From the City of Decatur…
The Decatur Arts Alliance and the Steering Committee for the MARTA Overpass Mural Project in Decatur announce the artist chosen for the project is the MILAGROS Collective. The MILAGROS Collective, from New Orleans, LA and Miami, FL, consists of Felici Asteinza from San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Joey Fillastre from Lakeland, Florida.
Felici and Joey have extensive mural experience including a Public Art Commission for the New Orleans Public Library; 2015 Murals in Greensboro, NC hosted by the Elsewhere museum and funded by ArtPlace America; an Art in Public Places mural on the Yates Parking Garage in Jacksonville, FL, and more.
What set the MILAGROS Collective apart, though, according to Angie Macon, Director of the Decatur Arts Alliance, was their extensive community engagement experience in creating their murals and other pieces. According to Angie, they have a commitment to and an excitement for the community engagement process around their projects.
Creation of the MARTA Overpass Mural includes a strong commitment to community engagement as part of the grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission. In addition to the mural artist, the project also includes a community engagement consultant Joy Bailey Bryant with Lord Cultural Resources.
The next steps for the process will be to introduce the MILAGROS Collective to the community and begin the series of stakeholder community engagement meetings in May. Estimated completion of the mural is in the Fall of 2016.
For information about the MILAGROS Collective and to see samples of their past work, visit http://milagroscollective.com. For more information about the MARTA mural project, contact Angie Macon, [email protected], 404-371-9583.
Photo courtesy of MILAGROS collective Facebook page