ArtsXChange to honor community artists with new award

The ArtsXchange will present REVIVAL! on Sept. 22,at Chosewood Ballroom. The cornerstone of this evening of celebration, music, art and dancing is the inaugural Ebon Dooley Art & Justice Awards, named after the ArtsXchange’s founder, which will highlight four artists and activists who are advancing access and justice for their communities and beyond.

As a theatre artist and bridge builder, Bobbie Paul has always added her artistic touch to the causes and events that she supports. As Executive Director of WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions), Paul grew the organization to become Georgia WAND and defined its three areas of concentration across the state: Peace in Action, Environmental Justice and Empowering People to Act Politically.

The late Shelia Turner recognized the relevance and the importance of documenting the culture of her community and how it impacted the African American experience and the legacy of African American women photographers. Turner will be honored along with Sistagraphy, which encourages life-long learning and promotion of the photographic arts through interpretive theme-based exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach.

Tasnim Mosabber is an artist who has demonstrated a history of using her platform to amplify issues and bring visibility to communities striving for justice. From high school through college and beyond, Mosabber has directed her art to inspire uplift. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Raksha, Inc, an organization that works with South Asian survivors of domestic, sexual and other violent crimes. Her Goddess Collection inspires and evokes the power and nobility that is carried within every woman.

Dianne Mathiowetz has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to lending her voice and energy to organizing for social change. Her work as a partner in the coalition of artists and activists known as 50 Artists/50 Shots hosted several public events focusing on police killings and political prisoners. In addition, she will be recognized for her work as Vice President of the Board of Directors of WRFG 89.3FM, and support for workers’ demands for living wages, healthcare and other benefits.

The Honorary Hosts for the Ebon Dooley Awards include former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Activist Attorney Mawuli Davis, Reverend Dr. C. T. Vivian, Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., author/playwright Pearl Cleage, and members of Ebon Dooley’s family.

REVIVAL! has particular meaning as the ArtsXchange is poised to reemerge this Fall with a new facility in East Point to continue the work began 35 years ago at the Grant Park location.

“The work of those who work in the shadows to bring about substantive change for the better, often goes unnoticed and unrewarded.” sayid Alice Lovelace, Board Chair and longtime friend of Ebon Dooley. “REVIVAL! will be an opportunity to showcase those individuals and organizations that use culture, the arts, and creativity to tackle issues that are barriers to a just society and a world free from racial and religious discrimination and exploitation.”

Visit artsxchange.org for more information on REVIVAL! tickets, sponsorship and volunteering.

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