Buford Highway is the connecting gate for the world to Atlanta and for Atlanta to the world. For several decades, immigrants and refugees from around the world have arrived, and continue to arrive, on Buford Highway in search of new beginnings. These new Americans have created a community that is incredibly diverse, culturally vibrant, and deeply significant.

To celebrate these connections, We Love BuHi is proud to announce the Great Gates of Buford Highway, an ongoing series of tiny, whimsical gates reflecting the cultures of Buford Highway. Commencing in Fall 2017, We Love BuHi will install Great Gates at different business locations along Buford Highway featuring the artwork of local artists.


We are seeking artists with Buford Highway roots, connections, or simply a strong affection and affinity for this unique district to submit design proposals for the detail and background of each gate. Each proposal must include a visual mock-up and a written description.

Proposals are due by July 31, 2017. Installation will commence in August and may be completed on a rolling basis, with a final completion deadline of October 22, 2017.

The proposed design must be of an educational nature with the following themes: the immigrant or refugee experience, immigrant culture, immigrants' rights, or multiculturalism.

Applicants must be residents of the metro Atlanta area. The winner agrees to grant We Love BuHi permission to reproduce their project in print or electronic media.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel composed of the We Love BuHi Executive Director and Program Area Chairs. Submissions will be judged based on relevance to these guidelines, project feasibility, and the quality of the idea. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Submit your application for the Great Gates here. All inquiries can be directed to