We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy P. McIntosh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to do something about the things I cared most about: community, family, education, and the arts. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to become an artist. That dream led me to many places. During a season where the arts were being defunded in the public schools in my community, I immediately jumped on an opportunity to save the arts in the public schools. I realized from working with the public schools that there were many more challenges students and teachers were facing that the arts could solve. I believe creativity is fundamental to navigating life challenges, it’s therapeutic, and something transformative happens when you engage in the creative process.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think my faith sets me apart from any other arts organization out there. I really can’t separate the two (Creativity and Faith) without connecting everything to the creator. I think the more I connect creativity to my faith, it provides opportunities for me to just be me, no boundaries, and connect more to my purpose and what I feel I’ve been called to do in life. I’ve been able to achieve success and get to where I am today because of my belief in something bigger than myself, the mystery of the unknown. It keeps me exploring, desiring, building, and wanting more. I’ve always challenged myself to accomplish something that I didn’t think was possible in my mind. I’ve always observed and listened with the anticipation of solving problems for others. Because of this, I’ve been able to provide many solutions, which helped me professionally. After working in Corporate America for 15 years, I transitioned into full time entrepreneurship, and have applied everything I’ve learned to those that need it most. It hasn’t been a smooth ride because it’s easier to just do or adapt to what everyone else is doing, but I’ve been pretty consistent with following my own path and laying the groundwork for my businesses. I believe a strong foundation is needed in business and your personal life to take on everyday challenges. I have been able to overcome challenges because of the investment spent ahead of time laying the foundation. I’ve learned that everything in life is a journey. You should dream big and celebrate small victories along the way. Document everything so you never forget where you came from. I want the world to know that you are who you are because it’s who you were created to be. Don’t forget it. I believe I’ve been created to help others discover who they are and who they were meant to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d definitely go straight to Peachtree Blvd, stop at 5 Church for brunch. The vibe is amazing there! We’d do a coffee run at Cafe Intermezzo before heading to the Beltline. Shopping would take place in Atlantic Station, and we would catch a movie and hang out while there.
We’d catch a game and hang out at the Battery on a day, which would be a full day considering all of the great shops and pre-events that take place before the baseball game, plus my husband dances for the Braves, so we would catch his show.
We would do a night recap at Eight Sushi Lounge and hop on a Party Bike to explore the city.
I would plan a day to tour the Gathering Spot because I am a member and it’s a dope space for black business owners. I would look for opportunities to serve the community at City Takers, an inner city urban outreach program.
We’d take the kids to the Aquarium or Six Flags. Grab ramen from Wa-Ga-Ya. YUMMM! And hang out at Piedmont Park. And definitely spend Sunday at Crossover Church ATL.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Adonica Bailey of Cobb Horizon High School. Ms. Bailey has always been a believer in her students’ growth and our ability to help them succeed.
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