In collaboration with Legacy Decatur and the City of Decatur, the Decatur Arts Alliance is transforming four unused buildings in Legacy Park into affordable housing and studio spaces for artists. Through direct support for artists and intentional engagement with the public through an annual “give-back” program, the Creative Village will contribute to a thriving creative community and expand Decatur’s equitable access to art programming.
Creative Village Overview
Three buildings with X apartments house up to 42 artists. Shared facility amenities will include a recording room with soundproofing, a pottery studio with a kiln, and paint/material cleaning stations.
The fourth Creative Village building is made up of creative studios, classrooms, and gallery spaces.
The Creative Village housing and studios are located at Legacy Park, 500 South Columbia Dr. and is part of a larger vision for the 77-acre property newly acquired by the City of Decatur in XXXX. Find out more about the park here.
Housing is expensive in Decatur, and there is a significant need for affordable apartments and studio spaces for creatives. The Creative Village is a communal space that will be dedicated to creative expression while supporting the very basic needs of local artists. As it develops and matures, the Creative Village’s “give-back” program will promote community and art at Legacy Park.
Decatur residents and City Commissioners voted in support of the Creative Village project during open forums for city planning in XXXX, entrusting the Decatur Arts Alliance with the task of establishing and maintaining the program. Funding revenues include grants, foundations, and the charitable involvement of local supporters. Several individuals and businesses have already committed to providing in-kind gifts and services to the project. You can too! (link)
Creative Village residents participate in an annual “give-back” program, offering a variety of free or ow-cost art engagement opportunities to the public including open studios, classes, workshops, gallery exhibitions, benefit concerts or public artwork.
How Do I Apply?
For Housing at the Creative Village
The Creative Village artist apartments are currently undergoing renovations! Stay in-the-know by following us on social media, checking back here, and subscribing to our mailing list to be notified when tenant applications open!
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For A Creative Studio Space
Artists may apply for Creative Studios online now! Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis as long as studio space remains available.
How Can I Pitch-in?
Donations of building materials and supplies to complete the renovation of all apartments. All donations are tax deductible, and long-term recognition of donors will be provided on the nonprofit’s website and promotional materials. Sponsorship opportunities available for individual units. Significant donors may also discuss an on-site form of recognition. Please contact us at [contact info] with any questions or to schedule a tour of the location.
Directly support artists in the Decatur community by contributing to the Decatur Art Alliance’s Creative Village Fund. These funds will go towards X, X, and X.