Decatur Arts Alliance Issues Call for Artists For New Decatur Artway Sculptures

Calling all durable outdoor media artists!  The Decatur Arts Alliance is seeking artists for new Artway Sculptures!

The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks sculptures to be placed in five locations within walking distance of downtown Decatur as part of the ongoing Decatur Artway celebration of public art.  The sculptures are on view for two years and easily accessible to hundreds of people each month who come to Decatur to shop, dine, work, or attend the year-round calendar of events and festivals.  In addition, the art and artists are featured on the Otocast App.  Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000, and in addition, the artwork may be available for sale.

All submissions should be professionally constructed of durable materials that will withstand the elements.  All durable outdoor media are encouraged.

Deadline for submission is July 15 and the jury will make the selection of sculptures in August, 2017.  Submit your application through (CaFE).

The Decatur Artway is a partnership among the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Decatur Tourism Bureau, and the City of Decatur.  Once installed the show will feature a special Gallery Opening with a walking tour of the sculptures and an artist talk by the selected artist(s) at his/her specific sculpture.

The Decatur Artway began in September 2015 with five temporary sculptures in downtown Decatur and continued in 2016 with the placement of five more sculptures in Oakhurst.  The new sculptures will be on display in downtown Decatur from October, 2017 through September, 2019.

Photo of “Prairie Vane”by Dan Perry at 4th Ave. and Oakview Rd. / F.AVE courtesy of Decatur Arts Alliance 

Decatur Arts Festival Poster by MILAGROS Unveiled Tonight!

The duo of artists who brought us the wonderful MARTA overpass mural have also designed this year’s Arts Festival poster.  Be among the first to see it, tonight!  From the Arts Alliance…

Join us on Thursday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 pm for the unveiling of the 2017 Decatur Arts Festival Poster at the Solarium, 321 Hill St., in Oakhurst. It’s free and you get to take home a copy of the festival poster.

Be among the first to see this year’s Arts Festival poster, featuring a painting by MILAGROS — mural and installation artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre. Enjoy an artsy springtime party in Oakhurst with drinks and refreshments provided by Three Taverns, Arches Brewing, Steady Hand Brewing, and Decatur Package Store. Thanks also to Swagalicious, Bennett’s Market and Deli, Gigi’s Treats. Music by Jimmy Galloway.

Image courtesy of Decatur Arts Festival website

Celebrate the New MARTA Overpass Mural and New Playscape This Sunday!

Bouncy house and ice cream!  This poster about sums up Sunday’s event…

MARTA Overpass Mural To Be Completed in April; Underpass Will Become Playspace

From Asst. City Manager Linda Harris on The Decatur Minute

The mural on the MARTA Overpass at W. Trinity Place and Atlanta Ave. is almost complete. The Milagros Collective, consisting of artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Filastre, began work on the mural in the middle of November.

The project was initially delayed in order to do a lead abatement on the steel girders and while the rain was much-needed, it caused more delay in the painting process. The artists worked for a month through the middle of December and one side of the mural is just about finished along with the pilings under the Overpass.  The other side has been pressure washed and primed and is ready for the detail work.

Felici and Joey are part of a residency program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) from the end of December through the end of January.

They will return to finish the mural the first week of April when the weather is warmer so the paint will adhere better.  In addition to finishing the mural, they will be working with Decatur Active Living and the community at the Decatur Housing Authority to enhance the area under the bridge.

The area under the bridge has been funded by a KaBoom! Play Everywhere grant to create a playspace that will give the community a pleasant place to stop by and be physically active.  The space will be an extension of the mural and have features such as hopscotch, four-square, an artist-created bench and more.  The space is also used as a bus stop by the adjacent community and once the mural is complete and the space is activated, it will be brighter, more welcoming, and add an element of fun to the area.

Video courtesy of The City of Decatur via YouTube

New Sculptures Coming To Oakhurst

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I ripped these photos out of the latest Decatur Focus.  (The one with Oakhurst Porchfest on the cover.  Yeehaw!)

According to the article, five new sculptures will be installed in Oakhurst over the next two months, “marking the second phase of Decatur’s Artway rotating public art project, administered by the Decatur Arts Alliance.  The sculptures will remain in place for 2 years, before being replaced by a new round of sculptures.  So cool!

See pictures of the rest of the coming sculptures after the jump.

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MILAGROS Collective Selected To Paint MARTA Overpass Mural


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  For more information about the MARTA mural project, contact Angie Macon, [email protected], 404-371-9583.

Photo courtesy of MILAGROS collective Facebook page

Decatur Looking For Artist To Paint MARTA Overpass Mural


Back in September 2015, you may recall that Decatur won a $15,000 Atlanta Regional Commission grant to paint a mural on the Trinity Avenue MARTA overpass next to the Beacon Hill complex.  In December, the city held a community kick-off meeting to get input on the mural.

Now the city is looking for an artist to make this project a reality.

The Decatur Arts Alliance is requesting qualifications from artists who are interested in creating the mural.  The project will pay the artist $7,500 for their work.

If interested, there is LOTS more info on the project HERE.

Photos courtesy of Decatur Arts Alliance