ATLANTA, Georgia — For the second year in a row ChooseATL kicked off the 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference with the ‘Welcome To Atlanta’ Reception at Loudermilk Center’s Toyota Ballroom. Hundreds of music lovers, tastemakers, social activists, startups and artists joined together for a night of music, celebration and fun. As the doors opened, guests were greeted with true southern cuisine, delicious Martell cocktails and a full open bar.
Rohit Malhotra (Center for Civic Innovation, Director) and Matt Weiss (A3C Production Director) took to the stage to stress the importance of voter registration and civic participation. They acknowledged the finalists for their A3C Action Pitch Competition who will pitch on Friday, Oct 6th at 7:00PM for $10,000 at A3C’s Action Summit.
Following, the night’s special guests Angela Rye and Kevin “Coach K” Lee, were honored with the Social Impact Award and the Cultural Icon Award, respectively. Angela who was the first recipient of the night, is an outspoken activist who lends her voice of hope and change to top media outlets such as CNN pushing the message of equal rights. In true Angela Rye fashion she left the hip hop community with a call to action to further pursue ownership of the culture.
Fadia Kader (Instagram) gave a beautiful speech on Coach K and shared some personal stories illuminating Coach K’s long history of supporting the Atlanta’s indie hip-hop scene and what it means to be a trailblazer in Hip-Hop. He is currently the president of Quality Control record label and manager of Migos and Lil Yachty, to name a few.
The night was capped off with a special moment, when FRKO and Eastside Chris took to the stage to present Grip : mother with a custom piece of art and let her know how much her son meant to Atlanta. Grip Plyaz was a local hip-hop legend who supported A3C every year, but tragically lost a 2 year battle with cancer, recently.
Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Keisha Lance-Bottoms were in attendance to give a warm welcome and show their support for the event that has thrived in ATL for over a decade. “There is no better way to start the 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference. Gathering friends, activists and entrepreneurs to honor and acknowledge some people we really respect and admire. It was a special night and we look forward to a great week”, Mike Walbert stated.