Producer/Director: Andrew Young
Cast: Andrew Young
The Making of Modern Atlanta Project
At a time when racial violence was common across the South, Atlanta set a standard for cross-racial cooperation among city leaders. Making of Modern Atlanta (MMA) is a multi-disciplinary initiative that documents the transformation of the city through the development and application of a model termed “The Atlanta Way.” The model is based on a governing philosophy and policies that support a public-private framework and promote economic growth across all sectors of the community.
Atlanta offers an important political, cultural and economic model for cities around the U.S. and the world to adopt for the purposes of building better, more vibrant and inclusive communities that serve the common good. Developed in cooperation with Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, the project includes: Ambassador Young’s memoir, Andrew Young: The Making of Modern Atlanta; a documentary film bearing the same title; a digital archive comprised of interviews with influential Atlanta natives; and an educational and leadership training program about the Atlanta model.
The Andrew J. Young Foundation continues the vision, values and virtues of Ambassador Andrew Young that have moved this nation to higher ground.
The Foundation has kept this concept alive by creating vehicles, partnerships and opportunities for conveying Andrew Young’s knowledge and life experiences with the world.
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Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist based in Lagos, is receiving global recognition due to his phenomenal artwork. Describing his style as hyperrealistic, Olamilekan began drawing at the tender age of six. By eight years old, he became a professional, making him the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.
To succeed at hyperrealism, extreme patience is required. While drawing, Olamilekan precisely captures even the most minuscule details in order to bring his works to life. “I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too,” he told DD News, adding that those who lack patience will not achieve hyperrealism.
Olamilekan’s typical subject matter includes drawing from everyday life in Lagos, his personal experiences, and family. However, similar to all great artists, his work has a more profound meaning than what initially meets the eye. Take “Daily Bread,” for example. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family,” Olamilekan explains. “The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”
The child prodigy began receiving worldwide attention after recently meeting with the French president, Emmaneul Macron, who was deeply moved by his work. At only 11 years old, this is only the beginning of Olamilekan’s accomplishments. His art teacher, Adeniyi Adewole, believes that he is one of the most gifted of his students, saying, “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater.”READ MORE........