HISTORY

glo was founded by artist Lauri Stallings in 2009. glo emerged out of an educational initiative launched by Stallings to investigate choreography as a tool for bridge building, spirituality, and restoration, as they manifest in harmony to a place and its people. With a ground-breaking performance platform at its core, and ongoing initiatives like The Traveling Show, Tanz Farm, and people SHOPS, glo affects the overall ecology of arts and culture in the American South by promoting female artists; offering free artistic programming; providing a platform for radical, socially relevant experimental art making; and creating temporary hubs for minorities and the poor in remote areas. Blurring the distinction between bodily and spiritual health, or between art and social engagement- we aim to convene local residents and bordering communities who view making space with their bodies as integral to their life. The glo board, nimble staff, moving artists, collaborators, community organizers, and volunteer GUILD contribute deeply to every aspect of our not-for-profit organization. We  an average of 80 live art activations, interventions and engagements each year in metro-Atlanta, and the American South. In 2019, glo made our European debut, at the Florence Biennale’. The platform’s artistic and public initiatives have drawn a multi-generational audience, and highlights artists representing a remarkable consortium of movement, music, film, hip hop, agriculture, fashion, sculpture, choreography, city design, and lighting. Joy is a form of power in our work. A decade into our mission, glo continues to mix forms that defy the boundaries of genre. We are inspired to be part of a network of sister collaborators that work hard to extend the social sculpture of glo in Atlanta, the South and beyond. 

glo currently make all our work at the Goat Farm Arts Center, a 120-year old historic site in Westside Atlanta.