January 8, 2021 

Design by Local Artist Melissa Mitchell to Beautify Parking Lot Structure Until Rehabilitation Project this Spring

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) public art program Artbound has debuted a temporary mural at Indian Creek Station on the easternmost point of the Blue Line. Local artist Melissa Mitchell designed the colorful artwork that will beautify the rail station’s old parking lot fare boxes until they are removed this spring.

Mitchell was selected when Artbound extended its Black Artists Matter project to Indian Creek and Kensington Stations. Last July, in partnership with Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur, a call for Black artists was issued to commission works inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the call for racial justice and equity, at East Lake, Decatur, and Avondale Stations.

“The submissions we received during the July call for artists were so inspiring, MARTA decided to extend this opportunity,” said Artbound Director Katherine Dirga. “Melissa is such an energetic artist with incredible talent. After she completed the mural, we learned that this is something that had been on her vision board for years! We knew then it was meant to be.”

Mitchell completed the mural last week and it will remain at Indian Creek until April when the parking lot fare boxes will be removed as part of MARTA’s ongoing Station Rehabilitation Program.

Mitchell has created for major brands such as Essence, Nike, Vogue, and Spanx and has a highly engaged following on Instagram. Follow her here @abeillecreations.

One percent of MARTA’s annual budget is allocated to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performance art. MARTA Artbound provides opportunities for artists year-round with a range of projects encompassing many modes of art. To learn more visit  https://itsmarta.com/artbound.aspx


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