What Makes WonderRoot so WonderFul?
WonderRoot believes that artists have the potential to change the world. Musicians, photographers, writers, filmmakers, and artists of all mediums have the ability to communicate globally, moving freely through the barriers of language and geographical restraints. We are artists giving back to the community that has done so much to inspire us.
Everyday, WonderRoot directly impacts community members of all ages, economic backgrounds, and manners of diversity. Each month, over 3,500 people visit the WonderRoot Community Art Center to use arts producation studios, participate in classes, and attend music/art events.
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What is WonderRoot?
WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot was created in response to Atlanta’s need for an organization that bridged the gap between art and community. Our mission is to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. WonderRoot has a geographic focus of metropolitan Atlanta, with a specific interest in underserved inner-city communities.
Our public outreach programming continues to grow to serve a diverse audience in order to address a variety of issues, most recently including strengthening neighborhood connectivity, providing opportunities for working artists, providing youth programming to special needs children, and addressing inclusivity issues of the LGBTQ community through public art initiatives. WonderRoot has also established itself as a leading advocate for the arts in Atlanta.
Programmatic accessibility is of utmost importance to the WonderRoot mission. Many of our programs are free to the public. And no individual is ever turned away from using WonderRoot’s art production facilities due to aninability to pay.
We believe that is essential to a city's cultural and economic health to have a vibrant arts community. In order to do this, WonderRoot believes that by making programming and services accessible to all people we are taking a step towards achieving this goal.
Where is the WONDER located?
Located in the Reynoldstown neighborhood, the WonderRoot Community Arts Center serves artist members who use communal arts studios, participate in classes, and attend music/art events. In addition to our Arts Center, WonderRoot engages with the greater metro Atlanta area through public art, outreach programming, and community dialogues.
What types of art does WonderRoot support?
Our members span a wide variety of artistic genres from graphic design, illustration, dance, the written word, painting, drawing, music, film, printmaking, sculpture, multimedia, mixed media, ceramics, and performance art. Our Arts Center houses communal studio space for recording, digital media and editing, and ceramics, and includes a gallery space and performance venue. Through our facility and outreach programming, WonderRoot seeks to be inclusive of all artists and all art forms, regardless of artistic content.
What ROOTS are you looking to grow in the future?
Our organization is poised to affect the community in tremendous ways in the near future!
In 2015, WonderRoot will move to the new WonderRoot Center for Art and Social Change, a 54,000 square foot, 8-acre campus for artists and community located in Reynoldstown at the heart of East Atlanta. Marking the next phase of WonderRoot’s development as Atlanta’s leading organization for arts and community empowerment, the former Tech High/Hubert Elementary school building will house 28,000 square feet of private studio space for artists, nonprofit organizations and small creative businesses; a visual arts gallery; performance venue for theater, dance and film; cafe open to the public; educational spaces; and a series of production facilities for artists, including a recording studio, printmaking studio, darkroom, ceramics studio, digital media lab, and dance rehearsal studio.
As WonderRoot is a community-based organization, we believe that the programs, services and activities taking place at the new arts center are aligned with the expressed need and interests of the communities that we serve… and we hope you do too. Please consider a donation to support WonderRoot on Georgia Gives Day.