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So many great reasons to give to the arts in Decatur, Georgia

#1: Gallery Shows

We started out strong this year with amazing gallery shows by painters Matthew Blodgett and Jon Abercrombie, and a full slate of visual artists scheduled for the year. Although our plans were sidelined by the pandemic, we look forward to roaring back in the coming year as soon as it’s safe to reopen our gallery in the Decatur Visitors Center.

#2: Home Brew Comedy

Love comedy and Decatur-made beer? We do, too! April Fools Day is the traditional date of our annual comedy night at Three Taverns Brewery. It’s a celebration of local joking, craft beer, and a super fun fundraiser for DAA. Although we successfully moved it online due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to bring it back live where it belongs.

Let’s have one more round of applause for this year’s line-up: Ian Aber, Shaunak Godkhindi, Samantha Gordon, Katie Hughes, Mark Kendall, and our hosts, Lew Lefton and Amanda Marks.

#3: Lantern Parade-in-Place

The wildly popular Decatur Community Lantern Parade, organized by creator Chantal Rytter, is a sight to behold in early May. This year, of course, we were compelled to pivot, and so we invited the community to join us by lighting up their homes instead. And they did! We loved seeing the enthusiasm and blazing creativity bringing our community together.

Whatever 2021 brings, we will certainly again rise to the occasion. Your financial support is so important to help us make it happen.

#4: Public Art

We are so proud of the beautiful sculptures, murals, and installations that have become such an integral part of life in Decatur. But who knew how essential they would become? As the year wore on, and we all had to maintain social distance we were glad these artworks were in place to provide beauty and food for thought when folks needed to get out of the house and stretch their legs.

Although public art is freely available to the public, of course it’s not free. If you found Decatur’s arts scape to be a welcome respite this year, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Decatur Arts Alliance.

#5: Arts Partnerships with Community Groups

There’s a surprising number of arts groups active within Decatur’s 4.7 square miles. And DAA is here to help us all thrive. Just this year we supported &yet, a group show of young emerging artists at the Dalton Galleries at Agnes Scott College. And we teamed up with MARTA Artbound, Living Walls, and with the Georgia Center for the Book, and with Trinity Mercantile for their annual Women Create in-store exhibition. Late last year we hosted a dance photography print show for Core.

We’re stronger together! You can help us cultivate community arts partnerships in 2021 with your donation today.

#6: Decatur Arts Festival Virtual Fine Arts Exhibition

Sadly, we could not have the traditional Decatur Arts Festival in 2020, but we did hold the juried Fine Arts Exhibition. And we innovated with a virtual gallery! In fact, you can still see it here, and the award-wining pieces. However 2021 unfolds, you can be sure we’ll find a way to bring the festival back in some way.

Congratulations to our award-winning artists: Ryan Lamfers, Amy Usdin, Arshaad Norwood.

One of the best things about the Decatur Arts Festival is that it’s free to the public. But of course it takes money to make it happen. If you love the festival, we ask you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Decatur Arts Alliance.

#7: Digital Arts Series

Music! Artist talks! Art lessons! We put together a series of online art experiences through May and beyond. All events were free, open to the public, and presented by way of Facebook Live and Zoom.

You can count on the DAA to come up with innovative ways to bring the arts to our community. But it takes a budget to make it happen, so we are turning to the community for some financial support.

#8: Book As Art Virtual Exhibition

In August, the juried Book As Art v.8: Infinity was installed, as per usual, at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Public Library. But since we could not open it to the public, we provided virtual tours, artist talks, and more throughout its run into October. In fact, you can still view the catalog, and watch the artist-made videos and artist talk videos. It’s an amazing exhibition, and the videos provided access to the artists that expanded the exhibition in new ways.

Are you a fan of the Book As Art? Help us bring it back next year, better than ever, with a donation to the DAA.

#9: Artway Sculptures

October brought a new set of five sculptures to the south side of Decatur where they will be on view for two years. Next year look for five new sculptures on the northside for a two-year run. We’re in our sixth year of this outdoor sculpture program called the Decatur Artway. Over the years, several sculptures – including Dreamsicle, Something We Had to Go Through, and Flying – have been purchased using the public art fund, or sponsored by local businesses.

Help us keep it going! Please dig deep, and make a donation to the Decatur Arts Alliance.

#10: Painted Signal Boxes

Check out the BLM-themed paintings on N. McDonough St. and the two new ones at East Ponce de Leon Avenue at Sycamore Street and Church Street at Commerce Drive.

We’re always brainstorming innovative ways to expand the arts in our community. But it takes a budget to make it happen, so we are turning to the community for some financial support.

#11: Murals

Don’t they seem to pop up all over? The newest one is freshly painted on the wall of Squash Blossom boutique on East Court Square. And there are the two bright new murals painted under the bridge at East College Avenue and Commerce Drive. And surely you’ve noticed the mural that covers the Eastlake MARTA station on West Howard Avenue.

Murals require planning, partnerships, and lots of paint. Love how they bring color and imagery to our city? Please make your tax-deductible donation today in any amount.

#12: Buskers

The buskers are back, bring music to the streets of Decatur, Georgia. The busking program we established a few years ago has attracted talented musicians like @josephereedmusic and @thehumandj to delight and entertain with music of all kinds. So be sure to give them a hand, and drop a tip in that open case.

Here’s another tip: Your gift in support of the arts in Decatur will help us keep musicians playing for all to enjoy.

#13: YEA! An Event for Young Emerging Artists

Hugely popular, YEA! is the September art event just for student artists. They apply online, and arrive on the appointed day ready to fill up their booths with amazing art for sale — everything from high quality handcrafts to fine arts to food — and the line-up for the performing arts stage features non-stop talent. The arts future looks bright.

Your gift in any amount will help us keep this initiative going and launch new creative projects to engage with more audiences.

#14: #LookUpDecatur / BLM

Have you seen the new #LookUpDecatur paintings with #BlackLivesMatter messages on North McDonough Street? These are the latest additions to the series organized and installed on Decatur street poles over the last few years by Decatur artist Larry Holland. This project is funded by the DAA, and you can help keep it alive with a donation.

#15: DAA is a 5013c nonprofit, so your gift is tax-deductible

Help us keep the arts in Decatur free in 2021! Give locally to the DAA, and see the positive community impact of your generosity.

#16: MIA

Three Taverns Comedy Night, Decatur Arts Festival, Oakhurst Porchfest, Decatur Wine Festival, YEA! – Help Us Bring Them Back!

No lie, 2020 was a tough year. Plans were upended, events were canceled, and fund-raising opportunities we rely on just didn’t happen.

But we’re planning arts programming for 2021, and funding, more than ever, is a critical part of the arts equation. Please give now, and generously.

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