Atlanta

I would like to say thank you to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for selecting me to receive a Professional Development Grant. The grant gave me the opportunity to fly to Atlanta to attend the Blogalicious Conference. Strangely, as much as I like to travel, I had never visited Atlanta before. It’s an amazing city. I now understand why my friend’s boyfriend said one needs at least a month in the ATL to see everything. The three days I was there, I barely scratched the surface of things to do:

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Downtown Atlanta

The Blogalicious Conference was interesting. It definitely attracts well-rounded, educated, professional, and ambitious women of color bloggers/entrepreneurs. It was amazing to see so many of these women under one roof. The attendees were people who had attended the conference over the years (Blogalicious was celebrating its fifth year anniversary). So, the majority of folks knew each other. It had a sorority type vibe, which I tend not to do well in.  It was a bit awkward for me. Folks were polite, but it helped if you had a couple of other women to kick it with. I attended the conference alone. Perhaps the conference organizers could think about dedicating one day (or the mornings sessions or whatever) to newbies to the conference. I know that some other huge conferences tend to do this as a way to support new attendees. Other than that, I would recommend this conference to WOC who are interested in learning how to promote their blogs/brand their work:

Conference schedule
Conference schedule
Conference swag bag gifts
Conference swag bag gifts

The best part of the trip was getting a chance to see relatives living in Atlanta. It felt good to relax and hangout with them:

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Dinner with family 🙂

I had some free time so I went to a lecture at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture.  I got a chance to see artist James Eugene. Eugene paints futuristic images of black folks/sometimes other folks of color.  He shared with the audience his creative process/why it’s important to show futuristic images of black folks. His artwork is detailed and eye-catching:

Photo from: http://www.jameseugene.com/artworks/aanzii.html
Photo from: http://www.jameseugene.com/artworks/aanzii.html

Overall, I had a good trip to Atlanta. I can’t wait to go back and do more exploring 😉

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Author: wocpdxzines

I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling!

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