Malika Whitley

Civic Innovation Resident 2018




ChopArt is a non-profit organization for middle and high school aged youth experiencing homelessness.


ChopArt provides dignity, community, and opportunity through multidisciplinary arts immersion and mentorship. We provide opportunities for community organizations and professional artists to collaborate with our youth through dynamic programming that facilitates artwork and art projects. These projects help foster awareness of homelessness in Atlanta, generate funds for our homeless youth participants and their families, and provide a platform for positive and creative self-reflection for our youth.


Malika Whitley is the CEO & Founder of ChopArt, a multi-disciplinary arts organization for homeless youth operating in Atlanta, New Orleans, Hyderabad, and Accra. Since its inception in 2010 in South Africa, ChopArt has served over 30,000 youth worldwide using a collaborative heavy, volunteer-run model of service. Malika sits on the Board of Directors of GloATL and the Advisory Board of Women Engaged. She has a background in international arts marketing with experience working on five different continents within social enterprise development. Malika is the recipient of several honors including Atlanta Tribune's "Young, Gifted, and Black" honoree, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch", Atlanta Tribune's "50 under 50", and Young Nonprofit Network Professionals "30 under 30". Her passion is fighting for human rights and freedom in all its forms.