News Briefs: Emmy win for Georgia Southern, CCI announces Civic Innovation Fellows, The Masquerade announces move and more


gsu-wind-ensembleThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Southeast Chapter, awarded Georgia Southern University’s Multimedia Development Center (MDC) and Department of Music an Emmy Award for Best Live Audio.

Art Berger, director of the MDC, Jeffrey Clark, a Department of Music graduate student and Rebecca Lynch, academic and post-production producer for MDC won this prestigious award for their recording of the Georgia Southern University Wind Symphony’s live performance of “Lis Escoubo” from Suite Provençal by Jan Van der Roost.

The Georgia Southern University Wind Symphony, a student ensemble conducted by Colin McKenzie, D.M.A., performs two concerts per semester on campus.

The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI), an organization which helps local governments and nonprofits “find, test, and invest in new or different ways to tackle local social challenges,” announced its inaugural class of Atlanta’s Civic Innovation Fellows this week.

This diverse group of eight of Atlanta’s brightest “social entrepreneurs” will be provided with the resources they need to enact social change in Atlanta during their six-month fellowship. This fellowship includes business development workshops, free workspace, leadership development training, mentorship and advising.

martin-dawe-picMartin C. Dawe, an Atlanta-based sculptor, has been chosen to create the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. which will be erected on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol in 2017. Governor Nathan Deal and Representative Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) announced their decision to commission Dawe this week—the culmination of efforts to replace sculptor Andy Davis, who was killed in a motorcycle accident last year.

Governor Deal announced in a prepared statement that “while the passing of Andy Davis was a tragic loss to his family and community, his contributions to this project and to the legacy of Dr. King will live on.” Deal went on to commend Dawe, calling him “a gifted artist who shares our vision for this fitting tribute.”

The first black mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson, was renowned for his efforts to improve Atlanta’s race relations and increase minority business participation. He is an icon of social change and activism and beloved for his diversification of positions of power in Atlanta. One of Jackson’s mentees, Les Bond, CEO of Attucks Asset Management firm in Chicago, believes that “this generation of black professionals don’t know the history.” To rectify this, Jackson’s close friends and family are creating a full-length documentary of Maynard Jackson’s life.

To complete this project, the film’s producers — including Jackson’s son, Maynard “Buzzy” Jackson III, his wife, Wendy Eley Jackson, and filmmaker Sam Pollard — need a total of $1.5 million. Their fundraising efforts have so far resulted in $300,000, mainly consisting of donations from family and friends.

The Maynard Movie producers have solicited the fundraising help of Coxe, Curry & Associates, whose chair, Ann Curry, expressed that she and her firm “hope corporations and foundations will give substantive gifts. We want there to be a mix of small individual gifts from black professionals and others. We want the donations to reflect the diversity in Atlanta.”

The Masquerade, a landmark of Atlanta’s alternative music scene since 1989, announced this week that they will be moving from their home of 27 years in the Old Fourth Ward to a new location in West Midtown.

The Masquerade’s historic location — the former Dupree’s Excelsior Mill — is planned to house restaurants and retail by the spring of 2018. According to the management of The Masquerade, the new location “is going to be nice, and new and shiny, built from scratch.” It will boast upgraded bathrooms, lush backstage rooms, tall ceilings and plenty of parking.

To memorialize their departure from their North Avenue location, The Masquerade will be hosting a farewell festival, The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016, on August 13 and 14. The festival “will encompass the Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory stages, along with two festival stages in Old Fourth Ward Park right next door.” Local vendors, food trucks and businesses like Southern Star Tattoos and Criminal Records will be partnering with The Masquerade for what is sure to be an exceptional event.

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