ArtsATL is a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy and vibrant arts community in metro Atlanta. We do this by providing a combination of thoughtful, critical analysis, news resources, commentary, programming and in-depth features of the city’s vibrant arts scene across all disciplines – visual art, design, music, dance, theater, books and film.
Susannah Darrow is the executive director of ArtsATL. She was the founding executive director of BURNAWAY. Georgia Trend named her one of the top 40 leaders in Georgia under 40 years old in 2014, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits honored her among the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 in 2013. She was in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and is in the 2016 class of LEAD Atlanta. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Advisory Board for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Darrow received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia and MA in Art History from Georgia State.
Laura Relyea is Executive Editor of ArtsATL. Her book, All Glitter, Everything, a collection of flash prose, was released by Deer Bear Wolf in March 2015. A portion of the book was included in the 2015 &Now Experimental Fiction Anthology, released biennially by the University of Notre Dame. Her essays, reviews, poems, and features have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Thought Catalog, Monkey Bicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her book criticism has been published in PASTE, Fanzine, and Vouched Books. She was previously the Managing Editor of Scoutmob, and the Editor & Chief of Vouched Books. Relyea received a BA in Telecommunications and Creative Writing from Ball State University.
Scott Freeman is managing editor of ArtsATL. He has worked at Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing and has received three Green Eyeshade Awards and an award for feature writing from the Football Writers Association of America. His oral history of the Cabbagetown music scene in 2010 was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He is the author of four books, including biographies of the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding, and is at work on another.
Megan Schaeffer moved to Atlanta in Fall 2015 from Charleston, SC. In Atlanta she works full time for an art consulting firm as the Artist Liaison and part time for ArtsATL as Sponsorship Coordinator. In Charleston, she was the Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply, Sponsorship Coordinator for Creative Mornings Charleston, and managed a small gallery space. Megan loves R&B music and frequently explores Atlanta’s many lovely parks.
Haylee Anne is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in a swirling, healthy love affair with Atlanta. Swooning over lush National Geographic landscapes for years inspired her at an early age, alerting her subconscious that she was to create. She holds a BFA in Photography from Montclair State University. In 2013 she was awarded the VSA Excellence of Artistry Award by the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. She has worked with Burnaway, Plywood People, Living Walls, and ATL Women in Tech.
Amelia Hess is a writer currently studying English with a concentration in creative writing, and digital media production at Tulane University. At Tulane, Amelia writes for her school’s newspaper, The Hullabaloo. She was also coeditor of poetry for The Tulane Review. Her poetry and features have been published in The Tulane Review, The Bitter Southerner, The Wren’s Nest and The Hullabaloo. She was previously an editorial intern for The Bitter Southerner, which furthered her interest in pursuing a career in writing.
Madeleine Harris is an avid writer studying dance at Kennesaw State University. From creative fiction stories to spur-of-the-moment poetry: she has continually carved a path for her love of words in her spare time. After dabbling in several vantage points of dance, including performance, production and choreography, she has decided to explore writing and research about the arts. She has recently been awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award from KSU and will be wrapping up her last semester this summer. She is excited to intern with ArtsATL to gain a fresh perspective of the arts and culture in a city she already loves.
Madeleine was born in Yangchun, China and raised in Marietta, Georgia.