This summer has been a flurry of activity as My Athens approaches our third anniversary of creatively celebrating the city we call home.
Yesterday, we began bringing on new team members for the fall, and talking with them about all the things we’re working to accomplish has us reflecting on who we’ve been and where we’re going.
Since January 2013, we have been working to unite and celebrate the people and features of this city and the love we all share for it. It started with a gallery show, showcasing images from dozens of local photographers, and has grown to encompass events like fashion shows, our blog, merch and the community we’ve built of nearly 15,000 Instagram followers and counting.
If you’re interested, you can read more about our values and mission here.
We look to give back to the city, both by building community and by supporting the important work of our nonprofit friends. In just two and half years, we’ve contributed $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity and Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. It feels great to love on our city this way, plus it gives us an excuse to make our friends pose with enormous novelty checks.
To everyone who has been a part of what we’ve done these last few years, this is what you’ve helped us create. Whether you’ve styled hair for our models at fashion shows, hashtagged your photos with #my_athens, bought a t-shirt or simply been a member of our audience — you’re supporting not only a storytelling platform that gives everyday Athenians a chance to celebrate their Athens but also a social enterprise that seeks to unify and lift up our neighbors.
We have so much in store for the fall that we can’t wait to share, including an October event that we can barely hold our tongues about. We’ll be formally announcing that on Monday. You’ll also be seeing us popping up — literally — around town this fall, hitting the streets to meet members of our community and shower some of our favorite local businesses with some love.
Meanwhile, we want to thank you, Athens, for helping us flourish these last three years and enabling us to keep telling stories, create experiences and love on this city. We’re so glad to be yours.
(And if you see our new executive director Rachel Bailey around town, say hi and tell her what you’d like to see from the organization!)