When is a coloring book not just a coloring book? When it’s a community art project as well. Color ATL has brought together more than 40 Atlanta artists to create the second volume of its book.
Color ATL Vol. 2 features the work of Atlanta artists like Fahamu Pecou, Lela Brunet, Hense, Fabian Williams, Tiny Doors ATL and many more. The work is rendered in outline and black and white, ready to be colored in.
In addition to putting artist’s work into people’s hands, Color ATL has also established a one-to-one giving program, where for each book purchased, one will be donated to people in health facilities and marginalized communities throughout the city through organizations like the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Summit Counseling and PaintLove.
“The beauty about Color ATL is it can speak to people in any number of situations,” co-founder William Massey told Atlanta PlanIt’s partner news site WABE’s City Lights host Lois Reitzes. “Wherever people are enduring hardship, we can help. It’s such a versatile form of creative release that it can go anywhere and help anyone.”
Asked why he thinks adult coloring books have grown in popularity lately, Massey points to the primal urge to create.
“There’s something good about moving and creating,” he says, “and I think it takes away from our joy when we forget that. So I think coloring is coming back because people realize that joy is an important part of life. When we’re kids creating, coloring, goofing off, we are living pretty fully. And we need to hold on to that as long as we can throughout life.”