The Host Committee has united with arts and advocacy organization WonderRoot to launch a large-scale community initiative titled “Off the Wall.” The project will produce up to 30 public murals to capture the past, present and future of Atlanta’s historic civil rights legacy and current social justice movements. The complete collection of works will become part of the City of Atlanta’s permanent public art collection.

The design of each “Off the Wall” mural will be developed through a series of direct, facilitated community conversations (41 in total) that artists attended, using a facilitation guide authored by WonderRoot and Carlton Mackey, director of the Ethics and The Arts Program at Emory University Center for Ethics and Dr. Karchaik Sims-Alvarado, founder of Preserve Black Atlanta.

Participating communities varied in form and expression with multiple identity, geography and affinity groups represented. Many life experiences, goals, fear and stories were shared and will ultimately help shape the mural designs.  

The murals are slated to be installed in two specific sectors, in the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill that border Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the game will be played, and in the downtown district where tourists and Atlanta residents mix daily.

For more information about the Off the Wall project, please click here.