Founding Stories: Oral histories of grassroots Atlanta October 17-18

Join Art Papers virtually for Founding Stories: Oral Histories of Grassroots Atlanta, a decade-by-decade series of talks exploring the founding stories of a selection of Atlanta’s DIY and artist-run spaces.

Founders of some of Atlanta’s most beloved and remembered spaces will speak about how these organizations came into existence. Answering questions such as: What were the conditions that led to the founding of the space/project/organization? What was happening in Atlanta at that time? What goals did you set out to accomplish, and did you feel those goals were met? What can the current field of artist-run initiatives learn from this history?

Each talk will be moderated by a member of the community who experienced the initiative’s activities first-hand, and in several cases, who operated/participated in similar concurrent projects.

Saturday & Sunday, October 17-18, 2020. All panels hosted via Zoom. Free but registration required for each session. All registration links can be found at

Saturday October 17
Panel 1: 2010s Moderated by Brandon Sheats, feat. panelists from The LOW Museum of Contemporary Culture, Deer Bear Wolf, The Bakery Atlanta, and TILA Studios. 11-12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: 2000s Moderated by Felicia Feaster, feat. panelists from ArtSpot, Beep Beep Gallery, Shed Space, Apache Café, and Saltworks. 1-2:30 p.m.
— Panel 3: 1990s Moderated by Chad Radford, feat. panelists from Eyedrum, 800 East, Young Blood Gallery 3-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 18
Panel 4: 1980s Moderated by Lisa Tuttle, feat. panelists from The Mattress Factory Group, Blue Rat, Arts Exchange, Little Beirut Art Space, and Café Bizzoso. 1-2:30 p.m.
Panel 5: 1970s Moderated by Dr. Candy Tate feat. panelists from Nexus, Neighborhood Arts Center. 3-4:30 p.m.