake, Lauren began developing the AVANTGARTE concept while obtaining her M.A. in Business Design & Arts Leadership from SCAD Atlanta. With her compass pointed towards enriching experiences that enlighten & inspire, she aims to share her deep faith in human potential with those who are committed to making a positive impact.

Upcoming Events

July 20 / 12:30pm
Contemporary Talks

Artist Talk with Mary Stanley Studio

July 25 / 6:30pm
Contemporary Cocktails

Crafts + Cocktails

with Creative Mornings

July 29 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Kids

Contemporary Kids

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