WonderRoot’s Appleton receives national recognition
Chris Appleton, co-founder and executive director of the rising Atlanta arts nonprofit WonderRoot, will be honored by Americans for the Arts with the American Express Emerging Leader Award for 2014.
A leading national organization advancing the arts and arts education, Americans for the Arts describes the Emerging Leader Award as recognizing “visionary leadership by an individual who … demonstrates an ability to engage and impact his or her community.”
In addition to his work with decade-old WonderRoot, based in Reynoldstown, Appleton serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Arts Network, the historic preservation and public art advisory board for the Atlanta Beltline and the advisory board for Health Connect South. He is a former board president for Burnaway, the regional arts and culture publication.
He will receive the award at Americans for the Arts’ national convention in Nashville on June 13. HOWARD POUSNER
Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates 40th anniversary
Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a public party at Oakland Cemetery on May 4.
The selection of the fete’s site was purposeful: former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, who founded the cultural office and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, is buried at the historic Grant Park cemetery. Mayor Kasim Reed will host the free 4-6:30 p.m. event, including music by the Good Times Brass Band and the Clark Atlanta Jazz Orchestra as well as a multimedia exhibition detailing Jackson’s administrations and impact on Atlanta’s arts.
The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library, drawn from its Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records collection (open to the public; details, www.auctr.edu).
Transportation alternatives include MARTA (King Memorial station is two blocks from the cemetery) and parking for free in Grady Health Systems’ garage behind the King station). Map: http://goo.gl/maps/DOBDG.
248 Oakland Ave. S.E, Atlanta. www.ocaatlanta.com. HOWARD POUSNER