This conversation covers the impact of Atlanta's changing landscape, the factors contributing to the shift, and the effect on the arts & culture community in the city. Bring your passion as we set the ground for solutions through a collaborative, outcome driven discussion. Facilitated by Jodine Dorce.
Facilitator & Panel Bios:
Jodine Dorce is well-known lovingly in the Atlanta community. With an impressive career as an award-winning event marketer in the arts, entertainment and consumer product industries, Jodine’s behind the scenes achievements include developing, packaging and promoting products for Disney Consumer Electronics; leading sponsorship integrations for CurlFest and ONE Musicfest; producing the 2015 ESSENCE Festival and being responsible for the branding of Red Bull as a staple in the Atlanta cultural scene. She started hosting her own live music showcases after realizing no one else could demonstrate the same level of excitement for the artists she was promoting. This discovery led to a five-year stint on WBCX 89.1 FM producing and hosting her own radio show for the Atlanta and north Georgia markets. She also has produced and served as an on-air personality for various television and online shows, including “Capital Jazz TV,” "Beehive FM," “What’s Happenin’ TV,” The Soultracks Reader’s Choice Awards and more.
Bem Joiner is an Atlanta native and arts & culture influencer. As one part of the Atlanta Influence Everything brand & consulting agency, Bem is a go to for companies and organizations seeking to reach new American consumers in Atlanta and beyond. He is a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and is on the steering committee developing Atlanta's Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking Strategic Plan.
Richard Dunn is an Atlanta native, serial entrepreneur, and driver of Atlanta's arts & culture scene. In 1998, Dunn co-founded Groovement Inc., an artist management and event production company that focused on the soul scene. Groovement served as a resident promotion arm for the Ying Yang Café, as well as the launching pad for the career of four-time Grammy winning vocalist India.Arie. His entrepreneurial endeavors include, The Muddy Water Group, a creative services and live concert production/promotion company, and part ownership of the popular Atlanta restaurant Tom Dick and Hank. Richard also serves as the Director of Strategic Alliance at The Atlanta Voice Newspaper, one of Atlanta’s first African-American newspapers founded by his grandfather J.Lowell Ware.
zahra is a life enthusiast, which encompasses many things. She is a mother, activist, creative and adventure. A project starting, wandering overlover and outdoor junkie. zahra has happily resorted to enjoying life the way she did when she was 13 years old, unapologetically with tons of play. Currently, zahra is working to master the handstand and is utilizing outdoor adventure, growing food, yoga(ing) and being a creative as the root of her community organizing efforts to enhance physical and mental wellness, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. She is the co-founder of Red Bike & Green-ATL and sees biking as a tool for communal and individual transformation.
David Y. Miller attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA-96) and studied photography and anthropology; he also attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. He is the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Preservation Center, is the President of M.H. Mitchell, Inc., and continually works with the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries to expand its collections. His approach to preservation is the focus of sharing space between historic and cultural experience.