WonderRoot's arts programming for k-12 children attending school in the Jackson Cluster

About the Project

The arts are acknowledged as a vital part of a balanced education and often recognized as a pillar of core curriculum. Arts education provides learners with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive, creative, college and career-ready citizens. Despite the overwhelming body of data demonstrating the benefits of art, Georgia is one of five states which does not require arts as a mandatory subject.   

State funding that is available for arts education mostly goes to schools serving wealthier neighborhoods and families. As a result, the schools serving Atlanta’s lower-income families receive less funding for arts education, yet these at-risk kids need the benefits of arts education most.  

Atlanta Public Schools’ Jackson Cluster is a 9-school district serving elementary-high school students is an example of an underserved school whose kids need art education most. WonderRoot is working with the schools and their faculties to supplement the arts education through after-school programming.  

WonderRoot is an arts organization that works to improve the cultural and social landscape in Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. WonderRoot seeks to address the inequality in access to quality arts education by designing and developing quality youth art programs at all levels—elementary, middle, and high school—in the Jackson Cluster and Atlanta Public Schools. We believe that by providing access to artmaking tools and creative development resources, we can transform young lives by empowering youth to think critically and express their creativity.  

In 2017, WonderRoot will expand and deepen out impact in the community and serve even more youth on all levels. We will offer varied, frequent, and consistent quality arts afterschool programs by expanding on programming we already have and through launching new programming to serve the youth and families of the Jackson Cluster.  

The Family Root
—Family programming that promotes interaction and civically-oriented communication between pre-k and elementary school children, adults, artists and families—however you wish to define it. This program is designed to nurture artistic collaboration between children and adults and creates an emotional scaffolding to navigate difficult, sometimes frustrating conversations.
 

WonderRoot Art Club
—This afterschool program offered to elementary and middle school students will aid in strengthening the schools’ art culture by giving students the opportunity to connect with each other and with local teaching artists after school Approaching art from a social emotional perspective, the club will enhance students’ expressive, communicative, analytical and critical thinking skills while exposing them to new creative techniques. Additionally, Art club fosters a holistic, integrated approach to art making.
 

Nicholas House
—The Nicholas House is an Atlanta shelter providing housing to homeless families regardless of the family makeup. They are dedicated to helping homeless families achieve self-sufficiency by providing temporary housing while addressing the root cause of family homelessness. The children living in this temporary housing are students of all ages of the Jackson Cluster. Throughout the year, WonderRoot provides free arts-based workshops to youth involved with Nicholas House at the Community Art Center. Workshops include lessons in the ceramics studio, the darkroom, the digital media lab, painting and mixed-media techniques, screen printing and more.
 

#yourbasics
—WonderRoot’s crash course for art school prepped offered as a free intensive art school prep course designed for high school students interested in pursuing a college education in the arts. Led by a pool of distinguished local arts professionals and national art school representatives, the course provides students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources needed to put together strong college applications.
 

ArtED
—WonderRoot’s creative skill-building program that provides high school students with the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of artistic mediums, learn directly from professional artists, build community, and develop a voice on and off campus.  ArtED supplements the high school fine arts curriculum through a broad range of one-time and ongoing workshops and courses that are offered for free to students during the school year. 


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $50 or more

    Get an 8x10 photograph by the participating youth from our ArtED program, the high school fine arts creative skill-building program.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Donors will receive a handwritten thank you letter from the WonderRoot family as an expression of our gratitude for your support.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Donors at this level will be invited to a private artmaking class with WonderRoot staff. Good for both children and adults! You’ll get to decide what type of artwork you’d like to make: photography, painting, mixed media and more.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Be a part of a WonderRoot art selection panel of your choice. At this level, you’ll have the opportunity to join WonderRoot staff and art professionals in choosing artists and artworks for WonderRoot programs!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,500 or more

    Donors at this level will receive an exclusive tour for 8 of “What Are People For?”, a public art project with the Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League by sculptor William Massey.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $2,500 or more

    Donors at this level will receive a private tour of WonderRoot’s future home, the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change. Tour will include an inside peek at WonderRoot’s plans, the history of the building, and a personally made Reynoldstown flag to take home!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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