October 6, 2023




ATLANTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) public art program Artbound, in partnership with Flux Projects, Center for Puppetry Arts, and Decatur Arts Alliance, welcomes “Little Amal’ to Atlanta as she continues her journey across America.

Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child who has become an international symbol of human rights and delivers a message of hope for displaced people. She has already trekked more than 6,000 miles across 15 countries for a project called “The Walk."

Little Amal arrives in Atlanta looking for a stuffed animal to keep her company during her journey. Stuffed animals have become steadfast companions to refugee children, offering emotional support, companionship, and a tangible reminder of happier times. All are invited, and especially children, to greet Little Amal and to bring their own favorite stuffed animal.

“We are thrilled to welcome Little Amal at our Decatur station,” said Art in Transit Director Katherine Dirga. “At Artbound, community is at the heart of what we do. Art has the power to transcend boundaries and connect people in profound ways. We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase the transformative power of art, reminding us all that together, we can create a more compassionate and connected world.”

WHAT:           Walk with Little Amal 

WHEN:           Tuesday, October 10

                  5 p.m.  

WHERE:        Decatur Station

                  400 Church Street, Decatur,  GA, 30030

Join MARTA Artbound in this immersive experience as Amal stops by Decatur Station during her visit to Atlanta, and be part of this extraordinary journey that showcases the profound impact of art that unites communities and nurtures compassion in our collective human experience. 

About MARTA Artbound
One percent of MARTA’s annual budget is allocated for its Artbound program which was developed to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performing arts.

About Amal Walks Across America
The national program Amal Walks Across America was made possible with an inaugural investment from the Doris Duke Foundation, as well as leadership support from the Bezos Family Foundation.  Additional generous support was provided by the Backstage Trust, the Barr Foundation, Sunny Bates, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Choose Love, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Ruby Lerner, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Opportunity Fund, The Shapiro Foundation, Students Rebuild, the Thorne Cox Family Foundation, and Barbara Tober in honor of Diane Love.

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