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Column: National Museum of Patriotism goes online
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
January 02, 2013 12:37 PM | 2203 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
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Back on July 4, 2004, Atlantan Nicholas “Nick” D. Snider, a retired United Parcel Service executive turned public benefactor, decided to take a significant amount of his personal financial resources to open a small nonprofit National Museum of Patriotism on Spring Street in Midtown, across from the Center for Puppetry Arts.

As exhibits outgrew the facility, Snider and museum supporters moved to a site on Baker Street downtown in 2008 with a board of advisors including Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and dedicated volunteers. It was recognized by the White House as the only museum of its kind in America.

In the intervening years, Snyder enlisted branches of the U.S. military, dedicated citizens and educators across the nation to grow the museum base into a meaningful national research source with educational exhibits and programs promoting the history of patriotism. The actual museum in Atlanta was closed in 2011 and the nonprofit National Foundation of Patriotism was created this year to transfer the patriotism message and deeds online.

“Going forward, we are now the only organization in American that focuses on patriotism every day!” Atlanta-based Executive Director Pat Stansbury said. “We urge supporters to join us as we take our cause to a national website with social media strategy to reach supporters around the nation — increasing awareness of the meaning, message and mission of patriotism in America and its relevance in the everyday lives of its citizens. We are growing young supporters and military personnel through contests, email and research sources focused on patriotism.”

The public is welcome to sign up for the many features on the nonprofit foundation site to view newsletters and America’s founding documents while participating in interactive kids’ pages, a Young Ambassadors program and tributes to patriots in your life.

Information: (404) 875-0691 or visit www.foundationofpatriotism.org.

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JumpSTART Your Career’s first session of 2013 is slated to begin Jan. 9 and run through Jan. 30 at the Community Assistance Center on Hightower Trail in Sandy Springs.

The free evening classes are offered to women of all ages to give job training and inspiration. Focus is on job readiness through identifying strengths, areas of interest and compatible career placement. Facilitators cover such topics as communication and networking skills, development of positive attitudes and relationships. Attendees will complete self-assessment and personal history profiles, create a personal marketing plan and write an effective resume as they research potential employers and prepare for interviews.

“As the high unemployment rate continues, it becomes more difficult to find a job, particularly if you have been out of work,” Executive Director Rebecca Smith said. “Where do you go for help? Our free workshops help a woman identify her strengths, improve communications and networking skills, even write an effective resume and research potential employers to put her on the road to employment.”

JumpSTART Your Career workshops are funded by the nonprofit Alexandra Surdyk Jones Foundation created in 2006 by the family and friends of emerging businesswoman Alexandra Surdyk Jones. After her untimely death at just 31, volunteers partnered with community centers and churches to provide classrooms facilities for the class series centered on self-discovery and job readiness for women of all ages.

The mission is to facilitate women to become productive and break the cycle of dependency for their families. No other agency in the Atlanta area focuses exclusively on job-readiness services with a creative approach to building a long-term career.

Registration and information: (770) 883-6856 or visit www.jumpstartyourcareer.org.

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Three extraordinary contemporary artists will be spotlighted Jan. 11 through March 16 in an exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in west Midtown.

“The Dark Pavement” collection is a center-commissioned series by New York-based artist Alix Pearlstein reflecting aspects of the center’s surrounding architecture and environment, including the derelict Bankhead Highway bridge. Working with actors from the Atlanta Out of Hand Théatre and Théâtre du Rêve, Pearlstein filmed sequences of action and stillness for her extraordinary images of urban life.

The “Nice to Meet You” collection combines the interdisciplinary works of Tony Labat, an influential teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Tad Savinar, a visual artist, playwright and urban planner based in Portland, Ore. The use of various media, including sculpture, drawing and printmaking, are paired to focus on human behavior.

"Our commissioning of Alix Pearlstein's 'The Dark Pavement' has allowed her to expand her palette, responding to specific architecture for the first time, working outdoors, and collaborating with Atlanta actors and filmmakers that she'd otherwise never have met,” center Artistic Director Stuart Horodner said. “Tony Labat and Tad Savinar are venerable conceptual artists whose works share many of the same concerns, but have never been exhibited together. 'Nice to Meet You' affords audiences a chance to appreciate their focus on human agency and behavior."

All three artists will be recognized at the opening reception Jan. 11 and the ticket will carry over for a Pearlstein talk-with-the-artist session Jan. 12.

Art in the exhibition is not for sale. Funds from the opening affair and admission tickets go toward center programming, including exhibitions, educational programs and Studio Artist Space.

Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artist’ cooperative, the nonprofit Atlanta membership-based center has become one of the Southeast’s leading contemporary art centers, playing a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape.

Presenting cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world and offering diverse educational programming for people of all ages, the center also supports working artists and their creative process through its studio spaces.

Opening tickets and information: (404) 688-1970, ext. 216 or visit www.thecontemporary.org.

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Twenty young vocalists from across Georgia will give their all on stage at the semifinals for the Stars of Tomorrow competition at the Buckhead Theatre Jan. 13.

The statewide vocal competition for children ages 13 to 19 is intended to showcase talent and give youngsters experience, exposure and the opportunity to pursue a singing career.

After reviewing entries from hundreds of submitted videos, local judges have narrowed the contest to these 20 hopefuls and opened the semifinal performances to cheering families, friends and the public for a $5 admission ticket.Winners of this stage of the competition will go on to the final round of 10 Best Vocalists at the Fox Theatre in Midtown March 17.

The winner will receive a check for $2,500, a professional photo shoot, a custom-made demo CD, a Frabel glass trophy and tickets to an upcoming performance at the Fox. First and second runners-up will receive the photo session, CD, trophy and tickets.

Stars of Tomorrow benefits the nonprofit Variety of Georgia with the mission to shine a light on the state’s promising young talent. Through the competitions, teens not only showcase their musical abilities for industry leaders but develop performance skills they can use for years to come.

Variety of Georgia is an outgrowth of the 1939 Tent 21 local chapter, which was originally part of Variety International, called the “world’s greatest children’s charity” by the organization and supported by the motion picture industry.

Variety’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of children in need who are challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect. Echoing the first Variety fundraising event, a circus-themed affair held under a big top, clubs often call themselves “tents” and members “barkers.”

Northsider Carolyn Lee Wills and former chief barker Mike Dangerfield are co-chairing the semifinal event.

Tickets and information: (678) 994-4210 or visit www.varietystarsoftomorrow.com.
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