Atlanta, Georgia isn’t usually rated amongst the coolest places to visit. But local Georgians are changing that view themselves. They invited over 100 international artists to brighten up dead spaces through fantastic street murals.
“From a global perspective, there is a change happening,” Campana says. “Young people, young professionals, young urbanists are really caring more about living in better cities. Places where you can walk and feel safe doing that. Going to a farmers’ market vs. going to a regular grocery story. Supporting local businesses. I think, in the past five years, this is something that’s been booming. Creative folks also want to be a part of that, and public art is a great way to put ideas in your face.”
Locals also started a new Instagram hashtag – #weloveatl – and were amazed with what happened next.
“We expected 30 or 40 pictures,” says Coury, “but within 30 days, we had 5,000 photos.”
“By the spring of 2013, the collection had grown to 10,000 photos. “That’s when when we realized it was a grassroots movement that had a life of its own,” Barr says, “and we started wanting to show things in different ways around the city.”
Moxley says one of #weloveatl’s original “mantras” was the idea of “taking the art from the city streets to the city streets.”
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This is just one of the inspirational stories of locals taking charge to improve their own places. This is the key idea behind the Better Beaufort Action Plan – https://betterbeaufort.com.au/better-beaufort-action-plan/.