The idea for the development of Social Arts Atlanta came from the observation by founder Carolyn Stine McLaughlin that families need support in teaching kids manners. She also believes that manners are not a scary, over-the-top set of rules that are meant to trip you up but are a simple way to treat people with honesty, courtesy and respect which make life a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.
support families in teaching manners
Ms. McLaughlin has performed professionally with Kolors Dance, Ondine and Company, Beacon Dance and Disney (where she played Mary Poppins). She has taught and created dance programs for the YWCA, Georgia State University and the Fulton County Arts Council. Ms. McLaughlin spent 13 years as the Associate Director of Good Moves, acting in both administrative and artistic roles.Ms. McLaughlin is a native of Atlanta and an involved in-town resident. In addition to her business experience, she has instructed children and adults for more than 20 years. She danced during her high school years for Southern Ballet of Atlanta and then attended Virginia Intermont College where she apprenticed with the Bristol Ballet and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Ballet with a teaching emphasis. She worked in management for both Federated Department Stores (Rich’s) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Ms. McLaughlin works as an arts project manager, choreographer and teacher. The majority of her project work was for the Atlanta Preservation Center where she has managed four City-wide festivals of the historic built environment. Under her management, The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites, grew to include nearly 100 sites and 250 free events. She received the Jenny Thurston Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission for her accomplishments with this program. With the Atlanta Preservation Center, she also developed the Drawing Room Gallery and served as gallerist and curator for multiple exhibits.
In 2011, she began the development of Movement Arts Atlanta, the sister company of Social Arts Atlanta. This included a program of ballet classes called Ballet Above the Bar, private coaching, guest teaching and lectures at Atlanta area dance schools.
Ms. McLaughlin is active in the community. She serves on the board of directors for Full Radius Dance. Additionally, she directs the Inman Park Dance Festival, a free two-day festival of classical and modern concert dance that is part of The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes.