In a time when human connection has become a rarity, art of any and all forms has become a necessity. Atlanta-based artist Linda Mitchell has had art flowing through her veins for decades. She has been a professional artist for over 35 years and continues to improve her craft and learn from experience while also seeking to uplift the Atlanta arts scene. 

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Art is a valuable tool for self-expression, while also serving as a form of activism. When tragedy strikes, creatives seek an outlet to draw attention to inequalities. Jon Key, an artist known for his dedication to justice, used art to vocalize his thoughts and feelings after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre. Following the tragedy, Key focused his attention on the safety of queer and trans people of color in public spaces. 

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Music has always been a vital part of Jillette Johnson’s life, from singing in front of her family to releasing numerous albums over a decades-long musical career. From country to pop, Johnson has covered multiple genres of music, her talent and passion ring clear on every song and album. She has powerful vocals that have only gotten stronger throughout her career, and as a singer-songwriter, so has the lyrics she has written.

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Twenty-year-old indie-pop musician Arlo Parks has never been one to hide behind her voice; while her music speaks for itself, she doesn’t let it do all the talking for her. Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, better known as Arlo Parks, an up-and-coming London singer-songwriter is bold in every way. She’s open about herself, active on social media, and an overall force to be reckoned with. 

West London might be home for Parks, but her first language was French, due to her Paris-born mother. Parks is half Nigerian, a quarter French, and a quarter Chadian, and as she described herself to Billboard, “I'm a Black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class.”

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