Promote the Use of Creative Placemaking to Build and Maintain the Character of Communities

ARC works closely with local governments to assist them with planning and with implementing their plans in a way that benefits not only local residents, but the entire region. This is done through grants like the LCI program, public/private partnerships like the Transformation Alliance and the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance, and free programs like Community Choices.



Public art more than beautifies a community. If done right, public art projects can foster public conversations about key issues, helping communities better define who they are and what issues are most important to residents.

ARC’s Regional Public Art Program strives to transform communities by engaging residents in the art making process and building pride in their local communities. ARC in 2015 awarded grants to help four communities develop public art projects that focus on the theme of “making history” in the Atlanta region.

The public art initiative was launched by a group of metro Atlanta leaders who were inspired by Philadelphia’s highly regarded Mural Arts Program. The program is administered by ARC and managed with the support of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Grant Recipients

The Decatur MARTA overpass bisects several diverse communities, provides shelter for children waiting for school buses and spans the busy Trinity Avenue corridor, which is used by motorists, pedestrians and bike riders. The overpass creates a gateway to several economically and racially diverse neighborhoods, providing a large, durable concrete canvas to create meaningful public art.

Grant amount: $15,000

In 2016, Hapeville will mark the 125th anniversary of its founding with an oral history/public art project called “Sharing Our Stories.” The project will begin with a community-wide effort to gather the oral histories of current and former residents. These stories will then be compiled and interpreted through works of art – primarily sculpture – that represent one or more of these stories in creative and unexpected ways.

Grant amount: $15,000

The Downtown Development Authority, Preservation Woodstock, and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are planning to install a mural that will highlight Woodstock’s history in a fresh and engaging way. Aside from beautification and placemaking, the goal of this project will be community consensus-building, resulting in a mural that is a source of community pride and admiration. The mural will be located on the Woodstock Pharmacy wall in the heart of Downtown Woodstock, at the corner of Main Street and Mill Street.

Grant amount: $8,000

MARTA’s En Route Community-Based Mural Project uses public art as a tool for MARTA station beautification and as a platform for dialogue around access, mobility, public transportation and other issues determined by the community. The collaborative design and creation of a meaningful, thought- provoking and imaginative mural at the King Memorial MARTA station will provide a platform to engage a variety of voices and better integrate the station into the fiber of the community.

Grant amount: $15,000

mural painted on MARTA overpass in downtown Decatur

A mural will be painted on the MARTA overpass in downtown Decatur, with funding provided by a grant from the Atlanta Regional Public Art Program



What do streams, theaters and Civil War battlefields have in common? They are just a few of the vital resources that contribute to our quality of life in the Atlanta region.

A critical part of regional planning is an understanding and assessment of how our natural and cultural resources should be managed and preserved. Growth in metro Atlanta continues to be rapid and impactful to the people and places it envelops. Because of that growth, it’s important that we, as a region, identify places that make the region great and find ways to ensure their viability.

As such, ARC and the many local governments of the region are working to manage and protect these important places. As a start, ARC worked with local governments, state and federal agencies, local land trusts and conservation organizations to create a Regional Resource Plan that features a robust list of the region’s natural, cultural and historical assets. This resource list is fluid and is regularly updated.

Download the Regional Resource Plan document (PDF)

Summary of Regionally Important Resources

  • Large Water Supply Watersheds
  • Small Water Supply Watersheds
  • Groundwater Recharge Areas
  • Wetlands
  • River Corridors
  • Mountain Protection
  • Lake Allatoona
  • Lake Lanier
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
  • Panola Mountain National Natural Landmark
  • Panola Mountain State Park
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Stone Mountain
  • Allatoona Wildlife Management Area
  • Pine Log Wildlife Management Area
  • McGraw Ford Wildlife Management Area
  • Lake Allatoona USACE Property
  • Big Creek Greenway
  • Lionel Hampton Greenway
  • Johns Creek Greenway
  • Suwanee Greenway
  • Ivy Creek Greenway
  • Camp Creek Greenway
  • Western Gwinnett Greenway
  • Silver Comet Trail
  • Spring Road Trail
  • Concord Road Trail
  • Bob Callan Connector Trail
  • Riverside Trail
  • Lower Roswell Trail
  • Bell Road Multi Use Trail
  • Rogers Bridge Road Multi Use Trail
  • State Bridge Road Multi Use Trail
  • Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
  • Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail
  • Stone Mountain Trail
  • Freedom Park Trail
  • Arabia Mountain Trail
  • Rockdale River Trail
  • Olde Town Conyers Trail
  • Woodstock Greenprints Trail
  • Peachtree City Path System
  • Georgia State Capitol
  • MLK National Historic Site and District
  • Sweet Auburn Historic District
  • Herndon Mansion
  • Wren’s Nest – the Joel Chandler House
  • Fox Theatre
  • Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Plant
  • Ezra Church/Battle of the Poor House
  • Jonesborough
  • Kennesaw Mountain
  • Lovejoy’s Station
  • Peachtree Creek
  • Utoy Creek
  • Nash Farm Battlefield Park
  • Shoupades/Johnston River Line
  • Camp McDonald Park
  • Fort Walker
  • Judge William Wilson House
  • Concord Bridge Historic District and Heritage Park
  • Jonesboro Confederate Cemetery
  • Marietta Confederate Cemetery
  • Soapstone Ridge
  • Fort Daniel
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Marietta National Cemetery
  • Decatur City Cemetery
  • Westview Cemetery
  • Southview Cemetery
  • Georgia National Cemetery
  • National Archives – Southeast Region
  • Georgia State Archives
  • The Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • Auburn Avenue Research Library
  • Monastery of the Holy Spirit
  • The Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • Woodruff Arts Center
  • Pemberton Place
  • North Fulton County
  • South Fulton County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Western Cobb County
  • North Cherokee County
  • West Douglas County
  • South Fayette County/Clayton County Panhandle
  • AW Roberts Farm
  • Lake Laura Gardens
  • Moss Clark Farm
  • Fieldstone Farm
  • Rolling Acres Farm
  • Gresham Galt Farm
  • Mabry Farm
  • Alfarminda Farm
  • Rancho Alegre Farms
  • Southern Belle Farms
  • Yule Forest/The Pumpkin Patch
  • Adams Farm
  • Gibbs Gardens
  • The Spring at Kennesaw
  • Archibald Smith Plantation Garden
  • Barrington Hall
  • Bulloch Hall
  • Goodrum-Abreau House and Grounds
  • Iris Garden
  • Woodhaven (Georgia State Governor’s Mansion)
  • The Atlanta History Center Grounds
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Floral Clock
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Claude T. Fortson Memorial Garden
  • Cator Woodlford Gardens
  • Callenwolde Park
  • Regional Bicycle Facility Network
  • Regional Parks
  • Urban Agriculture Sites
  • Archaeological Linkages
  • Cemeteries
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Theaters



Community Improvement Districts in the Atlanta region are studying ways of renovating existing MARTA stations to make them more attractive and integrate them better into the surrounding area.

Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District are looking at potential transformations of the Five Points and Garnett rail stations. Preliminary plans for the Five Points station, for example, include a mural on the Peachtree Street entrance, new signage, pop-up retail and vending, and new lighting.

Midtown Alliance, meanwhile, has been looking at wholesale renovations to the Arts Center, Midtown and North Avenue rail stations. Possible improvements include pocket parks, pubic art, pop-up cafes, bicycle service facilities and transit towers at each station that would display real-time train and bus arrival information.

Rendering of proposed improvements to Midtown MARTA station

Rendering of proposed improvements to Midtown MARTA station
Source: Midtown Alliance

Rendering shows proposed improvements to the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta

Rendering shows proposed improvements to the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta
Source: Central Atlanta Progress

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Identify cultural resources and promote the development of cultural amenities
  • Encourage opportunities for integration of public art into planning for
    infrastructure and public spaces
  • Foster improved access to cultural assets
  • Connect existing cultural partners with new audiences
  • Seek ways to activate underutilized spaces and transform them into
    community assets