The Moreland Mural Project is an outcome of revitalization activities in Little Five Points to reclaim its identity as an eclectic, safe, arts-centric neighborhood. The project’s manifold goals are to add vibrancy to the neighborhood, increase public access to the arts, connect artists with community, pay artists fairly, and amplify the seldom heard voice of female artists in Atlanta’s public realm.
The 22 selected multidisciplinary artists all have a strong connection to Atlanta. Each has a unique story, artistic style, and commitment to social engagement. Nearly half of the artists are women of color. The mural design will be a reflection of the Little Five Points neighborhood: diverse, original voices coming together in a single space.
This project is a cross-sector collaboration, involving individual members of the community, the neighborhood organizations of Little Five Points, Inman Park, Candler Park, Edgewood and Reynoldstown, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, corporate sponsors and local businesses. We are fiscally sponsored by C4 Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization, which means that any contribution to this project is tax-deductible.
Photo by Isadora Pennington.
Wouldn't this be so much better with some awesome art on it? If everyone who passed by this wall on a daily or weekly basis contributed to our project, we would be on track to raising our financial goals! Here's the breakdown:
$4,000 - Artist Sponsor
$2,500 - Traffic Safety Sponsor
$1,500 - Grant Match Sponsor
$1,000 - Maintenance Sponsor
$500 - Equipment Sponsor
$300 - Local Business Sponsor
$150 - Neighbor Sponsor
$50 - Proud Supporter
We can't do this without the love and support of the community. We have been so fortunate to spread the word at various events and farmers markets in Atlanta and have gotten SO MUCH SUPPORT from individual donors and art enthusiasts. We are looking for local businesses to join us in making this happen! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. THANK YOU!!!
Sales of these t-shirts directly support the Moreland Mural Project's progress.
The design is a little girl holding onto an octopus, something whimsical and dream-like. There is an expression in the Marshall Islands that translates to "The octopus eats rock," which is a colloquialism for determination. We are determined to make this project a reality. Help us out by getting a shirt today!
The Moreland Mural Project officially began in July 2016 with its Community Ideation Event held in Findley Plaza as part of Little Five Arts Alive. Artists from the project connected with members of the community and passersby to draw, paint, converse and create a vision for the murals on the wall. The artists then created sketches based on these ideas.
This event was supported in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
Artists worked with community members on one large scrolling piece of paper to come up with meaningful ideas, words and patterns for this project.
Artist Amy Ashbaugh gets inspiration from a local child.
Angela Davis Johnson, McKenzie Wren, Charmaine Minniefield, Shannon Willow and Lauren Pallotta all participated in C4's Hatch program pilot cohort. All are artists involved in the Moreland Mural Project with the exception of McKenzie, a local consultant who led a fantastic Hatch workshop on Asset-Based Community Development. Each woman is wearing a t-shirt whose sales support the development of the Moreland Mural Project. T-shirts can be purchased here.
Artist Chavonna Rhodes starts sketching her ideas.
Consultant McKenzie Wren and artist Shannon Willow adding to the idea space. It reads, "Keep Little Five Weird!"
Detail of artist sketch by Amy Ashbaugh.
Detail of Jessica Caldas' sketch.
Sketch by Chavonna Rhodes.
Sketch by Jessica Cook.
Sketch by Daryle Newman
Sketch by Estela Semeco.
Sketch by Iman Person.
Sketch by Jen Tanksley
Sketch by Krista Clark.
Sketch by Lela Brunet.
Sketch by Liz Webb.
Sketch by Manty Dey.
Sketch by Lauren Markham.
Sketch by Lauren Peterson.
Sketch by Sara Santamaria.
Sketch by Shannon Willow.
Sketch by Tori Tinsley.
Sketch by Wyanne.