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Typical American Families (ATLANTA) - New Featured Family every Monday and Thursday

We finally finished one of the hardest decision making processes in the life of Typical American Families to date. 15 Atlanta families from over 200 submissions have been chosen to receive a FREE PHOTO SESSION with celebrated international photographer Ross Oscar Knight.

These photo sessions will occur over the next two months and will culminate in a photography exhibit and a facilitated dialogue where each of the families will see their photos and meet the other chosen families for the first time. This event and the unveiling of the exhibit will take place at the Emory University Center for Ethics in the Spring.

Typical American Families (ATLANTA) was a winner of the 2014 One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge Grant. The project is a component of the Ethics & the Arts Program and is a signature project of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE, a grassroots movement created by Ethics & the Arts Program Director Carlton Mackey that seeks to celebrate the beauty found in every human being.

Leading up to the exhibit, Typical American Families will share some of the stories and photos of the Atlanta area families who submitted. These heartfelt, emotional, funny, and inspiring stories represent a beautiful spectrum of the diverse ways of 'being a family'. Crossing barriers of race, religion, ability, class, sexuality, and age this project seeks to celebrate the many manifestations family and to challenge some of the limited ways we've thought about it.

Join us every Monday and Thursday on our website and social media platforms where a new amazing family from those who submitted will be featured.



The Center for Ethics is Looking for Typical Atlanta Families

December 1, 2014

Emory University Center for Ethics

For Immediate Release
Co-Directors of Beautiful in Every Shade, Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight, are the winners of One Region Atlanta’s Ideas Challenge grant for 2014-2015.

Out of nearly 200 Ideas Challenge submissions, the two were awarded for their idea to utilize the platform to bridge faith and culture in the city of Atlanta.

This created a joint partnership between Beautiful in Every Shade, the campaign under which Typical American Families is housed and Emory University’s Ethics & the Arts program.

Up to 15 Atlanta families will be chosen for a free family portrait session with celebrated photographer Ross Oscar Knight.  Families will receive a free copy of their photo and images will be displayed in a Traveling Photo Exhibit.  Participating families will be brought together at an unveiling ceremony and exhibit at the Center for Ethics where they will share a multi-cultural meal and engage in community dialogue.

If you would like the opportunity to have your “typical” American family photographed and your story featured, please share your story and apply at . Deadline for submissions is December 12, 2014.

To view Ethics and the Arts current programming, please visit

For more information about One Region Atlanta, please visit:

To learn more about Beautiful in Every Shade, please visit:

1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta Georgia 30322    |     404.712.8307     |

Tanya Anderson Woodward

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emory University Center for Ethics

1531 Dickey Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30322



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