Sunday Conversation with Chris Appleton

Sunday Conversation with Chris Appleton

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Artists are storytellers, Chris Appleton says. Although he no longer practices his art, Appleton has quite a story to tell. He is co-founder and executive director of WonderRoot, an arts organization that he and two friends started in college 15 years ago with the lofty goal of improving Atlanta’s cultural and social landscape. At the ground level, WonderRoot offers artists studio space and is preparing to move from a 4,500 square foot building to a 54,000 square foot former school in Reynoldstown. WonderRoot also partners with community groups, nonprofits and local governments to incorporate the arts in their work. “The arts have the power to heal and bring people together,” Appleton says. “That is needed now as much as any other time in my life.”

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