Embrace the Mess chronicles the messy, challenging, and rewarding reality of Teaching Artists in Atlanta Public Schools.
re:imagine/ATL Teaching Artists Gavin Bernard and Paras Chaudhari navigate challenging circumstances and search for solutions along-side resilient and creative Atlanta Public High School students.
Our hosts apply their experience in storytelling, design, film-making, and theater to guide students through the storytelling process. What begins with conversations about financial literacy, results in an original song and music video that addresses how we value ourselves as artists and premiered at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.
The podcast takes listeners into the classroom as the students and educators grow, struggle, and create together. The real, uncensored conversations exist to be an inspiration for other youth-serving educators to share stories of their own work.
Gavin Bernard has worked with re:imagine/ATL as a volunteer since 2014, and recently has joined the staff to teach as a Producer to teach students about podcast production. Outside of his time with students, he is a designer, large-scale installation artist and dancer. British by birth, he has called Atlanta home for 19 years, where he has worked in many different creative industries. He is the co-founder of the interior design firm Grafite, and Wake Up Dear Studio. He has designed and installed the art experience for WonderFarm, created performance works for WonderRoot’s Dance Chance and performed for The Lucky Penny.
Paras Chaudhari has been on staff as Producer for re:imagine/ATL since 2017. With a degree in Information Management & Technology from Syracuse University, he started his career in NYC as a Producer for ad agencies, managing projects for Mastercard Worldwide, Priceless, NYU, and more before translating that experience into media production. His narrative and documentary work has screened in US and international festivals and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News, Travel & Leisure, and more. His commercial clients include Barrymore Wines, Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty, ZICO, Midori, Old Navy, and more.