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Guest Post: Integrity Transformations and Westside Works

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation and Westside Works Integrity Transformations is a Community Partner on Off the Wall.  Workforce Development is an Asset on the Westside!   Motivational case management is the hallmark of Integrity Transformations’ services. Integrity Transformations is a community development corporation that aims to transform the residents and neighborhoods of English Avenue,…

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On the Latinx Voice, guest post by Latino Community Fund Georgia

“On the Latinx Voice” written by Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza, Executive Director, Latino Community Fund Georgia   When I moved to Georgia in 2002, I was advised there were only two types of people in the state “Blacks and Whites” and that nobody would knew what to make of me. While the advice was well-meaning, it…

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Guest Post: VOX Teen Communications

VOX Teen Communications – Community Partner on Off the Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey by Susan Landrum, Executive Director                         Atlanta is my home. I grew up here and choose it again and again as a place to explore, grow and…

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Guest Blog: Spread the Vote Atlanta

Voter ID Laws are Voter Suppression Written By Seth Reuter Voter ID laws are voter suppression. Full stop. But we’re fighting back against them. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in an effort to counter clearly racist voting restrictions pioneered in the former confederacy. Sadly, Chief Justice John Roberts…

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AJFF Presents: Cinebash

written by Katherine Price When I joined the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival last year as its first-ever Community Programming Manager, one of the programs that most excited me was Cinebash. A new AJFF programming initiative and a first-of-its-kind event, Cinebash translates literally to “film party.” It’s unlike anything Atlanta has ever seen before, and it’s…

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Why Would a Food Company Care About Supporting the Arts?

Why Would a Food Company Care About Supporting the Arts?   A word from PeachDish President: Judith Winfrey. Judith Winfrey with her husband Joe Reynolds at their farm: Love is Love Farm. PeachDish began in 2014 as a mission-driven, values-based business intent on making an impact.  We have two goals in mind: 1) getting healthy…

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An Exploration of Her Ritual: April 13-May 4

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson Each day, we participate in rituals. Some of us wake up at a specific time to meditate and be in peace, while others devote their morning to combing their hair with a certain level of attention, never deviating from routine strokes. Our rituals consume the hours in our days, but…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Yoko Ono

The Personal is Political: Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, and Yoko Ono “Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.” – Shirin Neshat Perhaps Iran’s most famous contemporary artist, Shirin Neshat fully embodies art’s capacity to bring about social change. But her artistic career did not begin with a vision to inspire socio-political dialogue;…

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Wela + WonderRoot: A Natural Fit

https://getwela.com Why we’re partnering with WonderRoot:   Partnering with WonderRoot has always felt like a natural fit. WonderRoot strives to maximize and harness Atlanta’s creative capital to produce innovative strategies that move the needle on critical social justice issues facing the city today: environmental justice, race equity, affordable housing, recidivism, and much more. The way…

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Inspiration from Travel and Being Curious: An Interview with Erin Palovick

Erin Palovick is an Atlanta-based visual and performance artists featured at WonderRoot’s “The Gathering”, where her four part “Glossary of a Shrine” is displayed. Palovick’s work is subtly fortified with her experiences and interpretations from travel and experiences that are divine and transcendent in nature. Palovick’s work, whether making marks on paper, sounds in space,…

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Magical Realism and Chicana Pride with Laura Vela

Written and Interviewed by Naya Clark Laura Vela is a Chicana, interdisciplinary based in Atlanta. Vela’s welcoming charm without having to say much at all. Although limited words may give the first impression of being timid, it is offset by great hair, tattoos, and pizza socks, which she sported during our conversation. Graduating from Kennesaw…

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Talking Healing, Ritual, and Connectivity with Angela Davis Johnson

Interviewed and Written by Naya Clark A conversation with Angela Davis Johnson is a conversation of peace and wisdom. Johnson’s voice maintains the soothing quality of speaking to a relative which gives her work a deeper context. Johnson, an interdisciplinary visual artist, does work in between Atlanta and Little Rock, Arkansas. Her work primarily consists of her painted…

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Textures within Textures: The Works of Manty Dey

Written by Naya Clark   Manty Dey is an Indian Born, Atlanta raised artist who painting, paper, and acrylic in a way that expresses texture, emotion, and process. Dey is very well achieved, having originally gained artistic education at Georgia State University, where she earner her Bachelors in Drawing and Painting and later, her MFA in…

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At our Artist Market

Oscar Gittemeier explains Transliteracy and the New Role of Libraries Written and interviewed by Naya Clark   Oscar Gittemeier is a modern librarian indeed. The last two weekends of March, he appeared stylishly with a button up and suspenders. Gittemeier is a very amiable and informative fellow,  zealously passionate about his role as an Adult…

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Zines for the Culture

  Since the technology of self-publishing ideas in leaflet and pamphlet form have been available, members of marginalized and minority groups have been distributing information themselves. By definition, zines are a cheaply made, cheaply priced independent magazines that cover broad topics from politics, art and design,fan fiction, personal journals, single-topic obsessions, sex, social theory, intersectional feminism, and…

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A Talk with Paria Almasi

Interviewed by Naya Clark   If anyone sits for a conversation with Paria Almasi, one of the easiest characteristics to mark is her interest in understanding the perspective of the people around her. She loves asking questions about people and their experiences, not to be nosey, but out of pure curiosity. It is no surprise…

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PeachDish and the Parallels of Art, Food, and the Art of Food

Broiling, scrambling, simmering, and flambéing are all processes involved in the craft of cooking. They aren’t painting, sculpting, illustrating, or blending, as in visual art, but the similarities between art and cooking are endless. The two forms have ability to cater to our senses, emotions, and desire to create. Similarly, both art forms require an immense need…

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What is going to Happen to Art Funding in the Next Four Years?

Wait, What’s Happening?  Despite only using about .02% of governmental funds, arts and humanities organizations across the nation will face budget cuts as the government seeks to save federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities will face complete…

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WonderRoot Launches CSA Season 10 in Collaboration with Allie Bashuk

WonderRoot is excited to announce our six CSA Season 10 artists. This season WonderRoot has collaborated with curator and organizer Allie Bashuk to select the final six artists, whose work considers topics of police brutality, immigration, mental health and more. Our CSA Season 10 artists are: Brandon English, Natalie Escobar, Antonio Darden, InkYoung Chung, Andrew…

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WonderRoot Hosts CSA Season 08 Pick Up Party!

Wrapping up Season 08 of WonderRoot’s Community Supported Art program, the CSA pick up party hosted on Friday, May 20th brought together local artists, shareholders, and friends to celebrate the works of this season’s artists. The talents of BlackCatTips, Molly Rose Freeman, Peter Ferrari, Brandon Sadler, Sanithna Phansavanh, and Fabian Williams were showcased in the…

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