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Future Mathematicians and Astronauts Camp

Empowering Youth Inc. is offering age appropriate interactive active activities in:  astronomy, robotics, biology, chemistry, geometry, earth science, space exploration ecology, physics, and algebra.

  • Before and aftercare available
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Weekly presentations
  • Weekly field trips



Grades: 3rd through 9th – Ages 8 to 15

Dates: July 11, 2011 – August 5, 2011

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday-Friday

First Iconium Baptist Church
542 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30316
Contact: 678.444.4194

Good food in L5P: Stir It Up!

In the heart of Atlanta’s Little Five Points, Stir It Up is a culinary tour mingling the rich blend of Jamaican Culture which has been often referenced as “Out of many, one people”. The beautifully blended cuisine embodies the flavors, spices and recipes rooted in its Indian, Asian, African, Spanish and British heritage.


(4pm-7pm complimentary rum punch w/ any entree Sunday ONLY)



Community Day…Save the date!

We are so excited to announce the first resident sponsored COMMUNITY DAY EVENT! On Saturday, September 17th from 10pm-6pm we are planning a family fun day filled with workshops, demos, food, and fun for the entire community.

There will be workshops on creative writing, legal consultation, theatre performance, activism, African dance, and programming for kids…and so much more!  Programs offered by seasoned artists, creatives, and professionals from the Little 5 Points Community Center and our neighborhood.

Mark your calendar and save the date. To volunteer, or present a workshop for Community Day and get free entry call 404.522.2926 or email Imani at  More details to come.

Think BIG...Think COMMUNITY!


L5PCC party with Kwanza Hall


The Community Center invites you to a fundraising party on Thursday June 17, hosted by City of Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall. Please join us:

Trolley Barn in Inman Park
963 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
5:30 and 8pm

Learn about the Center’s plans and how you can help! Councilman Hall has been a big supporter of the Center and its future, and we’re honored that he’s sponsoring this gathering.

Please join us on June 17th, and know that we are grateful for your past interest and support. Please feel free to invite other folks who you think might be interested in our efforts.

We look forward to seeing you!
Please RSVP by calling 404-522-2926 extension #3.

Solar Astronomy Project…Coming March 28th!

Join us in on March 28, 2010 at 7:00pm

(New time)

LOCATION: Parking lot

clip_image002 The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project is a non profit (501c3) organization that is dedicated to offering students and  youth in the Atlanta area a chance to enjoy the mysteries of our nearest star. 

Now Stephen Ramsden is bringing the view of the stars and sun right in the L5PCC parking lot.  You can use the latest in narrowband solar telescopes to bring solar activity in the Suns photosphere to the eyes of  students so that it may spark or reinforce an interest in the sciences among students.  BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Stephen Ramsden is an Air Traffic Controller in Atlanta and avid Solar Astronomer. He runs the largest Solar Astronomy Outreach program in the country (The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project using state of the art narrowband telescopes. Stephen visited over 70 schools in 2009 and administered the program to over 30,000 students. In 2010 Stephen will be administering a program through the City of Atlanta that aims to increase park participation while showing Astronomy to the general public. He is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and an Aviation and Space Education counselor for the Federal Aviation Administration. Stephen routinely lectures clubs and civic gatherings concerning subjects ranging from Solar Astrophotography to current NASA Missions.

 Click here for more on this organization 


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)


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



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