ARTiculate ATL Gives Underrepresented Emerging Artist a Platform
Coming off the heels of the 9th annual ARTiculate ATL pop-up event, it is clear to see how the community, artist, and the culture benefit from this type of event. The community was able to enjoy a magnificently curated show, the 25 participating emerging Atlanta artists sold just shy of $50k in artwork, and the stories that are told via the artwork created a win for the culture.
“To truly support artists, we have to make sure that artists are getting paid. That’s why we have always made sure that the artists keep 100% of their proceeds.”- Esohe Galbreath
Research has shown that there is a lack of diversity in the art world as it relates to everything from museum leadership to institutional programing. This continues to allow for not only a lack of exhibits that highlight Black and brown artist, but it does not foster a path for these artist to earn a living similar to that of their white counterparts. According to Artsy, an article published by Sotheby’s in 2019, based on analysis of 216 solo shows by African American artists at 30 museums over the course of a decade, showed that nearly a quarter were focused on the same 10 artists. The curators of ARTiculate work hard to find emerging talent they may not otherwise have the opportunity to showcase their work in this way.
Over the years, the event has hosted a number of artists that have gone on to have great careers like Jamaal Barber who said the following:
“Being a part of ARTiculate ATL made me have to organize my practice and get serious about how I was presenting myself. I made connections with collectors and peers that was the spark for me to think about doing art as a legit full-time career. All artists need to go through that process and events like ARTiculate ATL are so necessary.”
Dr. Fahamu Pecou had the following to say: “ARTiculate is one of the most memorable and unique art experiences I’ve ever had. Aside from the amazing artists, artwork, and the intimacy of the presentation… the environment and energy were palpable. The experience affirmed for me a crucial and often missing aspect of conventional presentations of art – engagement. Seeing people from all walks of life, at varying stages of art appreciation, all come together was inspiring and fun.”
Pecou continued, “I believe we should support events like Articulate because it represents a revolution as it pertains to the art viewing experience. Art is neither static nor stoic. The organizers of Articulate understand this ans it is evident. Art is an experience! And articulate sets the stage for us to not merely be spectators, but instead active participants.”
As the event marches towards its 10th year, stay tuned for a number of opportunities for youth artist to get involved, panel discussions, and additional ways that the community can support the 10th Anniversary of ARTiculate ATL.
About The Event Organizers
Ball-n-Co. LLC is a marketing firm that provides web and print editorial, design, promotion and printing services to its clients. Ball-n-Co. is dedicated to bringing artistic love to life and creating opportunities. The Vision of Ball-n-Co. is to edify and uplift the community through our dedication to art, culture and sustainability and create social, economic, educational and business opportunities that will contribute to the betterment of the people. For more info, visit www.ball-n-co.com.
Sohé Solutions a boutique small business consultant that is passionate about working with creatives, artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries to build their business. Sohé Solutions specializes in tax preparation, book keeping, business planning, general consultation, graphic design, and supply chain solutions. For more info, visit www.sohesolutions.com.