We are where the next generation stands up, shows up, and takes their places; nurturing coming generations of torch bearers for the arts. We advocate for artists to achieve success. We provide studio, and performance space. ArtsXchange; the place to work, serve, be seen, and develop.

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During the summer of 2018, we will host a 35th birthday celebration for the ArtsXchange, AND on SEPTEMBER 22, present the first annual Ebon Dooley ArtS and Justice Awards.


EBON DOOLEY was a longtime advocate of the fair distribution of wealth, promoting tolerance, freedom, and equality for all. He led with the spirit of grassroots movement for collective action in pursuit of economic and social justice. It is in his spirit that the ArtsXchange is proud to celebrate the first annual Ebon Dooley ArtS and Justice Awards in recognition of individuals and organizations that utilize creativity in service to the communities they work in, with, and through.


  • must live and work in the state of georgia;

  • and should demonstrate:

    • a deep and long-term commitment to their work;

    • an ability to build bridges between diverse communities beyond the barriers of race, class, or occupation

    • a commitment to the advancement of social and economic justice in collaboration with poor and working-class people; and

    • an understanding of multiple ways the arts and creativity contribute to an organizers toolbox.

A total of five awards will be presented.


Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Bridge Builder

  • Change Maker

  • Economic Justice Champion

  • Social Justice Champion

  • Emerging Leader (Must be under age 30)


Host Program Committee

  • Teressa Hale-Mathurin, Ebon’s daughter, mental health counselor

  • Kemi Bennings, curator and producer of Soul Sista’s Juke Joint

  • John Brandhorst, curator and arts educator at Grady High School

  • Omelika Kuumba, founder and artistic director of Giwayen Mata

  • Charles Bullock, choreographer and creative director at Youth Ensemble of Atlanta

  • Jea Delsart, Arts Advocate and Patron

  • Alvin Dollar, Fundraising Chair, Host PLANNING Committee

  • Cheryl Odeleye, past board chair and executive director at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center

  • ArtsXchange board members: Nino Augustine, Alice Lovelace, Grene Baranco, Michael Powell and Vanessa Manley

  • The ArtsXchange program consultant is Charmaine Minniefield