ArtsXchange

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.

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 3.27.12 PM.png
 
 

our roots | EBON DOOLEY, FOUNDER

Ebon Dooley is the Founder of The Arts Exchange.  It was his intelligence, legal skills, community organizing skills coupled with his people skills and his humanity that allowed him to put in place broad political and community support, draw up and file the incorporation papers, pull together a dedicated board of directors (that not only represented the arts but labor and media and educators); all to create The SouthEast Community Cultural Center, Inc. d/b/a The Arts Exchange,  a new home for many and for some a home to replace the loss of The Neighborhood Arts Center . He saved a place at the table for black arts in Atlanta, carving out a space in the Atlanta landscape The Arts Exchange became an intersection of Cultures and Classes from Folk to Classical, Self-Taught to Guggenheim Fellows, and from all disciplines.  Ebon and that first board in those critical first years set in motion a vision we continue to live. Ebon was an activist, poet and revolutionary organizer. He passed away on October 12, 2006. For many years he was broadcast director of WRFG (Radio Free Georgia) in Atlanta.

Ebon was born Leo Thomas Hale, the oldest child of Leo and Beatrice Hale of the small farming community of Milan, Tennessee. Son of a school-teacher and the grandchild of middle-class farmers, he went to Nashville’s Fisk University on an early entrant scholarship. Ebon’s activism might be said to have begun with his work as managing editor of the Fisk literary magazine and newspaper (which included Nikki Giovanni as a freshman reporter). He went on to further activism when, as a regional honors scholar, he entered Columbia Law School in 1963. In New York he saw two very different sides of the larger world, as a law school management trainee at Manufacturers’ Hanover Trust and as a member of the Law Students’ Civil Rights Research Council and volunteer for the Harlem community action project of Har-you-act. At the first Black Power conference in Newark, he was impressed by the Chicago delegation; unable to get a large enough scholarship to go on to graduate school in business after his 1967 graduation from Columbia, he went to Chicago as a VISTA legal volunteer.

Ebon’s reputation rests mainly on one small but solid book of poetry, REVOLUTION; a poem.