southern company dedicated to empowering People in Creative technology
Headquartered in Atlanta & New Orleans
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All photos taken by Streetcat for personal & collaborative projects
Founded on principles of creative empowerment for entrepreneurs & artists alike, Streetcat Media, LLC. offers innovative software solutions & training in a variety of digital media. From inventory systems to Photoshop, we know what it takes to maintain that competitive edge in information management as well as visual branding.
We work with entrepreneurs in all industries to achieve a solid digital foundation for managing your business information as well as individuals dedicated to expanding their portfolios.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our system packages or educational services.
Meet The Founder & CEO
Conceptualized by Maggie Kane in 2012 just before graduating from college in post-Katrina New Orleans, Streetcat Media is rooted in intellectual empowerment & personal rebirth. Inspired by the persistent tenacity & unique character of the developing south & rebuilding of New Orleans, her mission has grown into one of affordable technological innovation for entrepreneurs & artists. Having worked with individuals of all backgrounds, she celebrates diversity in creative empowerment & wants to help others work towards that goal as well.
Maggie with a Freret friend in Spring 2012
This is my artist statement; as business - like painting or photography - is just a medium in which one can impart value to an audience...
I started Streetcat.Media as an ideation rooted in several creative "experiments" that I conducted in my New Orleans neighborhood from 2011-2012. While working as a sociological research assistant for the tenacious Dr. Diane Grams, I witnessed and documented the cultural side of my neighborhood that had sustained itself for over 80 years, including the active Mardi Gras Indians tribe and small black owned businesses that survived for generations in the area. I based my studies for Dr. Grams on the 20th century work of sociologist, Dr. Allison Davis, who actively examined social systems in the south during the early to mid-1900s by focusing on relationships between race and class.
The influence of my academic work bled into my creative work -- also a practicing artist, I began to mount this developing scientific lens of exploration into a prolific body of documentary photography. My aim in uniting these "experiments" together was to capture the meaningful space of my neighborhood that I was learning about not only via Dr. Grams and Dr. Davis, but from the generations of neighbors who loved and cherished the neighborhood as the foundation for their community, and thus personal identity. Yet the community was facing changes - as blighted properties left over from the wreckage of Katrina started to be purchased by developers, I noticed changes in the cultural dynamic of the space. I became highly curious (and suspect) of these changes, their value to the neighborhood and my neighbors, and how they would affect the self-sustaining creative culture that generations of people had created in this community.
I began to weave these threads of activity together as they were fastly becoming passions of mine because they spoke facets of truth to me. The truth being that true community and culture do not come from systems of mass-control and capitalistic enterprise, but from the people who persist and plant seeds of love and celebration in their space. The history surrounding the people - their narratives and symbols - brought true value and thus truth for how communities are sustained and develop an authentic culture. Through my creative process, I utilized the frameworks of sociological theory, research, and exploration with imaging media to capture and preserve the cultural community fiber that had developed in the neighborhood for generations. Barbershops, food stands, artistic icons... all of these had persisted in the space and were at risk of being lost in the capitalistic upheaval of real estate in the neighborhood. So my academic research, I thought, was a good start in starting to help my neighbors, but I wanted to go a step further and help solve issues that my neighbors faced daily. I found this opportunity right around the corner from my house.
Little backstory - after Hurricane Katrina, most of the city was destroyed and left for its residents to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Rebuild they did, and part of the regrowth efforts were offering community resources to neighborhoods, especially low-income ones, where residents could benefit from the services of these places. The Freret Neighborhood Center was the community hub that I lived near, so I decided one day to walk over to it and see what it had to offer people in the area. I was really surprised to see the projects and resources that they had available for residents, from computer access for adults to a creative after-school program for kids in the neighborhood. The community center wasn't raking in the dough though, and they had to really work with the resources that they had to offer residents. I admired their ability to hack into the social system of poverty and offer residents the tools needed for access to employment and more.
I volunteered mostly with the after-school program. Those kids were spirited! Boy, I'll tell ya! But Ms. Tea, the leader of that program at the time, led the kids easily through a series of tasks that they did in the program each day. The program, called The Entrepreneur Art Club, was a wonderful program in which I'm looping my original story back to this point. The EAC was a self-sustaining entity that was run by a group of kids who supported their after school program by making small creative products that they would sell at a monthly market in the neighborhood. The kids were able to generate enough money each month from the products that they sold so they could afford to attend their community-driven after school program, which was a necessity for many of those kids who needed help with homework or for other reasons.
Lol. I haven't mentioned streetcat yet. Well the aforementioned threads - the sociological study, the artistic practice, the volunteer work - all wove together in my imagination as during my explorations, which occurred mostly at night, a band of streetcats would follow me around. My feline entourage lived under my neighbors house and would all respond to the name "streetcat". It was great. They became regular fixtures in my adventures of "space" exploration - following me around, often trotting into the middle of one of my long exposure photos or just keeping me company. Their presence was comforting to me. Like the generations of human residents that lived in my neighborhood, these streetcats had staked their claim to the space as well. They observed and persisted through the rapid changes facing the community. Hence, they were tangential characters in my triangulated sense and appreciation of the neighborhood.
Unfortunately (sad face), I couldn't stay in New Orleans as I aspired to learn and work with technological tools, which I thought would be immeasurable skills to have as a practicing artist and activist. My lessons learned in the Freret neighborhood, my old home, taught me the power of access to foundational resources, especially those that espouse information and exchange value, and how they can largely impact one's quality of life. So I got a job at a bank.
Working for the man was cool in a sense that I learned more in my one year tenure there about application development, financial strategy, and the politics of business than I could have anywhere. No special university program could have supplemented my work experience as it gave me a real-world framework to understand how the macro systems of society flow in day to day life. As a free spirit - I didn't last long in my 8 to 5, 40 hour a week corporate job. I yearned to be free from time constraints and work on more interesting projects. Hence the start of Streetcat.Media. I officially kicked off the business as a commercial photography service that shot concerts, festivals, and weddings - but I kept my initial passion close at heart, which was to create a project that directly impacts people in need... namely through technological access.
After a year of starting my business and paying the bills with photo gigs, I decided to move to Atlantain 2014, where I'm still living and working. Having learned and tested out a plethora digital and business systems by working on client and personal projects, I aim to offer residents in the Atlanta area my creative "hacking" services. The term"media" fits finely in here as this story wraps up. Derived from its latin singular form, "medium", it can be defined as 'ambiguous', 'middle', 'community', or 'public'. The goal ofStreetcat.Media has been and will continue to be the empowerment of community members through foundational access to creative tools and ideas, whatever they may be.
-- Maggie Kane aka streetcat
Wtf is Streetcat.Media?
Streetcat.Media is unique and ambiguous. We seek a range of experiential project collaboration with a variety of creative and commercial entities, so we don't fit ourselves into a box-set of services. We think of ourselves as creative hackers who help people solve problems through cost and time efficient solutions, especially in the areas of business and technology strategy.
If you think that we could help you with a project, hit us up to see how we could assist your project needs.
-- Maggie Kane aka streetcat
Streetcat.Media ebbed its way into existence during founder, Maggie Kane's, senior year of college. Her academic project of sociological inquiry and artistic representation of truth and meaning through imaging at the time roughly birthed the small baby that Streetcat is today. Having worked with individuals who seek freedom from oppressive systems and utilizing technological tools to achieve this has been the core mission of Streetcat from its inception in New Orleans. Maggie has carried on that mission today to Atlanta where she offers affordable business and tech/web hacking skill classes and training sessions for artists and low-income entrepreneurs.
E-commerce platform / Miller's Rexall
As an established Atlanta business, Miller's Rexall has served generations of Atlantians who seek alternative and [super]natural remedies for common cures to everyday ailments. It's been one of few suppliers of curious remedies and rare items, and has been successful in providing the products requested for their customers' needs. The business's roots run deep in customer service care and product control, but they realized that they needed to upgrade their sales system to keep up with the growing trends of product-selling. Mr. Miller + Streetcat were connected as Mr. Miller was seeking advice on how to move forward with achieving a modern sales platform.
Streetcat got to know Mr. Miller and assessed his needs. A plan was made, and we jumped into this large-scale project, which entailed building Miller's Rexall an e-commerce platform. This platform supports over 4000 items in inventory and is integrated into a backend system that manages that customer orders and transactions from the online shop each day. We wanted to make his online store management experience easy.
NOTE: The online store will not be live until early December 2016 - we are still workin' on it!
Now, one may imagine that Miller's Rexall, the hero of this Streetcat project story, had a clear-cut idea of what his project entailed. But he didn't. And that's totally OK. That's what Streetcat is here to help with - solving your tech problems on any scale (small or large). Listed below are some of the services that we integrated into Miller's Rexall project plan (we manage projects to make sure deadlines and expectations are met).