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  • Art and Social Change with WonderRoot

    Join us at Binders Ponce City Market for the first installment of Binders Art Talk.

    At this panel discussion, WonderRoot staff will discuss how the organization fulfills its mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change - and talk about the future WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change, an accessible resource center for artists and community members offering 54,000 square feet of studios, classrooms, public space, creative programs and a performance hall.

    Participating Staff

    Chris Appleton, Executive Director

    Jennifer Lobsenz, Program Director

    Matthew Rosenfeld, Program Assistant

    Jess Bernhart, Arts Center Manager

    Floyd Hall, Interactive/Integrated Media Manager

    Susan Aspinwall, Development Director

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    Not familiar with WonderRoot? Here’s the skinny…

    About WonderRoot

    WonderRoot is an arts organization that works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot’s mission is to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change.

    Who does WonderRoot serve?

    WonderRoot serves artists at pivotal stages in their careers, as well as the public at-large who might not traditionally engage with the arts. Last year, WonderRoot reached more than 40,000 Atlantans through programs and exhibitions.

    What are their programs?

    WonderRoot is best known for the WonderRoot Community Arts Center which houses a recording studio, darkroom, digital media lab, screen printing studio, ceramics studio, gallery and music venue. Beyond the Arts Center, WonderRoot offers year-round arts & activism programs, youth development initiatives, professional development for artists, public art exhibitions, a literary magazine, film programs, community outreach initiatives, and more.

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    Who are their partners?

    WonderRoot believes that collaboration is the most effective way of creating meaningful and lasting impact. Their partners include: City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Atlanta Regional Commission, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Emory University Center for Ethics, Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League, High Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Film Festival, the Atlanta Beltline, and many others.

    What is the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change?

    The WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change is an accessible resource center for artists and community members offering 54,000 square feet of studios, classrooms, public space, creative programs and a performance hall. With ever an increasing demand than our current 4,500 square foot facility can support, a move to a larger facility will ensure that WonderRoot remains a financially secure and sustainable organization, serves more people, offers additional and higher quality programs, and remains firmly situated in Reynoldstown while continuing to serve the greater Atlanta region. The WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change is an incubator for artists, activists, and community partners to create a more equitable and livable great East Atlanta. As WonderRoot celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is the ideal time to expand our operations and build upon the meaningful partnerships we have formed.

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    Come learn more about WonderRoot, their upcoming Center for Arts & Social Change, and talk with staff. Registration is FREE!


    BINDERS Art Talk Presents:

    Art and Social Change with WonderRoot

    Sunday, March 8, 4-5:30pm

    ARTZ1559 | Registration is Free!


    Binders Art School

    About BINDERS Art Talk

    BINDERS Art Talk is a bi-monthly series that connects audiences with a variety of thoughtful and creative leaders in the art world including artists, instructors, and innovators. Speakers cover a variety of topics that serve to build arts awareness, increase advocacy, spark conversation, and illuminate the creative process.

    If you’re interested in giving a talk or have suggestions about topics, please email artschool@bindersart.com.

  • Visual Storytelling :: Talking Comics with Jacob Hunt


    Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    Like most artists, I claim to have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. But on top of that, my art has almost always been motivated by storytelling, characters, and world-building. Formative encounters with Roald Dahl and The Neverending Story established my sense of humor and love of other worldliness, while the discovery of Calvin and Hobbes and the X-Men introduced me to an ideal medium for self-expression. For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven, so I knew that I wanted to be both an artist and an author. After art school at the University of Georgia, I spent a few years creating My Doomed Affair—a semi-autobiographical humor strip about an ex-girlfriend, published biweekly in Flagpole Magazine—until I decided to seriously study comics at SCAD-Atlanta where I received my MFA in sequential art. Now I’m developing a graphic novel that I hope encompasses all the oddity, depth, and joy that I find in my favorite literature, comics, and film.


    “For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven…”


     Tell us a little about your work space. How does it contribute to your work?

    I work from a home studio equipped with a Cintiq interactive pen display, which allows me to draw and paint digitally onscreen in programs like Manga Studio and Photoshop. Additionally, I have a drafting table with an adjustable angled surface for when I work on paper, which, sadly, I don’t do often enough.

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    How would you describe your practice?

    My practices are very poor! When I’m in the groove and not too overwhelmed, which is rare, I work on several projects within a day, setting a timer for thirty minutes or an hour, depending on the activity, and I take short breaks between each activity. To warm up, I’ll spend a half hour doing quick gesture drawings from an online pose slideshow. Then I’ll draw, sketch, or write for a few hours towards all my ongoing projects, personal and otherwise. If I have a freelance gig with a deadline, I’ll usually focus solely on that, which tends to throw off my “regular” routine for months at a time because I’m generally not so great at regaining focus.

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    What projects are you working on currently? 

    Currently I’m designing characters for an Atlanta author who has a fan fiction website and wants visuals of her characters to inspire her fans. I’m always trying to find time to finish the script for my graphic novel, Rumspringer, but having little success setting aside time. Also, my band, Tracer Metula, is about to finish recording sessions for our album, and I’ll be working on album art and other promotional art for that soon.

    What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?

    I hope that they come away recognizing the fantastic potential that comics have as a medium for self-expression and storytelling, as well as the incredible work and thought that it takes in order to effectively communicate a story using the “language” of cartooning.

    Learn more about Jacob here.

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    Comics as Visual Storytelling with Jacob Hunt

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $90 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1507 | Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm


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    Creating Comics with Jacob Hunt

    6 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $130 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1541 | Thursdays, January 8 – February 12, 6:30 – 8:30pm



    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email artschool@bindersart.com.











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