Art, Food, and Southern Hospitality: Life in Atlanta for Twentysomethings


It’s home to Outkast, some of the real housewives, and Coca-Cola. But did you realize that Atlanta, Georgia also has a booming art scene? If you’re a recent graduate with a passion for public art, this might be the city for you. Here’s what you need to know about living in Atlanta as a twentysomething.

Katie Lebel

Katie Lebel

Recent Graduate: Katie Lebel

College/Major/Graduation Date: University of Redlands / Studio Art – Photography / 2012

Current Gig: Freelance Visual Artist / Food CSA

What brought you to Atlanta?

I moved to Atlanta to help a large scale mural artist, Molly Rose Freeman, install her art show at the Beep Beep Gallery and ended up staying.

Mural After Bike Ride

What are the pros of living in Atlanta?

There is a lot of public art. The food is delicious. You get that Southern hospitality. There are a lot of trees and urban farming etc.

What are the cons of living in Atlanta?

There is very little public transportation and the city is not very bike-friendly. 🙁

Katie Lebel and Biking Peace

What should recent graduates know about living in Atlanta?

It’s generally pretty laid-back and colorful. There are a lot of creative opportunities as well as a rich history. It’s a great city for urban farming and you’re really close to the mountains!



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