L5PCC in Fox TV Series Past Life

The L5PCC was used in filming an episode of the FOX TV series, PAST LIFE

It is common for film production companies to use the rich character of our wonderful building for movies, tv, and independent film. Now Bonanza Productions is among the many companies to rent the L5PCC building for filming.  In the Fall of 2009, Bonanza shot a scene for the upcoming FOX TV series, PAST LIFE, at the Center.

PAST LIFE is a new drama series about an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you today is the result of who you were before.

DR. KATE MCGINN (Kelli Giddish, “All My Children”) is not your typical psychologist. Confident, outspoken and highly educated, she works at The Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health in New York City, a world-renowned institute dedicated to the study of the science of the soul.

After experiencing a past-life regression in her 20s, Kate became a believer in reincarnation. Using regression therapy and her natural gift for reading people, Kate helps solve the mysteries of her troubled clients who suffer from present-day problems caused by past-life traumas. She believes there are levels of consciousness and explanations for human behavior that science can’t begin to explain. Accustomed to skeptics, but not bothered by them, Kate is an unapologetic believer and a force of nature who marches to the beat of her own drummer.

Here’s a trailer for PAST LIFE:

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L5PCC Gets an Online Makeover and Goes Social

L5Pcc has gotten an online makeover with new and improved website and a Facebook page.

The website has a fresh new look-and-feel and is easier to navigate.  We made it easier to find the Center calendar.  And most important we updated our Partner list.  Like any website, this is a work-in-progress so any feedback would be appreciated (post in comments).

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We are now on Facebook.  Please join our Facebook page by clicking on the FB icon in the right column.  Spread the word about the L5PCC FP page to all your Facebook friends!

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Hollis Hildebrand-Mills At Eyedrum Gallery 10/17-12/05

Hollis Hollis Hildebrand-Mills’ studio is located in Little 5 Points Community Center. Her fifth solo exhibition is at eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta.  Hildebrand-Mills is an Atlanta-based artist working in paint and collage-based mediums.

This show takes her work further with the creation of a digital video using computer-extracted pieces of the collages on view at the exhibition.  The sixteen  minute video’s hypnotic music by Peter Gabriel provides a backdrop for the cut-outs to swirl and dance forming a unique enchanting narrative.

Look at these collages and discover parts of them in the video presentaion.  The video and collages act as a unified installation.

Hildebrand-Mills has exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Atlanta and Texas.  One of her paintings was chosen by Anne Umland, Curator, Painting & Sculpture Department, Museum of Modern Art, NY, for inclusion in a juried exhibition at Pleiades Gallery in NYC.  Hildebrand-Mills has received many awards and accolades for her collage and collage-inspired work.

There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 17th 6-8 PM.  Gallery hours:  contact eyedrum Gallery at 404.522. 0655.

Press wishing to preview this exhibit should contact Ms.  Hildebrand-Mills at 404.219.1388.  Ms.  Hildebrand-Mills wishes to thank Vince Wiggins for his technical support on the video portion of this project.

Visit her website (click here)

Visit eyedrum Gallery (click here)

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Looking For Affordable Meeting Space? Try L5PCC!

imani2 For many years now, the Little 5 Points Community Center (L5PCC) has been providing quality, affordable meeting space for arts organizations, student artists, and grassroots non-profits.

It is genuinely hard to beat our prices, not to mention we are in one of the most unique and diverse shopping districts in Atlanta…The Little 5 Points area.   There is wonderful shopping, great plays,  restaurants and the best people watching in the city.  Our meeting spaces include a large open area that can accommodate 50 chairs or 75 standing.  We also have two smaller classroom spaces, perfect for workshops, or board meetings.

The list of organizations that rent with L5PCC, currently, include but is not limited to the following: The Neighborhood Planning Unit, Afridansa, Inman Park Church of God, and several others.  If you want more information about renting meeting space call our office today: (404) 522-2926.  Ask for Imani

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L5P COMMUNITY CENTER LOOKS AHEAD TO A NEW ERA!

groundbreaking The Little Five Points Community Center Inc. (aka L5PCC or L5PCC Inc.) has added value to our neighborhoods for twenty-six years.

In 1982, the Atlanta Public School Board decided to close the Moreland Elementary School on the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues in a consolidation effort. The grassroots model for non-profits was an active one in the formative years of newly emerging in town neighborhoods, such as Candler Park, Inman Park and Little Five Points. Making a personal difference and a contribution to the area was (and is) a common bond, leading to the formation of many businesses and organizations in the area today. Vision making was a part of the every-day conversation for the “movers and shakers” in our communities.

Who knows exactly where the spark flew that heated up the concept of transforming a large old building with three floors of classrooms, a cafeteria at one end and an auditorium at the other into a collection of non-profits, arts and like-minded groups.

We do know that our previous Executive Director, Joe Shifalo, took charge of that spark which led to a $1/year lease from the School Board to a newly formed non-profit, the Little Five Points Community Center, Inc.

It became the mission of this non-profit to provide affordable rental spaces to a select group of organizations. At the beginning of the initial venture, L5PCC Inc. served as an incubator to organizations that later found other or permanent spaces. Among those are the Georgia Solar Coalition (now Southface Institute), Seven Stages, and Metro Fair Housing Services. For the last ten years, L5PCC Inc. has maintained a stable group of resident tenants with limited space available.

The current residents (twelve organizations) participate in the governance and mission of the building through the Resident Advisory Council (RAC). From this group, 3-5 individuals are appointed to serve on the Board of Directors.

In 2008, L5PCC needed a new leader. It was time for Joe Shifalo to retire, having given 20 years to the Center and the residents housed there. With faith and an excellent interviewing system, L5PCC Inc. was able to attract an outstanding Executive Director – a visionary leader who is also grounded in the reality of the day-to-day challenges of a 30,000 square foot building, grounds and tenants.

Imani Evans holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has been a social change agent for more than twenty years, working with non-profit agencies in Atlanta, New Jersey and New York. Her areas of organizational expertise are creative program development, staff training, and coalition building. Prior to her December 1, 2008, beginning with L5PCC Inc, Imani founded Women Healing Women Inc., a non-profit for female survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Imani is an author, speaker and performance poet. Her commitment to community, collaboration and programming will sustain L5PCC for many years to come.

In 2006, the Board of Directors, with leadership assistance from Randy Pimsler and Pimsler-Hoss Architects, Inc. put together a strategic plan for the building. The plan addressed structural, energy-efficient, and accessibility issues. What worked for schoolchildren in the early part of the last century does not work as well today. The building is an historic treasure and as such, has to conform to certain guidelines. Large single-pane windows, which allow natural light for artist studios, also pose challenges for energy loss and safety. Drainage systems built in 1929 pose infrastructure challenges. An individual who is unable to negotiate steps can access only a small portion of the building and could not volunteer, serve or participate with organizations on an inaccessible floor.

The Board made a committed decision to launch a Capital Campaign with two phases. The first phase set a goal of $500,000. A consultant was hired to assist in contacting and researching foundations that might be interested in our mission and goals, and to coach our Board in reaching out to individual donors. Pledges from the Board totaled approximately $50,000. Our next step was to apply for a block grant (CDBG) from the City of Atlanta. The grant awarded L5PCC Inc. $120,000 in funding specifically for the purpose of installing an elevator. Another action step by the Campaign Cabinet was to hold house parties to introduce neighborhood individuals to the Center and the Campaign, and to ask for pledges. Parties were held at the homes of Don Bender( Candler Park), Anna Foote (Poncey-Highland) and Lori and Danny Sandoval-Feig (Inman Park). Additional house parties are planned for the fall. A Development Consultant, Kathie DeNobriga, begins work on July 1, 2009 to develop applications and proposals to national and local foundations. L5PCC Inc. Board members are approaching neighborhood organizations that acknowledge L5PCC as an asset to their community and may want to participate in funding the Capital Campaign.

Construction on the elevator should begin by the end of this summer. The sidewalks and driveway, with access cuts, surrounding L5PCC have been upgraded and are now walk-able and safe to traverse. Drainage needs have been addressed. Although the CDBG grant gives L5PCC a great start on accessibility, it is not enough to cover the costs. Ongoing efforts are needed to continue to fund the Campaign.

Little Five Points Community Center – Elevator Ground Breaking Ceremony
(Left to Right: Council Person Kwanza Hall, Joe Shifalo, Randy Pimsler, Imani Evans, Kathie DeNobriga)
Photo Credit : Van Hall

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Tango Dancer

Watch this amazing tango video (by Mundo Hispanico) with George Velasquez featuring Marissa, artist and tango dancer. All I can say is…Wow–what an inspiration! It is in Spanish, so if you don’t speak this language of romance just sit back and enjoy:-)

Note: Marissa is a wonderful visual artist & dancer, renting studio space at the Little 5 Points Community Center under the Euclid Arts Collective.

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WRFG’s Second Annual Block Party

WRFG’s Second Annual Block Party is July 18, 2009.

Last year’s party was held outside on the lawn and front parking lot, and included vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment and DJ sets.  It was a real “feel good” event for, WRFG, Little 5 Points Community Center and the community as a whole.

The Block Party is being planned by WRFG’s Special Events committee.  We meet every other Monday at 6:00 in Room 105 – and our meetings end by 7:30 (promise!).  The next meeting will be held this coming Monday, April 27.  The Block Party will be a main point of discussion, and we would love to have you attend to present any ideas you might have about the event in general and how specifically your organization might participate.
For more information contact Joan Baptist: office@wrfg.org
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