Dance a silent dance: Living Walls fundraiser

A lover of the arts, and a creative program director for the non-profit Living Walls, Laura Calle, age 26, died unexpectedly last November of complications from kidney disease.

In her memory her brother Juan Calle and his friends have organized a "Silent Disco" fund-raiser Saturday, June 11, at the Westside Cultural Arts Center, with the proceeds going to Living Walls.

At the “Silent Disco” three different DJs will be playing music simultaneously, and dancers wearing wireless headphones will be able to choose between tropical, house and trance music. Visittors can also shop at the silent auction featuring art from Living Walls artists and other experiences.

According to the Living Walls website, “Laura Patricia Calle was an active member of the Atlanta community who promoted arts and culture and demonstrated that passion in her life every day. Through her passion, Laura sought to connect community and art while making the City of Atlanta a better place to live for all of its citizens. Laura was strongly committed to social justice, and she fought for equality and dignity for all people.”

Originally from Colombia, Calle attended high school in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University.

The proceeds from the fund-raiser will go to support Living Walls art projects in Atlanta, including grants to local artists for art that celebrates the qualities that Calle admired.

Living Walls has sponsored dozens of street artists, commissioning murals throughout intown neighborhoods. It hosts an annual street art festival and conference called Living Walls: The City Speaks.

Information about applying for the grant can be found here, at the Living Walls website.

The event takes place 9 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are available at Visit TQM ATL on Facebook for more information. VIP tickets are $80, and include entry, viewing of the silent art auction pieces, an open bar, and wireless headphones for the silent disco. General admission tickets are free, with a suggested minimum donation of $20.

The Westside Cultural Arts Center is at 760 10th Street, NW, Atlanta, and can be reached at 678-218-3740, or at its website here.