City officials and arts representatives gathered for a first-of-its-kind breakfast April 16 to discuss ways to work together and to bring more art to Dunwoody.

“Communities are better with art,” Mayor Mike Davis said. “We all win as a result of this collaboration.”

The inaugural Arts in Dunwoody Breakfast was presented by the Arts in Dunwoody Initiative, a group dedicated to connecting artists, art organizations, non-profits, and businesses in creative industries.

Karen Paty, the Executive Director of Georgia Council for the Arts, spoke about the importance of art within the community. A roundtable session followed the presentation and participants discussed opportunities for partnership, collaboration and advancement of public art in Dunwoody.

“We in Dunwoody are blessed with amazing arts organizations,” Davis said. “We have so many citizens involved in so many different kinds of art endeavors.”

But, he said, “most of these individuals and groups had never met.” So he proposed the breakfast to bring together people and organizations working to bring art to Dunwoody.

Mike Davis and Karen Paty

For more information about the Arts in Dunwoody initiative, see the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody’s website at

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.