- 9:46 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Howard Pousner
A decade ago, when three Atlanta friends in their early 20s were launching WonderRoot as a non-profit community arts group with a strong social mission, its bold, recently announced expansion plans would have been inconceivable.
“You know, when you’re 20 years old, both everything and nothing seems possible, right?” WonderRoot co-founder and executive director Chris Appleton said recently, standing outside the 54,000-square-foot Memorial Drive former schoolhouse that will be retrofitted soon into its new home. “But while we always had big dreams and big goals, the support and community’s embracing of WonderRoot has exceeded any expectation that we would’ve had.”
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- 9:33 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Throngs of literature lovers checked out the AJC Decatur Book Festival — and it’s arts-fest-within-the-book-fest, arts|DBF — on Saturday despite zombifying heat and humidity. The lineup on the fest’s final day today is strong, and the weather may even prove more pleasant. Here are but a few highlights …
Sheehy caught the zeitgeist of an age with the 1976 work “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life, ” which spoke to many women (and men) about the challenges of growing up and growing old. She went on to paint indelible portraits of President George W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton and [More]
- 7:43 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The scheduled Aug. 16 telecast of the sixth annual Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards offers a rare chance to catch a star on the rise.
Sure you’ve no doubt heard that pitch before in conjunction with this high-energy, high-intensity competition, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.
But while those Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre shows overflowed with talent, they didn’t feature Jai’len Josey. The Tri Cities High School student followed up her best actress win in the April event by taking the best actress prize at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in June in New York.
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- 9:15 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
WonderRoot, the decade-old Atlanta grass-roots arts nonprofit with a strong social change mission, is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.
The Atlanta Public Schools board on Monday night approved an agreement with the community arts center, which will take over a 54,000-square-foot former schoolhouse across the street at 1043 Memorial Drive. It has occupied a converted Reynoldstown house for seven years and outgrown it.
Opened as John F. Faith Elementary School in 1922 and renamed C.D. Hubert Elementary in 1963, the red-brick building most recently was home to the Tech High public charter school, which closed in 2012.
WonderRoot will turn the [More]
- 4:55 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Art on the Atlanta Beltline, one of the largest temporary public art exhibits in the Southeast, returns Sept. 6 through Nov. 15, featuring nearly 100 works of visual and performance art. The yearly exhibit takes place outdoors, along the abandoned rail bed that has been reclaimed as a necklace of multi-use trails and public parks.
The sculpture, dance, murals, outdoor concerts and theatrical presentations transform the corridor into an outdoor gallery space. The season kicks off on the evening of Sept. 6 with the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade. Exhibits during the fall will be concentrated on the northern eastside interim hiking [More]
- 4:25 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson
The Museum of Design Atlanta recently announced its 2015 exhibition schedule. The Midtown Atlanta institution will present four exhibits that focus on the ways that design can change housing, communities, manufacturing and even politics. They include:
“Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature,” Jan. 18 to April 5, 2015 — Animals and humans use ingenious strategies to adapt to their environments, sometimes to the detriment of both dweller and environment. The exhibit shows design techniques that can protect the natural world.
“Designing Healthy Communities: Active Design and Its Impact,” April 26 to July 19, 2015 – Design affects our well-being, but [More]
- 7:40 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Cuban-born modernist painter Wifredo Lam is not as well-known as some of the artists and writers who served as his inspirations, including Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Federico García Lorca, Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel García Márquez. An exhibit coming to the High Museum of Art next February seeks to remedy that.
The High announced on Monday that it will host the retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds,” featuring more than 40 paintings, as well as a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera.
Lam (1902-1982), who studied in Madrid and worked in pre-World War II Paris before returning to Cuba, is considered a key [More]
- 12:05 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by jvejnoska
By Jill Vejnoska
Feel like taking a dip into public art? Consider a trip to Suwanee, where two of the biggest draws at Town Center Park are the interactive fountain and an outdoor sculpture walking tour.
Fourteen sculptures are on temporary display, ranging from the powerful “Pick,” that’s inspired by well worn tools, to the whimsical “Who Let the Dogs Out.” It’s the third time Suwanee has organized the popular “SculpTour,” which invites people to vote on which piece(s) the city should purchase, using privately donated funds.
Meanwhile, if you ask kids of all ages, the “Big [More]
- 9:05 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Jamila Robinson
One expects a great performance from a jazz and classical great such as Wynton Marsalis. Friday’s sold-out performance at Symphony Hall featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra left jazz lovers immersed in trumpets, trombones and saxophones and the diversity of jazz with music from Vaudeville to New Orleans Second Line.
As a spotlight event of the 2014 National Black Arts Festival, Marsalis, performed a nearly two-hour set that was as much of a live music history class as it was concert, entertaining the audience with toe-tapping, eyes closed and head-nodding music but also engaging them in the broader context for the compositions. DJ-style, Marsalis would [More]