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.
Van Jensen is the publisher of ArtsATL. He is an author and filmmaker with credits including The Flash, James Bond: Casino Royale and Green Lantern Corps and the upcoming graphic novel Two Dead (Simon & Schuster). Jensen previously served as director of publications at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, where he led an award-winning relaunch of print and digital publications. A former newspaper crime reporter, Jensen has written for numerous national magazines and newspapers. He broke into comic books in 2009 with the graphic novel Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and went on to write for DC Comics and several other publishers. In 2016, he was named a U.S. Comic Book Ambassador by the State Department. A native Nebraskan, Jensen graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.
Andrew Alexander has twice been voted “Atlanta’s Best Critic” by readers of Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing in the publication’s annual “Best of Atlanta” issue, and local arts website Burnaway has dubbed him “Atlanta’s favorite critic.” He was a 2015 Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and in 2014 he was selected to participate in the Arts Writing Workshop, a partnership between the International Art Critics Association and the Creative Capital-Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, for a mentorship with renowned Wall Street Journal art critic Peter Plagens. He can’t dance, but he performed a supernumerary role in Nick Cave’s 2015 performance work “Rise Up, Atlanta,” and soon after he curated and DJ-ed the dance performance event Honey, You Know Where to Find Me presented by the Lucky Penny in June of 2015. He loves art, travel, bourbon and old records.