ArtsATL is a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy and vibrant arts community in metro Atlanta. We do this by providing a combination of thoughtful, critical analysis, news resources, commentary, programming and in-depth features of the city’s vibrant arts scene across all disciplines – visual art, design, music, dance, theater, books and film.
Susannah Darrow is the executive director of ArtsATL. She was the founding executive director of BURNAWAY. Georgia Trend named her one of the top 40 leaders in Georgia under 40 years old in 2014, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits honored her among the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 in 2013. She was in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and is in the 2016 class of LEAD Atlanta. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Advisory Board for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Darrow received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia and MA in Art History from Georgia State.
Laura Relyea is Executive Editor of ArtsATL. Her book, All Glitter, Everything, a collection of flash prose, was released by Deer Bear Wolf in March 2015. A portion of the book was included in the 2015 &Now Experimental Fiction Anthology, released biennially by the University of Notre Dame. Her essays, reviews, poems, and features have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Thought Catalog, Monkey Bicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her book criticism has been published in PASTE, Fanzine, and Vouched Books. She was previously the Managing Editor of Scoutmob, and the Editor & Chief of Vouched Books. Relyea received a BA in Telecommunications and Creative Writing from Ball State University.
Scott Freeman is managing editor of ArtsATL. He has worked at Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing and has received three Green Eyeshade Awards and an award for feature writing from the Football Writers Association of America. His oral history of the Cabbagetown music scene in 2010 was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He is the author of four books, including biographies of the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding, and is at work on another.
Haylee Anne is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in a swirling, healthy love affair with Atlanta. Swooning over lush National Geographic landscapes for years inspired her at an early age, alerting her subconscious that she was to create. She holds a BFA in Photography from Montclair State University. In 2013 she was awarded the VSA Excellence of Artistry Award by the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. She has worked with Burnaway, Plywood People, Living Walls, and ATL Women in Tech.
Ivy Kroncke manages programming for ArtsATL to connect Atlantans with our diverse and unique arts and culture scene. Kroncke is a visual artist with a BFA in printmaking and book arts from the University of Georgia. Her extensive experience teaching adult art classes at Redux Contemporary Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina inspired her passion for connecting communities with the arts. Having worked with fine art institutions throughout Atlanta, Kroncke develops energetic, thoughtful programming to reach the curious people of our city.
Megan Schaeffer moved to Atlanta in Fall 2015 from Charleston, SC. In Atlanta she works full time for an art consulting firm as the Artist Liaison and part time for ArtsATL as Sponsorship Coordinator. In Charleston, she was the Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply, Sponsorship Coordinator for Creative Mornings Charleston, and managed a small gallery space. Megan loves R&B music and frequently explores Atlanta’s many lovely parks.
Hilleary Gramling is a rising senior at Emory University studying Creative Writing with a focus in poetry and art history. She is the upcoming Editor-in-Chief of FEMORY, a zine published biannually and sponsored by Feminists in Action at Emory (FIA). Hilleary has been a member of FIA for two years, as well as public relations chair and a producer of FIA’s yearly production of the Vagina Monologues. She will also be co-editor-in-chief of Emory’s fashion publication, 404. Hilleary currently blogs for Whitespace Gallery and serves coffee in a small on-campus coffee shop, in addition to her work as an editorial assistant at ArtsATL.
Maddie Stambler is a senior at Duke University pursuing a self-designed major entitled “Storytelling: History, Theory, Ethics, and Practice.” As an aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker, Maddie spent this past spring in Los Angeles exploring the opportunities that Hollywood has to offer. While in L.A., she spent time volunteering for a nonprofit mentorship program called Young Storytellers. In addition to mentoring a fifth grader through the process of writing a short screenplay, Maddie also made a short documentary about the organization and the impact of art and creativity on youth education. She is looking forward to honing her video and writing skills this summer as an editorial intern at ArtsATL.
Rachel Jones is a rising sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rachel is planning to major in English and Biblical Studies at Barnard and JTS, respectively. Rachel is an Associate Copyeditor of the Columbia Daily Spectator and was previously an Associate Editor of Op-eds.