We had the good fortune of connecting with Arelious Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arelious, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to incorporate art with my sports background because I found a lot of “inner city” courts to be intimidating places for females and younger athletes to play. Being able to reimagine the space with design and color sends a cognitive message of safety and tranquility to all players.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our true work is transforming and branding communities. There’s other people who paint pretty pictures on courts but we make it our duty to connect with the community and design around the community’s history and current state. We choose colors that promote peace and fun as well. I’m most proud about our partnerships with other organizations in the community. Those relationships allow us to serve more and put more resources into neighborhoods. The biggest thing that we want the world to know is that everyone deserves art. It’s not just for “rich” neighborhoods. We hope to bring access to museum quality art to even more communities in 2022.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite landmarks in the city are our courts but I love Southwest Atlanta! From the Wrens nest I’m the West end to Best end brewing and the Overlook at the west side beltline through East Point (shoutout to Kupcakerie) and College Park: I love the Southside! Honestly anyone who knows me will get the southside tour. Ihklas sassy wings are life!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shout out my extended family from Plywood Place and See Beautiful. No matter if it’s an introduction, training, resources, lunch or just friends I know I always have support from the people in the Plywood community and I’m grateful for them.

Website: artinthepaint.org

Instagram: planpaintplay

Image Credits
Christian Garcia

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