The BuHi Walk is an ambitious proposal to create an alternative path using community-based art installations that promotes walkability and connectivity through the Buford Highway corridor. It is one of the major ideas from the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study for Buford Highway (the “Buford Highway Master Plan”), sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Cities of Chamblee and Doraville. The City of Brookhaven has indicated its intention to adopt recommendations from the Master Plan for its own LCI for Buford Highway.
This year, We Love BuHi is partnering with Atlanta-based arts nonprofit Living Walls to launch The BuHi Walk. Ten artists of color from Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York will spend time embedded with local community organizations during the months of July and August. Production of murals and other art installations will take place over ten days in September, with the project culminating in four days of public programming.
We need your help making this project a reality and invite you to sign up for one of the volunteer positions below!
Artist Assistants (6 per artist): Artist Assistants are asked to sign up for at least four (4) half day or full day shifts over the 10 day production period from September 8-17. Artist assistants will be responsible for providing an extra pair of hands for the artist and fulfilling a variety of duties, which may include but are not limited to the following: making sure the artist is property hydrated and fed; running errands; ensuring that the artist is equipped with paint and other supplies; and communicating with Living Walls and We Love BuHi staff as needed.
Contact: Kristen Consuegra, firstname.lastname@example.org
LECTURES Thursday September 14th *** 5 Volunteers Needed *** Contact: We Love BuHi, email@example.com
Description: Buford Highway is a unique community not only in the metro Atlanta region but in our nation. Living Walls and We Love BuHi seek to foster a deeper understanding and ongoing conversation about the significance of Buford Highway, as well as other similar immigrant communities, for Atlanta and for the country. An evening lecture series and panel discussion kicks off the Living Walls-We Love BuHi weekend of public events by featuring writers and thinkers saying some of the most interesting and powerful things about cities, immigrant communities, food media and culture, and our changing nation.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta GA 30324
Supper Club: 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Canton House Chinese Restaurant)
Positions Available: Event Coordinator; Set up and check in; Supper Club volunteers
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT Friday September 15th *** 10 Volunteers Needed *** Contact: Kristen Consuegra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description:We will be screening the documentary “The Search For General Tso” on an outdoor movie screen provided by the City of Doraville. The screening will be accompanied by a presentation on the history and significance of Chinese-American restaurants for immigrant communities in the United States. Three participating restaurants will compete to win “Five Star General Tso’s Chicken” audience and critics’ awards.
Time: 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Positions and Responsibilities: Event Coordinator; Set up and check in; Food pickup and distribution; Cleanup
BIKE BUHI TOUR Saturday September 16th *** 10 Volunteers Needed *** EVENT COORDINATOR: Michelle Munroe, email@example.com
Description: Bike BuHi is a 10 mile tour of the Buford Highway corridor by bicycle. This year, we will stop at the new Living Walls murals and discuss challenges and opportunities for the corridor. The actual ride is free; lunch from various BuHi restaurants will be provided at the end of the ride for paid riders.
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Locations: Northeast Plaza + 5 stops including Pinetree Plaza
Positions and Responsibilities: Welcome and registration; staff water station; food pickup and distribution; cleanup
Bike volunteers: if you want to be a bike volunteer to assist other riders, please contact Nedra Deadwyler of Civil Bikes directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIGHT MARKET Saturday September 16th *** 20 Volunteers Needed *** Contact: Kristen Consuegra, email@example.com
Description: Living Walls and We Love BuHi present The Buford Highway Night Market, a family-friendly open-air one-night event celebrating the cultural diversity of Buford Highway with music and entertainment, food, crafts, and small goods. As the marquee event for the Living Walls-We Love BuHi collaboration to bring public art to Buford Highway, the night market will take place on Saturday, September 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Northeast Plaza in the City of Brookhaven. Gathering areas and small parks in individual parking spaces will be provided for guests in a PARK(ing) Day installation sponsored by We Love BuHi. Sponsors and community partners are invited to participate in this exciting event by providing staff and representatives to meet and distribute materials to night market attendees. Our expected attendance is 1,000-2,000 visitors.
Time: Outdoor Market 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Indoor After Party 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location: Northeast Plaza/Atlanta Peach, 3307 Buford Hwy NE, Brookhaven GA 30329
Positions and Descriptions: Please contact Kristen or Margarita Rios, Production Manager for the Night Market, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
MAYORS PANEL AND CURATORS TALK BACK Sunday September 17th *** 5 Volunteers Needed *** Contact We Love BuHi, email@example.com
Description: To reflect on the collaboration of Living Walls and We Love BuHi with the Cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Doraville, We Love BuHi will host a Mayors Panel to discuss The BuHi Walk and the future of Buford Highway from a city and regional perspective. Following the Mayors Panel, the executive directors of Living Walls and We Love BuHi will take an honest look back at their joint public art project. They will be joined by two outside observers to discuss the current state of street art and the promise and potential pitfalls for art in community building, particularly in vulnerable immigrant communities.
Time: 11:30 am (Mayors’ Panel sponsored by We Love BuHi); 1:00 p.m. (Curators Talk Back)
Location: Third Rail Studios, 5801 Peachtree Road, Doraville GA 30340
Positions and Responsibilities: Set up and check in, cleanup