2016 has been a year of many changes in our community, our city, and our world. Tragedies have befallen our communities of color, our LGBTQ communities, and our friends and lovers and families are facing an unprecedented level of fear. Over the past several days, we have heard from so many people looking for spaces to work, spaces to connect with each other, spaces to grow with each other. This is our goal. This is our mission. This is our passion. We, at WonderRoot, are here everyday to work for a more just and equitable world; we are present with fierce love for this city. From the kids we work with from APS to the seniors who volunteer at our front desk and all those in between who use our venue – always all ages, always 5$- we are here with you and for you. We offer programming that focuses on racial justice, on prison abolition, artistic empowerment for all ages, and have given artists the tools they need to develop strong, long lasting careers. 2017 will bring even more changes for us, and for the world on a whole. We will continue to be an organization that stands for the power of art and social change, and what good those forces can do.
If there is something you would like to discuss, a workshop you would like to lead, a class you would like to teach, or to just get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give the Center a call at 404-254-5955. Our exhibit, Degrees of Visibility by Ashley Hunt, is up for the next two days. Degrees speaks on the nefarious architecture that hides prisons in plain sight and how our fellow citizens have become invisible. Our initiative, Percolate, which encouraged activists and artists to work together to fight for racial justice, opens next Saturday. Our next CSA curator chose artists for season 10 that explore “subjects like mental illness, immigration, the influence of media, and Black Lives Matter protests — their work represent a modern American narrative.”
We’ll hope you will join us as we work towards a better world.
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again
Chris Appleton, Executive Director
Stephanie Kong, Program Director
Amanda Mills, Programs Assistant
Sheronda Gipson, Art Center Coordinator
Brandon Jones, Head of Creative Placemaking
Jasmine Amussen, Marketing Manager
Iman Person, Arts Innovation Specialist
Elizabeth Poland, Development Associate
Caitlin Smith, Social Work Intern
Jasmine Gardner, Design Intern
Britton Rogers, Communications Intern
Patty Lacrete, Development Intern
Paria Almasi, Intern
Abby O’ Callaghan, Development Intern
The WonderRoot Board of Directors