SOCIAL ADVOCACY/NONPROFIT/COVID-19 RELIEF
How nonprofits are engaging more senior volunteers virtually (Nonprofit Quarterly) Citizens 56 years and older are the largest percentage of volunteers for organizations. The pandemic has resulted in a decrease of volunteers in that demographic. Nonprofits have started to develop ways to engage senior volunteers mainly because of the mental health benefits that come with it, fostering social connection during a lonely time.
How Georgia pulled off the game-changing youth vote (Time Magazine) Youth voters age 18-29 in Georgia contributed 21% of Georgia’s votes this year, higher than the national average of 17%. That turnout is highly credited to grassroots organizations such as New Georgia Project, Campus Vote Project, Students for 2020, and Opportunity Youth United, which all advocated and focused on engaging youth in politics.
Local organization feeds struggling music industry workers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Musically Fed, a Phoenix-based non-profit, expanded its efforts to Atlanta, distributing about 5,600 pounds of food to musicians and the musical community who have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Atlanta trans man wins homecoming king (The GA Voice) Last month Riverwood International Charter School in Fulton County crowned Connor Fair as homecoming king. He made history as the first transgender man to win this title in Georgia.
Lidl donates 800 turkeys to Atlanta nonprofit (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The well-known grocery store chain Lidl is spreading holiday cheer but donating 800 turkeys to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, who will distribute them to local families in need.
Atlanta History Center, home to veterans histories (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Atlanta History Center started a veteran's oral history project, consisting of interviews and accounts of more than 800 video interviews from members of the armed forces and veterans.
How Hillel helped a student find their heritage (Jewish Federation of Atlanta) Raised in a Catholic school and non-religious home, Olivia Emmette explored her Jewish ancestry through Hillel at Georgia Tech. The organization allowed her to explore her heritage, attend events, and find community away from home.
HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE
Turkey Day Guide: Restaurants open for dine-in and takeout (Atlanta Intown) Thanksgiving and the Holiday season may look different this year. Here is a guide to local restaurants offering socially distanced meals or take-home feasts this year.
Popular Atlanta vegan restaurant expands to Ponce City Market (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The owner of Slutty Vegan, Atlanta’s popular plant-based burger spot, is opening a new vegan restaurant and bar in Ponce City Market’s food hall. The business manager described the new ‘Bar Vegan’ as having a “very traditional Slutty Vegan kind of feel, with a bar.”
Dining pods could be the answer for restaurants this winter (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Many restaurants have resorted to outdoor dining amid the coronavirus pandemic. With winter coming, restauranteurs face the challenge of providing socially distanced meals outside. Dining pods that are large clear tents with space heaters are one way some restaurants separate diners as colder weather comes in.
Huge expansion coming to Ponce City Market (Atlanta Intown) Atlanta’s popular shopping center, food hall, and event space unveiled plans for a 500,000 square foot expansion, including residential living and retail space that will rise 20 stories and contain more than 400 units.
Georgia media companies benefit from political season (Atlanta Business Chronicle) With the events of the political season this year, millions of advertising dollars ended up in media companies' pockets. Georgia TV stations have recorded record revenues this year, with the state being a key battleground territory in this year's election.
ARTS Sweet Auburn neighborhood gets a new look (Atlanta Intown) Twenty-five new murals and signs will be installed in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood along Auburn Avenue between Peachtree Street and Boulevard. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District are introducing this project to replace previous signage installed for the 1996 Olympic games. Multidisciplinary artist, Gianni Lee debuts first solo art exhibition in Atlanta (Paper Mag) The West Philly-based Artist has documented the Black experience in America through fashion design, music production, international DJ sets, and thought-provoking gallery showcases. This week, Lee releases his third independent presentation, “Gianni Lee: Black Heroism & The Wounds They Carry” at Wish Gallery in Atlanta. A conversation with the director of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Arts Atl) Annette Cone-Skelton is the president, CEO, and director of the museum, which she co-founded in 2000. As an artist herself, her work has been featured in the High Museum of Art, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. What The High Museum has planned for 2021 (Arts Atl) The admired Atlanta museum is planning six exhibitions throughout spring and summer 2021. Those include displays featuring international artists specializing in printmaking, metalwork, ceramics, photography, and other art mediums.