We had the good fortune of connecting with Claudia Hart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claudia, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Atl Street Art Tours is a mural tour company that places emphasis on community. While on a tour, patrons will be able to view murals that are painted by various artists who are native to Atlanta as well as others who are not, learn about the artists, and understand the historical context of the communities and places in which the murals are found. Atl Street Art Tours is more than just an experience; it is an experience that keeps giving. A portion of the profit from the tours is pushed back into the community to help in the form of scholarships, community beautification, non-profit donations and the like.
Additionally, Atl Street Art Tours is founded upon the goal of having a social impact on the community and the world at large. We desire to create shared experiences for our patrons where they become more open and tolerant to one another. Our hope is that they are able to view social issues with a different lens after they see a mural, hear the commentary of the tour guide, or hear fellow patrons talk about their perspective of a particular social issue. We believe that social change starts when we understand that we are more fundamentally alike than different.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Atl Street Art Tours is a mural tour business that focuses on creating shared experiences for its patrons. Through the tours, we want people to start thinking about what it means to understand, be tolerant, and be accepting of people who may not look like them because ultimately we are more fundamentally alike than different. While on a tour, certain murals can be associated with commentary that centers on social issues of the past, present, and possibly the future. It is our desire that the commentary sparks further conversation among the patrons or among their friends and families when the patron goes home.
The aforementioned is what makes my business different from others and it is what I am most proud of. I love the fact that I am able to incorporate my passion for changing the world one person at a time into a business that I love. Seeing the murals is definitely a cool experience, and I love the fact that people get to get outside and exercise.
I have 3 phases of my business plan, and I’m currently on phase 1, the walking tours to the public. It has not been easy trying to get this business going as marketing has been quite difficult. Nevertheless, I know that it will thrive in the future. I know that what I’m attempting to give people is something that is important. I also know that getting past the marketing difficulties in phase 1 will only make phases 2 and 3 easier.
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.
If I had a friend coming to the area, I would definitely take them on one of my tours; that’s a given. In addition, I would take them to the MINT which is an art gallery that’s housed at the MET Atlanta. Slim and Husky’s is one of my fave pizza spots, so going there is a must. The belt line is another area that we would visit, especially the portion where Krog Street Tunnel is located. The tunnel makes for great pics and if we’re feeling fancy, we could actually try our hand at spray painting. Since I’ve been into a lot of creative activities lately, a stop at the Splatter Studio would be cool too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We are nothing without those who support us. My family and friends have played a huge role in getting me to see that starting Atl Street Art Tours was possible; however, there has been two people who have cheered me on endlessly: SGT Alexija Hunt and COL Julian Nierva. They have given me tons of advice, some that I took and some that I did not, but it never kept them from wanting to help and speak encouraging words into my life. They make me believe that I can do anything and really be successful at it. Their support spurred me on even when I doubted I could start the business. I’m so very grateful to know both of them.
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