So many great reasons to give to the arts in Decatur, Georgia
#1: Art – Outdoors!
Sculptures, murals, and outdoor installations – don’t they seem to pop up all over?
Our rotating outdoor sculpture program, the Decatur Artway has brought 32 sculptures since 2015 to the city. Each sculpture is on view for two years and several including “Dreamsicle”, “Something We Had to Go Through”, and “Flying” – have been purchased using the public art fund, or sponsored by local businesses and are now permanent landmarks.
Many of the murals currently on display in the city are the result of our ongoing partnership with Living Walls.
And have you seen the #LookUpDecatur paintings installed on Decatur street poles? How about the dozens of painted electrical boxes all around town? Both series are organized by Decatur artist Larry Holland and funded by the Decatur Arts Alliance.
All this public art may seem to appear by magic on the sides of buildings, on street poles and street corners, and inside MARTA stations, but each requires planning and funding.
Love how all this public art brings color and imagery to our city? Please make your tax-deductible donation today in any amount.
#2: Affordable Housing for Artists
Housing is expensive in Decatur. We’re working with the City of Decatur to create affordable housing options for artists and creatives at Legacy Park so they can continue to live, work, and thrive in our city.
Together – let’s invest in keeping talent in Decatur.
#3: Music on the Streets
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.
#4: Free Festivals and Community Events
This year we brought back the Decatur Arts Festival and Oakhurst Porchfest after a year-long COVID-19 hiatus. Help us bring back more events this coming year – including YEA! and the Decatur Lantern Parade – and make way for new community art classes.
#5: Ongoing Partnerships
We’re stronger together! Our ongoing partnerships with MARTA Artbound, Living Walls, and the Georgia Center for the Book have resulted in multiple murals, installations, and our critically-acclaimed, annual Book As Art exhibition. All of our community partnerships start right here with you. Help us cultivate more collaborations in 2022 by donating today.
#6: YEA! An Event for Young Emerging Artists
Hugely popular, YEA! is the annual 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.
#7: Gallery Shows Throughout the Year
We reopened our gallery inside the Decatur Visitors Center this fall with added COVID-19 safety precautions. We partnered with Placita Latina, a month-long celebration of Latinx culture in Decatur and Avondale Estates to launch the Emerging Latinx Artist showcase during Hispanic Heritage Month The exhibition highlighted the work of six Latinx artists, from different backgrounds and experiences, each exploring the question; “What makes us who we are?”
We look forward to roaring back in the coming year with more gallery shows. Your financial support is so important to help us make these happen.
#8: Book As Art Exhibition and Virtual Artist Talks
In August, the juried Book As Art v.9 was installed, as per usual, at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Public Library. In addition to the in-person exhibition, 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 make the tenth edition of the exhibit the best to date with a donation to the DAA.
#9: Pedestrian Tunnel Makeover
The pedestrian tunnel between College Avenue and Howard Avenue is getting a full makeover! New lighting and a gorgeous mural by one of Atlanta’s best muralists, Decatur’s own, Sanithna Phansavanh are in the works.
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.
#10: 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.