In this Issue: New Exhibit in the Xchange Gallery, Calendar of Events, Announcements, New Studio Artist, New Board President, Artist Profile, Announcing Modern Dance Class and more!
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Quarter Newsletter Summer 2015

Greetings From the Executive Director

 I hope this newsletter comes to you at the height of a great summer. We here at The Arts Exchange are very busy. Our visual artists are creating great work and exhibiting around the city, country and beyond. Our performing artists are holding events here and elsewhere, and honing their craft in their studios. As I write this at 7:40 pm on a Tuesday, there is a rehearsal for a play, “OPEN HOUSE”, in the Paul Robeson Theatre, Poets in the “New Wave” from around the country are joining the Atlanta Word Works poets in the new Ebon Dooley Board Room, preparing for their Brave New Voices performances; and another group of musicians have just come to play in Allen Welty Green’s Z Music Studio! The Arts Exchange is at an exciting point in its growth and development, poised to leap forward. Under the visionary spirit and leadership of the board of directors, and the dynamic commitment of our program volunteers/advisors, artistic services and programs are growing.

I am pleased and proud to be associated with The Arts Exchange, a facility, organization and institution that has done so much for so many in its 30 years of service to the arts community and the greater community. We have kept our commitment to social justice and it is an integral part of our programming as well as our mission. We have claimed this place as part of the beloved community, and we now declare it to be SAFE SPACE for our young people who feel so endangered in this society. I attended the opening program for Brave New Voices (see below) and the barrage of talented, passionate youth voices crying out for an end to police brutality and gun violence left me with an even greater resolve to work through the arts for social justice. We cherish and embrace Atlanta Word Works and other young artists who call The Arts Exchange their cultural home, a safe haven to grow and create.

Change is constant, and we say goodbye to cherished friends: Cheryl Odeleye, President of the Board of Directors and committed volunteer, gave tirelessly of her time and financial expertise as she worked to make The Arts Exchange stable and solvent. She will continue to be a treasured part of The Arts Exchange even though she has resigned from the board. Nayada Cowherd, our beloved volunteer extraordinaire who designed and produced our News and Notes Newsletter since its inception, is spending time in Sweden. She is a true arts angel and we will continue to hold her and her family in our hearts. Baba Taji Nanji, founder of The New World Martial Arts Fitness Institute has moved on as well. The vitality and dynamism he brought to this center will truly be missed. We wish him the very best in all of his endeavors.

We welcome others as we move forward: Alice Lovelace, an integral part of The Arts Exchange since its founding, has taken the helm as President of The Board of Directors. Her historical memory and administrative acumen will serve us well as we move forward toward 30 more years. Alicia Randolph, our summer intern, is receiving her MFA in Arts Administration from SCAD and will be designing our Summer and Fall issues of News and Notes. She has already proven to be an invaluable asset. We welcome Cassandra Greene to studio 102 that Marc Brotherton vacated for a larger studio, the former Ebon Dooley Board Room, studio 105. The new Ebon Dooley Board Room is now in studio 110.

All modern dancers should sign up for the exciting, new Arts Exchange dance class starting in September.

Please continue to read our quarterly newsletter. Various studio artists will be featured in each newsletter. Be sure to check out our events calendar and come out to as many of our featured events as possible, including our Xchange gallery exhibitions and theatre showcases and more!

Yours for the arts,
Malkia M'Buzi Moore

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Introducing New Arts Exchange Board President Alice Lovelace
We are pleased to announce that Alice Lovelace is the new Art Exchange Board President. Alice Lovelace is a veteran performance poet, award winning playwright, essayist, non-fiction author, artist-in-education specialist, arts consultant, sought after speaker, and lecturer from St. Louis, Missouri. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1976, where she is a dynamic community activist and has contributed tremendously to the arts with her unique perspective of artistic freedom as it pertains to societal issues nationally and internationally. Looking at community art making as a form of conciliation, Alice earned her Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University.

Alice was a founding board member and past Executive Director of The Arts Exchange, an in-town arts center, During her term as Executive Director of The Arts Exchange, she developed and administered the five state New Forms Arts Initiative in the South where she raised and distributed funds for artists working to, “"conceive and create new traditions of art in unusual places."  She served as Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS; a service organization for social change artists working in 13 southeastern state. Along with Dr. Lisa Delpit, she was one of the founders and past Executive Director of the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, Inc., an arts infusion program that facilitates collaborations between teaching artists and classroom teachers.

With Toni Cade Bambara and Ebon Dooley, Alice co-founded the Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAWW) and served as president and conference coordinator from 1979-1981.  Alice was the national lead staff organizer for the first United States Social Forum.  She was the lead editor of CRUX: A Conversation in Words and Images from South Africa to South USA (2007) and the 2011 anthology Poems of Solidarity for Haiti, available as a free download at In Motion Magazine.  Since 1975, she has served as co-editor of the on-line journal In Motion Magazine- a multicultural, online publication about democracy. ( 
Lovelace served on the Board of Directors of N.A.A.O. (National Association of Artists Organizations), she was a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts A recipient of numerous awards, in 2005 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association Her work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, journals and international publications. Most recent publications include Remembering My Birth: New and Collected Poems from Horizons Press and This is for Family, poetry and music CD from BlackEagle Records
Lovelace is a popular speaker and performance poet on college campuses (Emory, Amherst, Columbia College, Oxford College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Berea College, Florida AMU, to name a few).  She has been featured as a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous national conferences. For more than three decades, Alice has taught poetry in the Atlanta and Fulton County Schools, and for state arts agencies in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. 

She is a true Southern jewel to the world of art and social movement and has given so much to community based work in the South to help elevate and support artist of multi-disciplinary, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural populations.
                                              Phyllis Free 
Phyllis Free's Studio #LL3 at The Arts Exchange serves as her homebase for multi-disciplinary arts programs, literary projects, and performance engagements far and wide. As an artist-in-residence at Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) in Frankfort, KY, where she recently completed her fifth season as Sound and Music Designer for JSP’s Summerstage Shakespeare productions, she has conducted Art In Nature workshops in collaboration with sculptor and JSP Artistic Director Melanie vanHouten, facilitated Drum Circle Workshops, performed in concert, and has recently received a grant from the Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance Program, made possible by funds from The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation for her upcoming performance with KY folk music icon John Gage and as Festival Drum Circle facilitator for the JSP Fall Arts Festival.
Other on-going projects include visual art-making and percussion instruction, as well as contributions to the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activism Herstory Project, with publication credits in the latest special issue of Sinister Wisdom Art & Literary Journal. As a professional drummer & recording artist, she has performed during the past year as a member of the School of the Americas Watch Musicians Collective, with the Free Association Ensemble (with Elise Witt, Joyce Williams, & Jacque Howard), with Women’s Music artists Beth York & Barbara Ester in SC, among others, and recorded the album “Agadir” with Raw Silk Music in upstate NY and the song “Highway to Nowhere” for Elise Witt’s upcoming album in ATL. 
Studio visitors are welcome, by appointment, to view her original paintings, drawings, 3-D works, and prints for sale &/or to schedule expressive drumming & rhythm instruction on a per session basis. For more information or to schedule a visit, call Phyllis Free @ 502-938-8427. 



Cassandra Alexander-Greene wears many hats in the theatre world. She is a playwright, director and producer.  The founder of two outreach ministries, w.o.w.w.w /w.i.t.n.e.s.s., she has been in ministry for over 25 years and has been writing for community and church organizations for the entire time. She is on the board of several organizations including Chebar Ministries and Angie’s House. Cassandra conducts workshops, retreats and seminars on domestic violence, relationships and communication. Her plays and skits on teen dating violence, bullying, sexual abuse and human trafficking keep her busy.

She has written several plays on social issues. Cassandra directs her play “But I Love Him, The Many Faces of Domestic Violence”, and she has directed the “Moores Ford Bridge Lynching” reenactment for SCLC AND GABEO for several years. She is directing “A Song For Donnie Hathaway” For Black Poet Ventures, based in Oregon and run by Rod Ambrose, which ran in the Paul Robeson Theatre at The Arts Exchange in June to a full house.

Cassandra received a 2009 NAACP Award and has received several recognitions for her work in the community. She is currently adapting three books into plays and screen plays. Her favorite saying is “To be a great leader you must first be a great servant”. She goes on to say, “I am bringing my writing, directing and filming ability to The Arts Exchange.” I would love to do community theater here, teaching classes in acting and directing and writing. “ 

Arts Exchange Studio Artist Receives
the Walthall Artist Fellowship


The Arts Exchange is thrilled to announce that studio artist Rameses Jones has been selected on behalf of WonderRoot for the Walthall Artist Fellowship in the 2015-2016 year.  Rameses was one of 12 artists chosen among the highest number of competitive applicants since the fellowship’s initiation. The Walthall Artist Fellowship provides mentorship, a five-day residency at Ossabaw Island and a group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia. The selection committee felt that Remeses artistic work and professionalism have proven to showcase his tremendous potential to be a successful artist in the Atlanta area.

  Congratulations Rameses Jones!

The Arts Exchange Announces New Modern Dance Class

in The Paul Robeson Theatre


Modern Dance Technique with Emily Cargill,

Artistic Director of Emily Cargill and Dancers


Registration/Info Session Wed.August 26


First Class Wednesday September 2. 2015


Classes every Wednesday, 7-8:15 pm for 8 weeks  $8.00 per class

This is an intermediate-advanced level class that will incorporate big,      sweeping movements, traveling across the floor, fun and idiosyncratic                       material, while utilizing functional dance technique.  

Emily has her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University and her BA in Dance from James Madison University.  Emily strives to create work that is human, tender, and real, yet at the same time, explore athletic, gritty movement that is challenging and interesting.  In this series, we will explore the concepts of imagery, improvisation, and experimentation to develop nuanced, personal and integrated phrase material.




 The Arts Exchange Electrician Akhenaten S'L'M Bey Voted "Best of 2015" Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine

Akhenaten S'L'M-Bey, Founder & Senior Partner of Advanced Power & Energy, LLC., has been serving as the sole electrical contractor for The Arts Exchange for several years now. Being voted one of twelve “Best of 2015” in the Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine is a well deserved honor. His company of
Electrical - Solar Experts specializes in "Green Energy" for the future, today. The company offers applications in the latest technology designed to safe-guard you from all kinds of electrical fire and shock hazards.  

As a young teenager in Philadelphia, PA, Akhenaten S’L’M-Bey heard the message of love and answered the call to minister hope and healing to the people. For nearly forty-years his message has been broadcasted globally through the air waves and in lectures. Akhenaten, AKA “The Witch Doctor,”  currently serves his community in a thirty-year tenure at WRFG 89.3 FM/Atlanta.

Akhenaten ‘s “Delights of The Garden” became the first Live Raw Vegan Restaurant in Atlanta, GA., in the early nineties, expanding to Georgetown MD, Washington D.C., New York, Berkley and Cleveland, OH, planting seeds for the vegan foodies of today. In addition to running his electrical contracting business and hosting a weekly show on WRFG Radio every Tuesday, Akhenaten is touring the country promoting his new book “ I Love Me, The Ultimate Self-care Guide for Healing Artists” with co- author Versandra Kennebrew. Visit his Facebook page for more on his book tour                         





Vera List Center Accepting Art and Politics Fellowships

The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. Fellowship projects are selected following an open call for applications and relate to the current curatorial focus theme, “post democracy.” Projects can result in performances, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, online artworks, archives, or publications.

Two fellowships will be awarded, each spanning ten months. The fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a $10,000 stipend. Each fellowship is highly individualized,depending on the project. The fellows are supported by a student research assistant, have access to a wide range of New School activities, and enjoy extensive library privileges. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty, past fellows, and other constituencies will be provided on a regular basis to supply opportunities for professional as well as social exchanges. Curatorial, organizational, and financial support is provided for public presentations of the fellowship project.

Journalists, scholars, visual and performing artists, critics, public intellectuals, curators, and culturalpractitioners working in any field in which they engage art and politics are encouraged to apply.

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2016 Young Artists Prize

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities  to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts. Application materials must be received no later than October 16, 2015. Applicants will receive notification of their status via email by no later than the end of November and written confirmation by the end of December.

Applicants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States or  its territories, and be between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2015, or in grades 10-12. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa are eligible to apply.  YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis, provided the applicant’s nineteenth birthday falls within ninety days before or after the designated guidelines.

Visit the YoungArts Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


William H. Johnson Foundation Invites Applications From
African-American Artists for 2015 Johnson Prize

The Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist  in the areas of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre.  Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years.

To be announced in December 2015, the 2015 prize recipient will receive a $25,000 cash award.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous winners, see the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts website.
Deadline: September 18, 2015




The best youth poets from around the world took center stage at the 18th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival for a week of workshops, performances, and inspiration from July 15 – 18, 2015. This year, they held it  Cultural Mecca of the South – Atlanta, Georgia. Powered by Youth Speaks, the festival invited young people to take part in as many as 20 workshops and 50 events in just a few days. As featured on HBO and multiple media outlets, Brave New Voices gives a platform for young people and their poetry. Atlanta Word Works was a co-sponsor and active participant in all aspects of the event. Their report will be featured in the Fall issue of News and Notes. 


The Arts Exchange 750 Kalb Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30312


The Arts Exchange is here for you!

The Arts Exchange Internships are offered to high school, college, university and graduate students. Internship responsibilities vary according to grade and skill level. Innovative approaches to the internship descriptions below will be considered. Qualified candidates are motivated high school, college and university undergrad and graduate students interested in a creative environment where their contributions are appreciated. 
  1. Arts Administration interns are crucial to successful day to day operations. Duties include: maintaining facility files, data entry/management, material retrieval and organizing, recordkeeping and bookkeeping assistance.  Maintaining a comprehensive database (with demographics) of supporters, donors and audience members is an essential task.
  2. Visual Arts internship responsibilities include gallery prep, exhibition installation /de-installation, providing curatorial assistance to exhibiting artists, guiding tours for school groups and community organizations. Researching  RFP’s, fellowships, retreat centers and group exhibitions are additional tasks.  Assisting professional artists in their studios is an additional opportunity offered.
  3. Theatre and Performing Arts interns participate fully in maintaining the upkeep of The Paul Robeson Theatre, keeping the theatre log book current, helping build and strike sets, and assisting the dramaturge or director upon occasion. Additional duties include researching opportunities for performing artists in our performing arts program, coordinating programs and performances sponsored or co-sponsored by The Arts Exchange and other tasks as needed.
  4. Communications, Public Relations and Social Media interns have the important duties of updating the events calendar, developing press and media releases, distributing communication instruments, scheduling media events, building and maintaining a comprehensive press, media  and social media database in addition to maintaining a comprehensive database (with demographics) of supporters, donors and audience members. A crucial component of this internship is promoting programs and performances sponsored or co-sponsored by The Arts Exchange.
  5. Cultural Anthropology internship tasks include researching and compiling existing documentation, retrieving records, historical data and materials; identifying participants who are still active, gather written and oral histories, inventory material in our extensive files for archives. College/university undergraduates and graduate student interns are encouraged to identify a specific area of concentration that may benefit their studies.
Contact:  Malkia M’Buzi Moore, Executive Director
phone: 404-624-4211  email:

Seasonal clean up days of the facility and grounds
Every Wednesday 2 pm to 6 pm and Saturday, 12 noon to 6pm
Do you have a cultural calling?
Be an Arts Angel and volunteer today!
JOIN THE BIG SUMMER SWEEP! Come and help clear interior spaces, organize materials, closets, and storage rooms.
Help make The Arts Exchange so clean and clear it shines.
PAINT PARTY OVER HERE! Whether you are a master with a paint brush or a novice on a mission, The Arts Exchange needs you to adorn the theatre, rooms, hallways, stairs and landings with fresh paint so that this center will gleam, all because of you!
GREEN TEAMS NEEDED to clear vines and bushes of litter so that our grounds will truly be “pretty as a picture”.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL MAVENS needed to help us inventory our possessions, polish our processes and maximize our potential.
Become an Arts Angel for The Arts Exchange!
Contact us when the spirit moves you to volunteer

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