Emily M.Getsay, Founder of Artists Call to Action is a conceptual artist, curator, activist, art administrator and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. They are currently the Chair of the National Women’s Caucus for Art LGBTQIA+ Committee, President of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia, Apprentice in residence of MASS Collective, and Intern of the Atlanta Contemporary. As an activist in their hometown community of Atlanta Georgia, M. address the many social and political issues that arise living as a queer, non-binary person, in the south. Their work opposes systematic and cultural barriers such as stigma towards people living with HIV/AIDS, Sexual Harassment, Human Trafficking, Gender Identity, and coping with mental illnesses. Through their work, they explore the liminal space between perception and actual reality and create work that translates those ideas to others. As humans we are always accepting new information and trying to comprehend how we can apply it to our lives, all the while moving through time and space. M. tries to bring those ideas and knowledge to the surface so that it becomes transferable across cultures and society.
Alex Sullivan, Founder of Artists Call to Action, is a poet, facilitator, activist, and educator who recently moved to Chicago, IL. They are currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Convergence, an associate editor for Quaranzine: Art in Isolation, and freelance copyeditor. As a mixed agender human being who has been recently transplanted, Alex’s work is often reflective of how the self is presented in the digital world and how current socio-political events can distort that presentation. Their work is focused on the black queer experience and every aspect of it, frequently tying in themes of womanism, body positivity and empowerment, examination of power structures in the United States, mental illness and the topic of mental health in the black community and the experience of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora as the communities have spread out all over the world. Through their work, they explore the tension between the colonised and indigenous self, and how the community can make or break one’s social identity. Having grown up on the fringes of their own communities, Alex often brings a sense of the alien and otherworldliness to their work, utilizing outer space as a constant muse. Ultimately, they attempt to bring their world and view to others by grounding them in human constants like larger-than-life abstract facts.
Shelby, Co-founder of Artists Call to Action, is a longtime activist who was first energized by assisting in the organization of a Westboro Baptist Church counter protest in high school. She has since worked as a canvas director and fundraiser for national and local organizations, such as HRC, Environment California, CALPIRG, and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Most recently, she has fundraised with United Nations High Counsel for Refugees, and is active in community pursuits in Atlanta. As an artist, she has found her voice mostly in sculpture but reaches into other mediums as well, including cosplay, dance, and theatre. She enjoys dinosaur documentaries, being a part the LDOD Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, and hanging out with her 3 cats.
LUNA, Co-founder of Artists Call to Action, is a writer, illustrator, and quintessential Sagittarius, who is a proud member of the queer black feminist nerd party. She is currently pursuing her Journalism degree at Georgia State University. She started her journey in social change when she was invited to a Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2016. She has done work with Slutwalk ATL, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, and Southern Friend Queer Pride.