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MARTA ARTS ADMINISTRATOR RECOGNIZED FOR HER WORK AS AN ARTIST CHAMPION

West End Station, Musician: Dashill Smith

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Arts Administrator Katherine Dirga will be recognized this spring by C4 Atlanta for her work bringing artists and their art to public spaces around Atlanta.

Dirga currently heads up MARTA’s Artbound, an art-in-transit program comprised of permanent and temporary visual artworks as well as live music, theater, and dance presented in a transit environment. You may have seen her efforts at Five Points, Midtown, Ashby, or Airport Stations, to name a few. Large, colorful murals adorn station walls while singers and dancers fill the space with music and movement.

C4 Atlanta will honor Dirga for being an artist champion at its Spark arts and entrepreneurship luncheon in April. C4 Atlanta is an award-winning non-profit arts business incubator, offering Atlanta’s creative community access to high-quality career development services.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performing at Five Points Station

“I love the work C4 does in Atlanta and I’m honored to be recognized,” said Dirga. “Filling public spaces with art in all its forms brings people together and makes communities more vibrant. Using a busy train station as a canvas or stage also gives talented local artists a place to share their art and gain valuable exposure.”

MARTA’s Artbound LIVE program which features live music at rail stations is recruiting new musicians. Sign up at www.itsmarta.com/talent-on-track.

One percent of MARTA’s capital budget is allocated to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performance arts.

Featured photo (top): Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station, Artist: Nick Napoletano (as part of Outer Space Mural Project)

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