WonderRoot Welcomes New Interns!

WonderRoot is proud to announce that Parisa Frost, Elizabeth Poland, and Ariel Thilenius have joined us as interns for Spring 2016. We are thrilled to have their energy and input around the WonderRoot Community Arts Center and also while assisting the staff in programmatic administration. All three are currently enrolled in Atlanta-area colleges, and bring to WonderRoot a wealth of personal experiences that align with our efforts at the intersection of Art and Social Change.

Get to know Ariel, Parisa, and Elizabeth below in their own words as they introduce themselves to the WonderRoot family:



Hey! My name is Ariel and I’m a fifth year Literature, Media, and Communications major with a concentration in Media Studies at Georgia Tech. Outside of school, I enjoy writing, visual design, and watching films. Upon graduation, (*cue air horns and confetti*) I hope to combine all three of those interests into a career in the art industry. I’ve been passionate about the arts since my idea of art was a macaroni sculpture, which is why I’m incredibly excited to intern for WonderRoot and help support their mission of bettering the Atlanta social and cultural scene for artists of all ages. I’m 22 years old, a Pisces who only believes in horoscopes when they tell me something good is happening, and know every single word to Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”. In my free time, you’ll probably catch me vintage shopping, curled up with a book, or watching live music with friends. Follow me on the ‘Gram @arielthilenius!



Hello! My name is Parisa Frost and I am a third-year student of Psychology and Sociology at Georgia State University with a concentration on gender-related issues (my favorite F-word is feminism!). A nomad at heart, I try to travel distances near and far whenever there is money in my pocket and time on my hands. Growing up as an Iranian-American in the South, I relish in experiences that add depth to my cultural understanding of this strange and diverse trek we call the human experience. The youngest of three daughters – and the perpetual butt of their jokes – I was taught what to take seriously in life and quickly learned how to laugh at the rest. Aside from interning at WonderRoot, an opportunity that I will gratefully use to expand my knowledge on the relationship between the arts community and social change, I work part-time at Gallery 72 and tutor in Spanish and English for underprivileged children. 



Hi! My name is Elizabeth Poland. I am currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design studying arts administration, and I earned my undergraduate degree in public relations from The University of Georgia. In the future I plan to dedicate my career to the intersection of creating positive social change and the promotion of art within a community. I am an advocate by nature as well as an advocate of nature (among other things). I believe in gender and racial equality, and I am very passionate about living an environmentally conscious lifestyle. I personally enjoy experimental art and emerging art forms, but can appreciate most work. My day job includes tasting wine, selling wine, and writing about wine at the wine store, Barcelona VinoTeca in Inman Park. I am the proud and often scared mother of a dog, the Naomi Campbell of canines, Rosé. When I’m not working or studying, you can find Rosé and myself, and perhaps some rosé, basking in the outdoors. In highschool I was voted “Wittiest Girl” of my class, and although that does not seem relevant, it is.


WonderRoot hosts interns during most traditional academic terms and also during the summer months. Learn more about being an intern at WonderRoot and other ways you can get involved here.

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