"Our Mission is to create Comic Books, Animations, Mobile and Game Applications. Serve the community through creative art projects. Promote Artistic Integrity and Arts education, creating standards of artistic excellence. Mentoring students from grades 3-12 on leadership & teamwork towards a professional career in the arts."
amario | bio
For over 25 Years Amario has been at the forefront of art starting out in 1981 with his award winning citywide display of the “Brooklyn Bridge” on PBS WNEW-NYC to his winning of the Marvel Entertainment Award of the same year. While in NYC Amario created set designs and social campaigns for school projects while attending the prestigious Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented.
Amario’s collegiate art studies began at NYC Technical College of Art. Employment at Marvel Comics Group followed where Amario interned & was promoted to Editorial Assistant under the instruction of Editor in Chief Jim Shooter creator of Marvel's "Secret Wars". Amario worked on titles such as X-Men, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Transformer’s, GI Joe and more! Amario is featured in Marvel Age No 47 in an article called “Incredible interns”.
Amario continued his tenure in Atlanta & continued his studies at the Art Institute of Atlanta achieving Magna Cum Laude and working on one of the first ever 2-D animations on Christian Television Broadcast Changing Your World. Amario was hired as a coordinator at World Changers Church International working as a graphics team leader and set creator for the children’s and young adult ministry serving nearly 3,000 youth per week. Amario also worked as a webmaster for Fulton County Schools after launching several successful advertising campaigns there.
academy | bio
In 2005 Amario co-founded Amario’s Art Academy for the Gifted & Talented to raise the level of artistic literacy and proficiency of young Metro Atlanta artist. This move galvanized the need for comic & animation classes for homeschoolers, after/out of school students to be challenged on learning the basic principles of comic art at a high level of proficiency.
Since its inception the Academy has made a major impact in the state of Georgia and beyond. In 2006-07 the Academy created several murals featured on Good Morning America in a partnership with Kennedy Middle School in Atlanta. In 2007 the Academy also created its first comic on Bullying in a partnership with Dr. Bitz of Columbia University/Teachers College, dubbed the “Comic Book Project .“ This project was another first of its kind. This project led to several other Academy produced comic books such as: Comic Book with the College Park Police Department on TRUST, Fulton County Leadership Academy on HISTORY and SAPNET’S (Substance Abuse Prevention Network) comic on Anger. The Academy’s comic book creations were digitized in 2011 with the Academy’s first ever digital comic called Rare Jewel which was released on the I-Tunes store.
In 2012 the Academy continued its remarkable success with a 100% high school graduation rate for its students coupled with many of its graduates gaining entry into the prestigious art schools such as SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) & Academy of Art University. All students received scholarship funding with one student obtaining a full ride admission to Tuskegee University. In that same year the Academy participated, placed and won several major technology competitions throughout Atlanta: Including one competition at Georgia Technical College where the Academy students won 1st place at a Semantic Seed Tech Competition hosted by Microsoft in which Academy students were the only youth group allowed to face college students and IT professionals.
In 2013 the Academy was the only school to be recognized by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and allowed to present at the first ever Georgia Digital Day. The event partners were among other tech giants such as Google, Giant Studios and SCAD. Today the Academy continues its success with multiple educational art partnerships throughout the state.
In 2014 The Academy won the MLK Community Service Award for Public Service presented by Emory University & The Rollins School of Public Health.
In 2015 The Academy celebrated its 10th anniversary with a free citywide celebration called dayofsuperheroes.com. This was a day where art and communities collide with events, comic trivia and live superheroes. Currently the Academy partners with Fulton County School System - McNair Middle School's Alternative Suspension Program called LIIFT where students are challenged using artistic precepts and complex mural designs. In 2016 The Academy has continued it's out reach work with Def Jam Legend Cey Adams.
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