Beth Malone is the founding executive director of Dashboard, a curatorial venture that encourages artistic risk-taking and immersive practice. The organization has presented award-winning exhibitions in cities around the nation including Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, and Detroit. Dashboard has been a springboard for the careers of 150+ artists.
In 2017, Beth received a TED Residency in NYC. She spent 3 months working out of their offices in Lower Manhattan and gave a TED Talk on their international stage. Beth has been named a Civic Fellow, a program by Sarah Blakely (SPANX) Foundation and the Center for Civic Innovation that supports female entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leaders (2015) and Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (2015), and participated in Ford Motor Company’s National Gathering of Innovators (2015) and Innovate Atlanta. Beth was on the founding steering committee for MARTA's new Art Council, ArtBound. She has sat on Forward Arts' Emerging Artist Committee and American Art Museums' Public Engagement Committee. In 2013, Creative Loafing labeled her a "Person to Watch." The same year, Beth was one of 12 curators selected worldwide to participate in Independent Curators International’s Intensive on time-based media.
Beth has been a guest lecturer and curator at the University of Georgia, Atlanta Contemporary, Georgia State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Perimeter College, Southern Polytechnic, and The Westminster Schools. Beth has been an expert panelist on innovation, curation, land use, public art, art education and community development for the Alliance for Artist Communities, Georgia Institute of Technology, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta Regional Commission, Urban Land Institute, Ford Motor Company Fund, Elsewhere, Commercial Real Estate Women, WonderRoot, C4 Atlanta, and others. She recently did a TEDx Talk at TEDxPeachtree.
With specialization in experiential education and public programming, in 2011, Beth spearheaded the Teen Program at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. While there, she supported the program's expansion into all areas of the Woodruff Art Center (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and engaged tens of thousands of teens with the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Beth was also responsible for conceiving and producing the wildly popular Teen Nights and College Nights, welcoming tens of thousands of young people to the Museum.
Beth’s short films have screened in Atlanta and New York, and her visual art has been presented throughout the South. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in international publications including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, and The Skinny. Beth DJ's as Neon Hiss with her friend Courtney Hammond. Ok, this only happened once, but it was really good.
She holds a Masters of Letters from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Hannah Leathers is an artist and arts administrator from Atlanta, Georgia, currently residing in Denver, Colorado. She has been working behind the scenes for Dashboard since April 2017 as the Communications Manager; and was recently promoted as the full-time Director of Special Projects for Dash.
From 2015 to 2017, Hannah worked for the City of Atlanta’s Public Art Program. She spearheaded projects such as the Mural Bike Rack Program, which received awards from the Mayor of Atlanta and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. She was also a project leader for Elevate Atlanta, a 7-day public art and performance celebration in Downtown Atlanta; Journey to Freedom, a mural project featuring women from the Civil Rights Movement, and several other large-scale public art projects.
Hannah holds a BFA in Studio Art/Art Education, and a Master’s in Art Education from the University of Georgia. She has a special interest in research surrounding public art, and the intersection between art and social justice. She is also a working artist, creating drawings and paintings that explore stream of consciousness and social justice themes. Hannah continues to use her background in education by teaching when she can; most recently, she was selected by Platte Forum as a Lead Artist to teach 16 high-schoolers a weekly drawing and gender/social justice class.
Hannah’s drawings and paintings have been shown in Atlanta and Denver, and have appeared in publications including British GQ, Huffington Post, and in Casper Mattress marketing campaigns. She has sat on selection panels for the Atlanta Art on the Beltline; and has consulted/volunteered for several organizations such as Crush Walls, Platte Forum, and LKMNDD Productions.
In her spare time, Hannah is a pro-elite ultimate frisbee athlete, and an activist/leader for gender equity within the sport.
email@example.com / @hannahleathers_studio
Courtney Hammond is a founding partner and the Creative Director of Dashboard U.S., a curatorial venture and artistic agency that encourages risk-taking and immersive practice for artists while offering unparalleled creative experiences to the public. Dashboard has been praised for its revitalization efforts and curatorial vision by Hyperallergic, Marie Claire, WABE, Business Insider, and HGTV; presenting award-winning exhibitions in cities around the nation including Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Detroit, Kansas City, Orlando, and more. Dashboard has been a springboard for the careers of 150 artists.
With an expertise in large-scale project development, communication, contemporary Public Art, and multi-partner project funding, Courtney has spearheaded the development of multiple non-traditional public art events, projects, and programs across the nation. She consults with businesses of all scales looking to gain a creative edge in their market and has worked with notable international brands such as Puma, Ford, Havas Global, North American Partners, and Bai to develop unique arts driven marketing platforms.
Courtney has consulted on various multi-city public art initiatives to position arts as an economic driver and communications tool. In 2010, as a consultant, she developed "Elevate" for the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, the annual 7-day public art and performance celebration in Downtown Atlanta. Courtney also directed the award-winning creative placemaking project, South Broad Murals (2012), now, home to an internationally recognized, artist-driven creative district. In 2014 Courtney directed the design, vision, and mission of for the Atlanta municipal, Gallery 72 (2014), winning two “best-of” awards in the first year.
Working with some of the world's most progressive and impactful artists in the contemporary field; including Radcliffe Bailey (US), Joanie Lemercier (FR), Alex Brewer (US), Tilt (FR), Carlos Eguiguren (ES), Fahamu Pecou (US), Randy Walker (US), Jason Peters (NY), Venske & Spänle (DE) and Yvonne Domenge (MX), Courtney's projects have received funding and awards by notable organizations such as the Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Public Art Network, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Institute of Architects, The National Arts Marketing Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Courtney is an alum of the LEAD Atlanta Program (2015), a former Creative Loafing person to watch (2015), the artistic advisor for Buckhead Lifestyle Path, AIA Atlanta Bridgescape and former artist in residence at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden Scotland. Her multi-layered projects are as loud as projects get and you'll often find her asking how to either make something (safely) explode or disappear into thin air - for effect. She currently works out of Atlanta, overuses the word bodacious, and continues to present work in various cities across the US.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Oshun Layne was born and reared in Brooklyn, NYC with a passion for visual arts and its ability to communicate a sense of inclusiveness across cultures, genders, and generations. Over the last decade, she has developed and nurtured an extensive career in arts leadership that includes institutional, gallery, and non-profit project management experiences. Through arts education, programming, artist development, strategic partnerships, and mentorship, she has been successful in bringing multicultural and multidisciplinary art forms to diverse populations. Most recently, she has carved out her curatorial imprint in museums and galleries regionally, working with scores of local and international artists.
Graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Oshun’s educational and professional journey lead to her becoming the Director of Galleries for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. In this role, she increased regional audience participation and engagement by supervision of exhibitions and programming in multiple venues such as Rush Arts Gallery in NYC, Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn and Rush Arts Philly in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to Rush, she coordinated arts education programs where she oversaw the administration of educational volunteers, docents and interns for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Her curatorial and arts administration experience has given her the opportunity to work and partner with numerous institutions, which include the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), Scope Art Fair, Wassaic Project, Prizm Art Fair, The Barnes Foundation and African American Museum of Philadelphia, to name a few. In 2016, she was selected by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc. as a Professional Award Honoree. In the same year, Oshun further honed her professional leadership and development when she was chosen to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy.
Oshun is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management at Hunter College. Merging cultural studies, art, and policy, she seeks to create innovative pathways to bridge gaps between urban communities and private interests with a focus on arts awareness, cultural competency, and community partnerships.
When Oshun isn’t spending time advocating for the arts, you can find her at the local comic book store, enjoying time with friends and family, or traveling.