Atlanta Artist AshleyBella partnered with Wellspring Living to produce a mural installation on the side of the King Center building in Atlanta, GA.
ArtzyBella announced a new completion of a mural by Atlanta native and CEO Ashley Bella. This mural is the first of its kind and the only mural installation completed at the King Center. Today, she is placing the final touches on a beautiful vibrant mural which was commissioned by Wellspring Living’s 20th Anniversary Murals Series. This occasion celebrates 20 years of fighting human trafficking in Atlanta. The mural is located at and can be seen from both Boulevard & Auburn Avenue or Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta, GA.
“It’s pretty heavy to know that I’m the first artist to ever paint on the King Center building. As an Atlanta native and a social entrepreneur who cares deeply about the community – this means everything,” said Bella. “I don’t take what I’m doing lightly.”
Due to ethics and policies around her work, Bella has kept much of what she knows about survivors private. Through mural installations, she has found a way to use art to tell their stories.
“The work I did as an advocate in the anti-trafficking movement was hard because most of the time I couldn’t even talk to my family and friends about what the women were going through and my experience working with them in different safe houses and recovery homes,” she said.
As the founder of her own company, Bella now has the freedom to bring awareness to the cause through her art. She is also a cultural arts advocate, stakeholder, and has an interest in bringing awareness to Aerotropolis Atlanta.
“I’m very pleased with the work that Ashley is doing,” said Cierra Bobo, Brand Strategist at Wellspring who also helped bring the partnership to life. “We are proud to work with Ashley.”
Bobo also assisted with mural installations at Delta Airlines Headquarters and her largest mural to date in Buckhead in partnership with Livable Buckhead. The King Center mural installation is the most recent work and like all of the former works, is one of great significance.
AshleyBella will be doing more murals around Atlanta to continue spreading awareness about human trafficking. Her work with sex trafficking survivors at various non-profits sparked her idea to do art therapy. Prior to working as a full-time fine artist, Ashley worked as a social worker and counselor for over 10 years. Three of those years were spent working with sex trafficking survivors at Wellspring Living’s residential program in Atlanta. She has interviewed over 400 sex trafficking survivors and heard stories of how they were exposed to what is considered the 2nd most heinous crime in the world.
(Press Release from PR.com, by ArtzyBella)