WonderRoot is looking to fill positions for 4 Artists to assist in completing public art mural projects in the Westside communities of Vine City and English Avenue. We invite emerging, professional visual artists to submit applications to serve as Lead and Supporting artists for murals at the Vine City MARTA station and the Bellwood Boys and Girls Club.

About the Project

The Westside Creative Placemaking project is a community-based public art initiative that creates meaningful, aesthetically imaginative, high quality, text-based murals that explore issues of access, legacy, and collective identity. The project also enlists a consulting partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for best practices and professional expertise.
In recognition that sustainable, positive community change is only possible if a multiplicity of voices contributes to shaping the direction of the conversation, a key component of the project will be public art’s role as a vehicle for community building and strengthening. The finished murals will enhance and reflect the lives of neighborhood residents and/or transit users, and articulate a shared viewpoint- made possible through deep dialogue between individuals with a range of perspectives.
All artists will work closely with the Westside Advisory Committee, collaborating on all relevant aspects of the fabrication and installation process of the project. Lead Artists will produce the conceptual design proposal and have overall responsibility for the execution of the project.

Vine City:

One Supporting Artist will work under the direction and supervision of the project’s Lead Artist, Fahamu Pecou, to develop a semi-permanent, community-based public art project in the Vine City community.

This project is one part of the larger En Route project, which involves the creation of public murals in 4 MARTA subway stations through detailed community engagement. The En Route project kicked off with the King Memorial station, followed by Oakland City, H.E. Holmes, and now the Vine City station, which is the fourth installment of the En Route portfolio.

The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club:

One Lead Artist and two Supporting Artists will work collaboratively with the English Avenue community to conceptualize and execute a mural on the façade of the center, which has served local youth for multiple decades. The artist team will also provide art-based engagement with the youth who attend the Club to ensure the mural design process is inclusive to the community the mural serves.


This Call for Artists is open to students and emerging, professional artists residing in the Atlanta area with an interest and/or connection to the Westside neighborhood. Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

  • Provide a portfolio of original artworks created
  • Prior experience with murals or large scale formatted artwork
  • Aesthetic excellence in the design and execution of completed projects.
  • Ability to work as part of a team under the direction and supervision of the Lead Artist
  • Ability to work a minimum of 20 hours per week toward the completion of the project, starting during the mural execution period. Specific hours to be determined by the Lead Artist.
  • Ability to engage in authentic dialogue with community.
Artists’ Stipend
The Lead Artist for the Bellwood Boys and Girls Club will receive $7,000 for the project, including at least two youth arts programming events, and participation in the artists’ workshop with Philadelphia Mural Arts.

Each of the 3 Supporting Artists will receive $1000 for this project. This stipend covers all hours worked toward the project in conjunction with the Lead Artist. 

Stage One: Request for Qualifications

An Advisory Committee consisting of community representatives will review and evaluate the applications according to the qualification selection criteria listed below. From the pool of applications submitted by the deadline, the Advisory Committee will select one Lead Artist for Bellwood and recommend 5 candidates for consideration to Fahamu Pecou. The final selection of the 3 Supporting Artists will be determined by the Lead Artists. WonderRoot reserves the right to select fewer or additional artists based on the volume of applications.

All qualifications listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration.

  • Westside Artist application completed through the WonderRoot website (insert link) or picked up, completed, and returned to the WonderRoot Community Arts Center
    (Located at 982 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA, 30316).
  • A statement of interest (approximately 500 words). The statement of interest should include why you are interested in participating as an artist on this project, your relationship to the Westside community, and your approach to creating public art through a community engagement process.
  • A professional curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Weekly hours of availability and rough outline of a daily schedule.
  • Three professional or academic references.
  • At least five (5) and up to a maximum of ten (10) images and/or videos of your previous work.

Stage Two: Lead Artist and Advisory Committee Selection of Three Supporting Artists

Strong preference will be given to artists who are from the Westside or have a strong Westside connection. To select the Supporting Artists, the Lead Artists and Advisory Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence, creativity and originality.
  • Depth of experience with artistic media as relevant to the Lead Artist’s conceptual
    design proposal.
  • Compatibility of spirit and intent.
  • Artists hours of availability.
  • Approach to community engagement and public dialog

Entry Deadline

All applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 14, 2017.

Public Art Locations

The En Route mural will be installed at the Vine City MARTA Station located at 502 Rhodes Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. The Boys and Girls Club mural will be at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club located at 777 Donald Lee Holowell Parkway Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Project Schedule

April 14th Deadline to submit completed FRQ
April 21st Bellwood Lead Artist Announced
May 1st All Supporting Artists Announced
July '17 Fabrication and Installation of mural at Vine City MARTA Station.
July 22nd Mural Workshop training with the Philadelphia Mural Art Program
Aug '17

Fabrication & Installation of mural at Bellwood Boys and Girls Club.

If you have any questions, please contact WonderRoot's Head of Creative Placemaking, Brandon Jones at Brandon@wonderroot.org.

Proposal Guidelines

          The lead submitter must have participated in Percolate Phase I successfully. The lead submitter must be the head of the project and the main point of contact. Other artists and/or activists may be a part of the proposal as contributors. Solo projects are also admissible. It is not mandatory that proposals include the lead submitter’s assigned coffee date individual from Phase I. All proposals must include WonderRoot as a partnering organization. Other organizations may be included as well. Please consider the following dates when selecting which award-tier you are applying for:

  • 1K: Selected proposals will be completed between March 2017-September 2017 for a total of 6 months. In June, a mid point grant report will be due that includes photo documentation. A final grant report will be due in October.

  • 5K: The selected proposal will be completed between March 2017- December 31, 2017 for a total of 9 months. In August, a midpoint grant report will be due that includes photo documentation. A final grant report will be due in January 2018.

  • 10K: The selected proposal will be completed between March 2017 - September 2018 for a total of 18 months.  December 31, 2017 for a total of 9 months. In December 2017, a midpoint grant report will be due that includes photo documentation. A final grant report will be due in October 2018.

Ends on April 14, 2017

WonderRoot is excited to launch the WonderRoot Artist Market at PCM -- an artist and maker's market located at the Shed at Ponce City Market, a covered platform off of the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail. 

The WonderRoot Artist Market connects Atlanta residents to artists, makers, and other creative people, such as yourself! WonderRoot facilitates a platform for creative people to sustain themselves and build relationships. This is an extensive opportunity to both expand your exposure and grow your work. 

We invite you to take advantage of the culture and community incubated on the Eastside Trail by registering for the low-cost artist market. This is an open-invitation; please feel free to share! Please be aware we do not accept food vendors.

We will notify you within 2 weeks if your application has been approved. Payment in full is expected upon approval and prior to the market schedule. If WonderRoot does not receive payment 3 days prior to the market, your application will be considered incomplete and will be moved to the waiting list. 

The WonderRoot Artist Market at PCM May schedule is as follows:

May Artist Market: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21/ 5/28
Vendors will arrive at 11am. Market is open from noon-3pm. Vendors must leave by 4pm.
 $150 fee covers the cost of all artist markets in May.

Submission of this application assumes full understanding and compliance to the responsibilities and requirements of the WonderRoot Artist Market at PCM outlined here

We will also feature one table per monthly market at no cost to provide better access for underrepresented artists. Feel free to reach out to stephanie@wonderroot.org for more information on this scholarship opportunity. 

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact epoland@wonderroot.org
Thanks for reaching out to the venue at WonderRoot. Please understand that we receive a high volume of applications and are a small volunteer staff - we respond to all inquiries as quickly as we are able. However, due to the high volume, we may not be able to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Please do not submit multiple applications and allow at least 2 weeks for a response. Preference will be given to shows with a completed line-up. Proceeds are a 70/30 split for artist/WonderRoot.
Because we are a small staff hosting many shows, all promotion is the responsibility of the artists. You are encouraged to promote at WonderRoot and posters mailed to us will be hung. 
All of our shows are all ages and $5 unless presented with compelling reasons otherwise (the decision is at WonderRoot management's discretion). 

Ends on July 31, 2017
WonderRoot is currently seeking group exhibition and curation proposals on a rolling basis from emerging and mid-career artists and curators. 

Exhibition proposals will be judged based on the creative rigor of the proposal, exhibition experience, technical proficiency, and quality of previous work. If you are proposing a new project please be prepared to submit sketches/digital renderings and additional text-based documents that may aid us in understanding the project.

*Due to the high volume of inquiries we will only notify accepted applicants. 

Questions? Please email iman@wonderroot.org. 
Ends on June 1, 2017
WonderRoot is currently seeking exhibition proposals on a rolling basis from emerging and mid-career local artists that work in the following disciplines: 

-Drawing, painting and printmaking
-Mixed media

Exhibition proposals will be judged based on the creative rigor of the proposal, exhibition experience, technical proficiency, and quality of previous work. If you are proposing a new project please be prepared to submit sketches/digital renderings and additional text-based documents that may aid us in understanding the project. In addition, collaborations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

*Due to the high volume of inquiries we will only notify accepted applicants. 

Questions? Please email matthew@wonderroot.org.