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The Pullman Yard Showcase with Atlanta Contact Point

The face of Pullman Yard!

We had the opportunity to join Atlanta Contact Point in their Pullman Yard Showcase. Pullman Yard is an abandoned train yard in Kirkwood. Atlanta Contact Point’s dream is to see the space trans­formed.  The aban­doned indus­trial site would make an amazing community center. Think an active nature pre­serve, with play fields and an arts complex. Sounds fun, right?! 

Setting up for the Pullman Yard Showcase!

It rained the whole day! Not just a sprinkle, but heavy rain with the big drops that fall like pebbles. It created a unique atmosphere. Families would rush in and then pause in the doorway getting their bearings. Once people made it inside the building, they didn’t want to leave. The result was adults having lingering conversations. Kids running around everywhere, laughing. It made it feel like Pullman Yard had already been transformed into the community space it deserves to be. 

Julie helping a young artist get started at the Pullman Yard Showcase.

We set up shop near an unofficial entrance. We had good light and fresh air. We arranged our tables and chairs, and filled our water buckets. (Dustin found a few leaky spots in the roof and had our buckets filled with rain water in a matter of minutes.) Because of the wide variety of people attending, we decided to do one of our signature murals. (This mural concept was thought up by Morgan Corbett for our Norton Park Elementary School mural project. It's been such a big hit, that it bears repeating.) It was fun telling our story to the grown ups and painting along with the kids. There are so many talented young artists in our city! 

Dustin having a good conversation with a young artist at Pullman Yard Showcase.

Because of the rain and the space, we had the opportunity to slow down a bit. We literally had to watch paint dry. The humidity made for a good opportunity to learn more about the people at the event and what the neighborhood was like. (Answer: Neighborhood - Awesome, People - More Awesome.) 

Pullman Yard painters hard at work!

It was fun to see the kids so wrapped up in their work. The adults would hang back and talk while keeping a watchful eye. Julie, Dustin and I hovered over the table, helping where needed. 

The finished Pullman Yard mural! 
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The finished mural is up in Atlanta Contact Point at Druid Hills. If/When Pullman Yard is transformed, Atlanta Contact Point will probably install the mural in the new arts space. We would love to see this space transformed. It’s obvious the space is well loved by its neighbors and visitors alike. 

Learn more about Pullman Yard in the press:

Built for Connection: Our Event with GSU + Fostering Together

Over the past two years, Paint Love has had the privilege of bringing some of Atlanta's greatest artists to serve and inspire hundreds of incredible students. At Paint Love we believe art is therapeutic, emotionally healing, and ultimately transformational.  That is why we work to bring the best artistic environments to our community's youth, particularly to those who face or are vulnerable to face difficulty including: stress, depression, abuse, neglect, grief, poverty, and self esteem issues.

Built for Connection Volunteers helping with Check in! 

Built for Connection Volunteers helping with Check in! 

On an individual level, art can positively impact self-esteem, confidence, and even happiness.  But in a collective environment, art can be even more powerful, bringing together a community, creating opportunities for communication, and building connections.

This couldn't have been demonstrated any better than it was just a few weeks ago at Georgia State University, where we were able to host our largest Paint Love event to date. 

Our Volunteers from GSU + our Paint Love Artists. Such a big group!

Our Volunteers from GSU + our Paint Love Artists. Such a big group!

With the volunteer support of 40 Georgia State University art students and four Paint Love artists, we created an event specifically tailored to foster children and families around the theme "Built for Connection."  Partnering with Fostering Together, we were able to invite families from thirteen different agencies including four DFCS county offices. 

Paint Love artist and Licensed Master Social Worker, Hannah Kimbrough helped our staff come up with the theme "Built for Connection" for this special event.  We love this idea.  

We as humans are built to be connected. When we work together in life (or in art) we can create something far more beautiful than if we tackled the project alone. 

With our theme in place, four Paint Love artists, Mac StewartJoe DreherRoss Boone, and Sabrina Barilone, volunteered to lead projects.  Each artist taught a creative technique infused with their personal style. Our guests were able to walk through the space (graciously provided for free by GSU)  and stop in at each of the artists' tables and create works of art (with many supplies generously donated by our friends at Binders.)

Take a look:


Mac Stewart working one on one with a child

Mac Stewart working one on one with a child

Mac Stewart and his gang of GSU volunteers

Mac Stewart and his gang of GSU volunteers

Mac Stewart:

Atlanta Visual Artist

Created 3D paper sculptures. 


 

Joe Dreher:

Atlanta visual artist and Artist in Residence with The Creatives Project at the Goat Farm Arts Center

Created portraits using clear acetate paper and mixed media paper and paint and frames from Ikea.

Joe Dreher's Project at Built for Connection

Joe Dreher's Project at Built for Connection

Joe's volunteers trying out the techinique

Joe's volunteers trying out the techinique

A child practising the technique on Madison 

A child practising the technique on Madison 


Paint Love Artists Ross Boone teaching the technique to GSU volunteers.

Paint Love Artists Ross Boone teaching the technique to GSU volunteers.

Paint Love Artists Caitlin Chase and Kim Warner working at the Thank You table!

Paint Love Artists Caitlin Chase and Kim Warner working at the Thank You table!

GSU Volunteer helping a family with their word art collage!

GSU Volunteer helping a family with their word art collage!

Ross Boone:

Illustrator and Writer

Ross created positive word art pieces around the idea "I am" to represent all of the strengths and characteristics of each family member

 

 

 

 


GSU Volunteer working one on one with a child!

GSU Volunteer working one on one with a child!

GSU Volunteers helping teach Sabrina's technique. 

GSU Volunteers helping teach Sabrina's technique. 

Sabrina Barilone:

Art Teacher in Cobb County

GSU Volunteers prepping for the event.

GSU Volunteers prepping for the event.

Sabrina created face mugs that fit together when stacked using air dry clay


This event in the press:

GSU Art + Design