Artists and Entrepreneurs Series, 9/21, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Aug. 28, 2013
-- The Enchanted Closet will present its Artists and Entrepreneurs Series on September 21, 2013. The series, started in 2010, is designed to introduce girls, ages 12 to 19, to local artists that have leveraged the love of their craft into business ventures. Girls will have a chance to hear artists share their stories, view their work, and unleash their own talents by engaging in the craft of the artists. The program is one of many GIRL$ Service-Learning Program events that the organization sponsors monthly to provide teenage girls with the tools for greater self discovery, self esteem, and self sufficiency.
"Many people in Atlanta only know us for our annual Prom Dress Giveaway Program through which we have provided over 4500 dresses to girls in metropolitan Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah, since 2003, but we're not working just to ensure girls look and feel good on prom night, we are focused on how they will feel the rest of their lives. Our mission is to mentally, physically, and emotionally outfit girls", said Bonita Johnson, Executive Director.
Charlton Palmer also known as CP the Artist (www.cptheartist.com)
was the first artist featured by the organization in 2010. He is a self taught visual artist whose forte is digital painting, graphic art, traditional oil and acrylic painting. Charlton once put his paint brush down for the security of a nine to five job in accounting, but after longing for his passion, and hearing the loving, but nagging taunts of family members who talked about how good he used to be, he picked his brush up, and has moved forward full speed in self expression.
"Being a self taught artist all my life, art is in me. I want my art to portray the essence of life, love, tragedy, spirituality, self expression, hope and purpose. My appreciation and motivation for this artistry is part of my goal of having a long lasting relationship with the viewers", said Charlton.
When asked why he feels it is important to share his artistry with teens, Charlton responded "I believe that using my talent and being a positive example can help the youth stay or go in the right direction. I want the youth to believe in themselves, dream big, fight for their goals, and to care about others."
Charlton will be featured again this year along with Kimanni Thompson also known as Kimanni Kouture (www.kimannikouture.com)
. Kimmani is a model and fashion designer, amongst other things and she started her design business in 2013 at the age of 12. Kimanni Kouture is a reflection of who Kimanni is: creative, happy, full of personality, focused, and strong. Kimanni Kouture is created for the everyday girl as well as the girl who dares to be different.
"We hope that the girls attending this program will feel inspired to grow their ideas into businesses that will benefit them, their families, and the community. The Enchanted Closet will help by offering financial literacy and business development courses, and will allow girls to sell their goods in our boutique, located in the Sandy Springs Plaza", stated Johnson.
Participation in the program is free. Registration is required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ArtistsandEntrepreneurs921
. For more information on the Artists and Entrepreneurs Series and other programs, contact the Enchanted Closet (www.enchantedcloset.org)
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-221-3498.