Your Source For The Arts In Atlanta

ArtsATL recently added seven members to its board of directors. They come from the fields of law, education, finance and the arts, and join executive director Patti Siegel and executive editor Scott Freeman in leading the nonprofit publication. Many have nonprofit board experience.

“We are delighted that these arts and business leaders are working alongside us as we grow and evolve ArtsATL‘s role in Atlanta’s arts ecosystem,” Siegel says. “Their skills and experience will be invaluable in making sure that we continue to build informed and engaged audiences for the many Atlanta artists and arts groups we cover. That coverage is critical to creating a sustainable local arts community that contributes to the economic and cultural health of the city.”

We’re proud to introduce them to you.

JAMES A. ALEXANDER JR. is an associate attorney in financial services & products at Alston & Bird. He has a dual J.D. and master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was an associate justice of the Moot Court Board, president of the Black Law Students Association and a judge on the university’s Appellate Review Board. Alexander has been named one of the National Black Lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40” for outstanding Black attorneys in  Georgia. He chairs the board of the Atlanta theater company Found Stages.

QUENTIN AVERY BROWN is executive director of the Independent Artists’ Playhouse, an Atlanta theater company whose mission is to provide emerging artists with opportunities for exposure and professional experience. Brown is an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer who has performed at Westchester Broadway Theatre in suburban New York City, Springer Opera House in Columbus, and the Alliance, Atlanta Lyric, Aurora, Legacy and Out Front theaters in metro Atlanta.

RICARDO CORPORÁN is the diversity & inclusion administrator at Alston & Bird and enthusiastically committed to community service. He describes himself as a “gay, mixed-race, Hispanic cult survivor” who works as a human-resources-and-diversity professional by day and a self-taught abstract artist by night. He serves on the board of Theatrical Outfit as well as ArtsATL.

JOSEPH CRESPINO is the Jimmy Carter Professor and history department chair at Emory University. He has published three books, co-edited a collection of essays and written for academic journals as well as The New York Times, The Washington PostPolitico and The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book, Atticus Finch: The Biography — Harper Lee, Her Father and the Making of an American Icon, was published in 2018.

BIANCA SARRACH is a bilingual professional and a principal of advisory services at Brown Smith Wallace LLP. She moved to Atlanta early in 2020 from St. Louis, where she served on the board of Art Saint Louis, a nonprofit artists’ organization and gallery that concentrates on contemporary visual art in the region.

VIRGINIA SCHENCK is a longtime arts advocate, educator and jazz vocalist (known by the stage name VA). Her self-titled debut CD came out in 2012; her fourth and latest CD, Battle Cry (2020), hopes to use the power of music to generate change in the areas of civil and human rights. She joined the ArtsATL board, she says, to “lift the arts high in this great city of ours.”

STEPHANIE WATKINS is a retired accountant and financial adviser who has been part of the Theatrical Outfit board (chair, vice chair, treasurer) for 13 years. She chairs the Atlanta Master Chorale board and describes herself as a “passionate arts advocate” who patronizes many Atlanta theaters, music venues and museums. She also mentors young women beginning their careers.

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