SOCIAL ADVOCACY/NONPROFIT/COVID-19 RELIEF
Seven year old raises money for hospital pandemic gear (AP News) Hayley Orlinsky, a young girl from Chicago, has raised over $20,000 for the local Children's Hospital. Donors include Chicago politicians, a Broadway actor, and the White Sox baseball.
Atlanta Hawks and Adidas partnership to engage Georgia youth athletes (NBA) The Atlanta sports team and sports and lifestyle brand have launched a multi-year partnership that focuses on highlighting the NBA's young sports stars and engaging youth athletes across Georgia. The collaboration will include event sponsorships, product designs, and digital content to engage the audience.
The first director of Atlanta LGBTQ affairs announced (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Mayor Keisha Bottoms created a new position dedicated to promoting programs and implementing policies that affected LGBTQ residents and visitors. Malik Brown was announced as the city’s first director. Atlanta is one of the few cities in the country to have a full-time position dedicated to this role.
JEWISH COMMUNITY Elliot Karp shares a Chanukah message (Atlanta Jewish Times) The CEO of Hillels of Georgia shares the importance of remembering Chanukah's significance and other perspectives and advice as the Holiday begins.
Notable Jewish businessman pledges $9 million to Kennesaw State University (Atlanta Jewish Times) Norman Radow, a significant benefactor in multiple Atlanta organizations, has pledged a considerable endowment to Kennesaw State University. After meeting with Michael Coles and becoming the former chairman of the KSU Foundation board, he hopes his money will continue to develop the programs offered at Kennesaw State.
Artists gather for the Jewish Street Art Festival (Jewish Street Art) Diverse artists nationwide gathered to make street art with Jewish themes in cities from Washington, DC, Toronto, LA, Atlanta, Detroit, and more. Adam Podber painted a beautiful mural at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta this past Tuesday.
HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE
Travis Scott and beer (Ad Age) Anheuser-Busch and Travis Scott have signed an endorsement deal for the rapper to rep the company's new hard seltzer, Cacti.
The world’s first regeneratively grown oat milk (Oat Up) Dirty Clean Food has announced their launch of the world’s first regeneratively grown, carbon-neutral oat milk, made with oats from local Western-Australian farmers. This local farming model focuses on biodiversity, holistic management, and the water cycle to ensure delicious and simple Oat milk.
Ne-Yo and Karlie Redd to bring Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles to Atlanta (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The singer-songwriter and reality star are among the partners bringing the chicken and waffles restaurant to college park early next year. The menu will feature decadent waffle and brunch options, including cheddar drop biscuits with honey butter, cobbler, French toast, crispy garlic potatoes, and more.
Atlanta hotel industry likely not to start recovery until late 2021 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 2020 has brought low occupancy and minimal business to the hotel industry. The CEO and president of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau said there would be a tough start to the 2021 year, but hopefully, things will begin to pick back up by next summer.
Luxury department stores navigate the Holiday season (Vogue Business) Department stores are hoping that consumers across the world will spend more money this year than usual. Despite the economic downfall the year has brought, predictions are that consumers will be comfort shopping, revenge shopping, or extra-generous gifting this year to cope with emotions brought on by the years' events.
Amazon is now the earth’s biggest advertiser (Ad Age) The pandemic weakened the budget for some of the past top marketers, but not Amazon. The AdAge World’s Largest Advertisers report found that the e-commerce store was top of the list for 2020 spending.
Young Atlanta architects predict future industry trends (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Young architects discuss how the pandemic changed their jobs and the architecture industry. They reflect on how the profession they studied and worked hard to get into completely changed in less than 12 months.
How Atlanta influenced the roots of Air BNB (Atlanta Journal Constitution) The Gwinnett County high school graduate, Joe Gebbia Jr. Is the face behind Airbnb. He found his passion for art and design in 9th grade at the Gwinnett county school where a teacher encouraged him to continue pursuing his creative side.
Online showcase to present work from the Emory Arts and Social Justice Fellow program (Emory News) Six Atlanta artists worked with students to create work on activism and social justice to spark national dialogue. The exhibit includes installations and films that have been created throughout this semester.
Best of Atlanta 2020: Arts & Culture (Atlanta Magazine) Atlanta Magazine has curated its Best of 2020 list for many different industries. The arts and culture list includes various artists, curators, venues, virtual art galleries, filmmakers, event companies, and more.
Art and voting (High) With the runoff election happening soon, voters can go to the High Museum of Art to participate in early voting between December 14-30 and park for free at the museum.