Plange's mah jong sofa featured a variety of themes, butterflies, peacocks, patterns and geometric shapes. In addition, Roche Bobois, which is located on Buckhead Avenue, had a "Pop Up Shop" of fashions and accessories designed by Plange that again showcased a modern interpretation of ancient African design traditions, including a painted version of the kente cloth, surreal animal poppet collages and pastel Ashanti dolls.
The proceeds from this event, which took place at Ponce City Market, will fund additional programs, says Mary-Kate Starkey, director of development. The program essentially is a six-week summer school that helps students maintain their grade level functionality or brings them up to grade level in time for the start of a new school year. In addition, the program teaches the children to swim and takes them off-site for educational field trips.
"Once a child is accepted into our program, we work with them for the entire nine years of their education from kindergarten through eighth grade. We're committed to that child, and frankly, the entire family," she says. Horizons Atlanta has served over 500 students across eight program sites. The eventual goals is 12 programs that will serve more than 2,000 metro Atlanta students.