The Top Talent Achievement Award Honors Outstanding Achievements of Leaders in the Arts ... recognizing that artists, when given the opportunity, can create real paths for change.


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Top Talent Live Achievement
Literature Award

Destiny Henderson

Since I was a child, I have loved books and reading them. I went to the library as often as I could and dreamed of writing my own stories someday. I had written short stories here and there just as a hobby. A few years ago, when a family friend encouraged me to publish a story, I decided to write a full story. 

Also, I wholeheartedly agree with a quote from Toni Morrison: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” I wanted a story with a young home-schooled black girl, with quirky situations, and a story with fun characters, so I had to write it.

I currently lend my graphic design abilities and my time to Cultural Arts Coalition’s east side programs. I’m happy to help in whatever capacity whether waitressing for a forum about community gardens on the east side, providing visuals for guest speakers, or promoting STEM activities for east side children. In the future, I hope to promote creativity for middle and high school students. I will focus on writing and drawing, and providing those opportunities for free in my community.

Top Talent Live Achievement
Literature Award
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Miles Mallory

My name is Miles Mallory and I live in Stone Mountain, Georgia. I am 15 years old and a student at DeKalb School of the Arts. I have always loved drawing. Even as a little boy I was really fascinated by the shapes that formed the features of cartoon characters. One day I began drawing sketches of a few favorite characters and I haven’t stopped since.

Some of my most recent works include a painting titled “The Weeping Mother Nature”, a logo for my dad's Disc Jockey business, a design for our 2019 family reunion t-shirts, a logo for my mom's early learning center, and logos for my music and music beats creations. Last but not least, I have created designs and logos for my upcoming apparel line that I will launch one day.


Giving back to my community is in sight for me. I believe I can do this now and in the future by volunteering to work with younger kids that are interested in drawing, digital design, and the arts.

Top Talent Live Achievement
Art Award
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Micah Mallory

My name is Micah Mallory and I am 13 years old. I live in Stone Mountain, Georgia where I attend DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts. Thanksgiving In Small Town USA is the title of my recent documentary, which gives the audience an inside look and feel of a small town Thanksgiving celebration. Viewers take a journey to experience the warmth, care and love for family during this intimate holiday gathering. Since creating the musical background for this documentary, I was inspired to create seven new musical beats to incorporate in future projects.


I would like for my music and video creations to positively impact the lives of young people and inspire them to pursue their dreams regardless of their age.  I want them to know that you don’t have to wait to become an adult before you encounter success. You can start working towards your dream career now.

Top Talent Live Achievement
Film Documentary & Music Award
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The Top Talent Achievement Award recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations, or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts.