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Art is Important 

Art is Important is an outreach program focused on using art as expression and holistic healing for restorative justice, mental health, and substance abuse in Athens-Clarke County.

AI believes that art is essential to a healthy Quality of Life as defined by the World Health Organization. This concept is supported by the engaged theory outlined in the Journal of Applied Research in the Quality of Life. We curate culturally diverse events each year and award grants to worthy young creatives in the name of art.


Art is Important Magazine is a zine purposed for literary and artistic expression. This zine releases on a bi-monthly schedule. In-store pick-up is available Tuesday - Saturday every week at 3700 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606 inside of Georgia Square Mall at the AADM Justice Center and Bookstore. Local delivery is also available with a monthly subscription. 

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Currently, I, Cassie Chantel, mentor through the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement's End the School to Prison Pipeline mentorship program and I have two mentees. Through this program, my mentees have the opportunity to gain professional experience working for a magazine by learning the fundamentals of photography, editing, videography, and more. They are able to contribute their own ideas and I cater their experience to fit their goals. They are able to complete their mandated community service hours while building their resume.


In 2023, I hope to expand mentorship and acquire 3 workstations, 3 microphones, 3 audio interfaces, and 3 DSLR cameras. This equipment acquisition will allow us to facilitate more students at once. I am open to receiving equipment or monetary donations to achieve this goal.