Grammy award winning musician and community leader to open art space in West End this summer.
Atlantans in search of a place to enjoy experimental and non-commercial art, music and poetry will have a spot to go to beginning this summer.
Kebbi Williams is beginning work on an art gallery concept at 986 Ralph D Abernathy Boulevard, in the West End.
The space is 1,300 square feet, according to a commercial alteration permit filed with City of Atlanta.
Williams is the man behind the nonprofit organization Music In The Park, an operation that uplifts and highlights exceptionally musically talented youths and allows them to play music alongside internationally acclaimed artists. Williams began the organization in 2010 and has since served 5100 students and engaged over 300 professional musicians.
Williams himself is a Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger, and teacher who is known for being one of today’s leading improvisers on tenor saxophone. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Jazz and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University.
In a phone conversation with What Now Atlanta Thursday, Williams said that he is opening the gallery because he sees a need in Atlanta to create a place where people can enjoy not only visual art, but poetry, music and other forms of art that may be more avant-garde and non-commercial. A place where people can experience music that isn’t necessarily pop or top rap hits.
He believes that the whole city needs more places like this, but has chosen to open the gallery in West End because he is familiar with the neighborhood.
The gallery space will open this summer.
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