As supporters of organizations that have the BEst interest of the community at the core of their mission, BE Magazine always wish continued success to those involved in affecting the lives of many. For years, I have personally attended The Chelko Foundations events and admire Randi Layne’s efforts to continue the dreams of it’s founder Paul Chelko. The lives of so many young women have been forever changed BEcause of the unyielding humility of those furtunate enough to work diligently, the community support, and the support of charitable donors. We received this update and thought it neccessary to share with our supporters as I am sure, many have BEen introduced to the works of The Chelko Foundation.
Dear Chelko Foundation family, friends and supporters.
We are proud to announce the installation of One Woman Rising, The Chelko Foundation Art Project topping the hill on Freedom Park at the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue in Atlanta, GA. You have had a profound and positive impact on our organization and this beautiful sculpture is dedicated to you. Your gifts of time, talent and resources have helped to shape The Chelko Foundation and drive our mission.
In keeping with Paul Chelko’s vision to end gender bias and empower women worldwide, this highly visible landmark is inspired by Eve Ensler’s recent global day of action, One Billion Rising, calling for the end of violence against women and girls. Fabricated by Atlanta artisan Phil Proctor , assisted by Geo Brenick (Geo4Design), the abstract sculpted dancing woman speaks to the celebration of woman’s release from bondage and her dynamic move into a new creative space. The statue radiates the grace of the feminine form and is painted by World Champion body painters, Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco (Living Brush Bodypainting).
Surrounding the sculpture is a railing where viewers are invited to use ribbons and markers (provided) to share their reasons for rising and their stories of empowerment and survival. Come and share yours!!!
The Chelko Foundation endowment at SCAD, funded last year, is giving women who seek an education in the arts an opportunity to help achieve their goals. Bodies as a Work of Art has become a must see event and we are proud to announce that this years roster of talent will include internationally recognized body painters as well as many of your favorite local artists.
Please stop by Freedom Park and enjoy the beautiful dancing woman who graces the hill… she is a symbol of empowerment.