Atlanta is a dynamic city for enjoying the arts, but if you have curiosity about the places where art is made in Atlanta, WonderRoot
is a good place for you to start.
From launching a literary magazine to hosting classes on graphic design, running an accessible recording studio to helping you screen-print t-shirts, WonderRoot has spent the last 11 years providing artists in Atlanta with the resources and space that they need to realize artistic visions. The place has a very “by us, for us” feel to it that really helps you put your finger on the pulse of Atlanta’s art-creating community.
I recently visited WonderRoot to attend the opening of the new exhibit entitled the Asian Artists Exhibition, which runs from Jan. 15 through Feb. 24, 2015. Featuring the work of 10 artists of Asian descent who live and work in the southeastern United States, the exhibit puts their photographs, collages, and paintings together in a contemporary, multi-generational, multi-disciplinary narrative.
Asian Artists Exhibition is delicate yet provocative, juxtaposing photos of under-age male prostitutes and floral-inspired pornographic collages, with examinations of spirituality and self-portraits that interpret cross-cultural blending within shifting geographies. Through seemingly disparate works, the exhibit becomes a meditation on cultural heritage, shared experience, shared difference and self.Such an exhibition fits right in with WonderRoot, which was founded in 2004 with a mission to use art to inspire social change, uniting artists and community advocacy.
In fall 2015, WonderRoot will move from their current location in a 4,500-square-foot house to a 54,000 square feet building, expanding into the WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change. The space will be divided into three types of spaces, roughly one for each of its three floors: public assembly spaces, private studios, and community studios, which will include a recording studio, a darkroom, a digital media lab and a dance rehearsal studio, as well as a restaurant, a performance space and a 2,000-square-foot art gallery. In addition to WonderRoot, here are some other ways to be involved in Atlanta's art scene
Beth Clark is a writer, dancer and humorist who dearly loves Atlanta. She loves nothing better than roaming around the city on a mission to discover Atlanta's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Check out her blog, TheCityDweller.me or Twitter @bethcitydweller.