At last night’s Decatur City Commission meeting, the commission gave their support to a grant application to the Atlanta Regional Commission Public Art Program to paint to a “community mural” on the MARTA overpass on West Trinity Place (Streetview).
According to the note from Asst. City Manager Linda Harris, the City of Decatur, the Decatur Housing Authority and the Decatur Arts Alliance are planning a collaboration with MARTA and the diverse communities in the area to create the mural.
The ARC grant is new in 2015 and is a competitive, matching grant program designed “to assist local communities in developing and installing public art in their communities across the region and was inspired by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the nation’s largest mural program.”, according to Ms. Harris’ note.
The Atlanta program has selected the following “shared value” to promote in 2015 – “Atlantans share the belief that there is ample opportunity to participate in making history in our region.”
The Decatur project would bring the area’s community together with the selected artist, and the artist would develop a mural “reflecting the community response to that statement in some way”.