Life on the Atlanta BeltLine: Shantaé Robinson and Purple Rain

Shantaé Robinson, in front of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine mural “Purple Rain” (2017)  by Addison Karl and Jarus, for which she was the muse.

Shantaé Robinson first heard about the Atlanta BeltLine in 2007. Engaged in environmental and social justice, the project vision and potential that it had to positively impact the city really spoke to her, and she decided to get involved. Initially, her volunteerism involved helping out at festivals, which she did for a few years. Then she stepped into a role as an Atlanta BeltLine Ambassador for the Westside of Atlanta. Since 2013, she has continued to advocate for the project through various transit referendums and environmental justice campaigns, then as a BeltLine Tour Guide.

“I was inspired to get involved with the Atlanta BeltLine when I realized how revolutionary the project was as far as bringing Atlanta together, through environmentalism, and the community.”

An environmental justice strategist and consultant, Robinson has lived and worked in various locations around the BeltLine and uses it almost weekly—mostly the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail or the Southwest Connector Trail.

“I probably use the BeltLine 60% for commuting to work and to support small businesses, 30% for recreation and 10% for health.”

Her favorite BeltLine spot?

“The Holderness greenspace in Ashview Heights. The trail is right there. The trees provide this beautiful canopy. It feels like a real nature preserve in a historically rich neighborhood.”

Despite her passion for the project and her frequent presence on the trails, she never imagined that she would one day become the muse for one of the BeltLine’s most beloved murals, “Purple Rain” (2017) by Addison Karl and Jarus.

Learn more about Shantaé Robinson’s experience with the Atlanta BeltLine.

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