JUNIOR LAYLA FELDER FEATURED IN MAY'S ATLANTA MAGAZINE!
The May edition of Atlanta Magazine has an article on Atlanta's rising creative class gaining recognition on the national scene. Amongst them is collector, artist and advocate - our very own Layla Felder '22!
A junior at the Atlanta International School, Felder discovered a love of opera at age two via Sesame Street and, in the second grade, started a club, Kids Opera & Art Posse, which still encourages younger audiences to engage with the arts. An actress herself, she’s appeared in locally made short films, has a recurring role on the Golden Globe–nominated TV series The Sinner, and has interned at the Metropolitan Opera and with Atlanta artist Fabian Williams. She also has a pretty serious art collection with works by Wini McQueen, Grace Kisa, and Fahamu Pecou.
For a long time, people have viewed opera houses, concert halls, and museums as very elitist places where, if you’re not of a certain economic demographic or racial demographic or certain age demographic, you’re not welcome. But really, it is for anyone. It’s not intimidating inherently. I know I’ve been to a couple of opera houses where I sit down next to someone and they look at me like a baby on a plane.
Be more welcoming—now more than ever—to all demographics. I just want the Atlanta art scene to put more energy towards that. What I do love about Atlanta is it’s really intimate here. It’s really easy to meet the people behind the music and the people behind the art. For instance, I go to a lot of lectures at the High or Spelman, and it’s really easy to get a front-row seat. And after the talk, the artists are just hanging around, and it’s really easy to go and talk to them. In New York or Los Angeles, there would be handlers or they would be rushed out right after the lecture’s over.