Studio Rentals

The Creative Village, a joint venture by Decatur Arts Alliance and Legacy Decatur, aims to foster an equitable and accessible creative hub in Decatur. In its final stage, the project will offer artist work studios, creative amenities, and income-restricted housing for artists. This creative community will nurture Decatur’s economic and cultural growth, benefiting artists, residents, and businesses. Located in Legacy Park, the initiative comprises four repurposed buildings: Edwards, Trustees, and Smith for residential use, and Hyatt for work studios, classes, and creative events.

 

Community partners Essential Theater, Fishbone Art, and Paint Love were instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Hyatt Cottage, and the Atlanta Foundation and LuluMa Foundation were generous funders.

Available studios

Hyatt cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 1

120 sf - 2 closets
Northeast Windows

$295/month

Hyatt cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 2

120 sf - 2 closets
Northeast Windows

$295/month

Hyatt Cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 3

96 sf - 1 closet
Northeast Windows

$240/month

Hyatt Cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 4

120 sf - 2 closets
Southwest Window

$295/month

Hyatt Cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 5

120 sf - 2 closets
Southwest Windows

$295/month

Hyatt Cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 6

120 sf - 2 closets
Southwest Windows

$295/month

Hyatt Cottage in Legacy Park

Studio 7

178 sf - large closet
Southeast Windows
private bathroom

$435/month

FAQ

About the Project

Four unused buildings in Legacy Park will transform into the Creative Village, a lasting resource for the cultivation and perpetuation of a thriving artistic community in the City of Decatur. In response to the critical demand for affordable spaces for artists to work and in recognition of the positive impact art has on a community, the Creative Village seeks to provide accessible opportunities for artists and community members.

 

Three buildings in Legacy Park will offer affordable housing to artists, increasing accessibility for lower-income and emerging creative professionals. Through facility amenities and collaborative workshops, the Creative Village will foster residents’ growth while also facilitating a community “give-back” program, which will provide free or low-cost art engagement opportunities to the public. The fourth Creative Village building will be reserved for private artist work studios, classrooms, and gallery spaces. 

The artist studios are located in the Hyatt building in Legacy Park. The park’s address is 500 South Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30030.

Legacy Decatur is currently renovating the residential apartments to prepare them for tenants. Please follow Legacy Park and the Decatur Arts Alliance on their social media platforms to be notified when applications for the residential apartments open.

Applying to the Creative Studios
Artists may apply for the Creative Studios by using the application form on this page.

Applications will be available Monday, July 1, 2024 until Sunday, August 11, 2024.

The Decatur Arts Alliance will contact artists directly to notify them of acceptance results. Please note that the review process may take some time, and that artist disciplines and studio compatibility may influence acceptance decisions.
The Creative Studios are best suited for visual artists, but other disciplines will be considered as well. Artists who work with materials that are difficult to dispose of, such as clay or acrylic paint, may be accepted with specific guidance about disposal procedures.

For the time being, ineligible disciples include but are not limited to metal fabrication, welding, and aerosol, as well as musical instruments and recording setups.

Absolutely not! The Creative Studios are intended to provide affordable access to centrally located work spaces for artists from the Metro-Atlanta area. Decatur’s “Avondale Estates” MARTA station is a walkable distance from Legacy Park, which offers another level of accessibility.

The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks to curate a group of artists that will compliment each other’s skills and offer a variety of opportunities for community engagement. Artists’ portfolio, medium, and vision for community contribution will be considered by a diverse panel that could include working artists, Decatur officials, Legacy Decatur staff, Decatur Arts Alliance staff, and community stakeholders, among others.

In the event that a lease is terminated before the full year term, an artist from the most recent round of submissions will be invited to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the lease period.  This artist will be eligible for lease renewal at the next full term.

Yes, we encourage artists to reapply, especially to highlight new work since the previous application review.
Yes, previous applications will not be automatically considered for new rounds of applications. You must reapply for each cycle in which you would like to be considered.
Facilities

Please reference the available studios listed on this page and the building map to review the specific studios available.

The Creative Studios building offers 24/7 access, Wifi, water, electricity, air conditioning, adjustable track lighting in each of the studios, a large kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator, individual locks for each studio, utility sinks, non-gendered shared restrooms, and a gallery space. Artists are responsible for outfitting their studios as they see fit.

Legacy Park prohibits smoking of any kind on its grounds. The artist studios are strictly for professional work and may not be used in any capacity as a residential facility. Use of hazardous materials must be disclosed at the time of application and explicitly approved by the Decatur Arts Alliance.  Any artist who does not abide by the Code of Conduct risks termination of their lease agreement at the discretion of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Yes, artists will be provided with parking passes that permit free, unrestricted parking throughout Legacy Park with limited parking immediately adjacent to the Creative Studios.

Yes, artists may share studio space with other artists, contingent upon prior and explicit permission from the Decatur Arts Alliance.  Please list all artists who will use the studio space in the application.  Please note that each artist approved to share the studio will be required to submit a background check, due to the recurring presence of minors in the facilities.

Cosmetic modifications are permitted with prior approval from the Decatur Arts Alliance. Artists should include specific requirements for their craft in the studio rental application to determine room adequacy before entering into a rental contract.
Costs
Please reference the individual studio listings to review the studio measurements and costs, as they vary slightly.

The Decatur Arts Alliance is offering 1-year leases, with the option to renew at the end of the term, contingent upon approval.  Studio artists will be required to participate in quarterly open studio events, as organized by the Decatur Arts Alliance.

The monthly rent includes the cost of Wifi, electricity, water, and a twice-monthly cleaning service of the shared spaces. Artists are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their individual studios.

There is no fee to submit an application for studio space in the Hyatt building.

Yes, a security deposit of one month’s rent is required upon signing the lease agreement. If the studio is left in its original condition upon the end of the lease, as determined by the Decatur Art Alliance, the full deposit will be returned to the artist within thirty days after the lease agreement ends.  Specific details regarding the security deposit and its forfeiture/return are provided in the lease agreement.

Other Policies

Artists will be required to participate in quarterly open studio events, scheduled by the Decatur Arts Alliance. At least 6 weeks notification will be provided to artists before the open studio events.

Yes, due to the presence of minors in the shared Hyatt building, selected artists will be required to permit the Decatur Arts Alliance to run a background check before entering into a lease agreement. Decatur Arts Alliance reserves the right to rescind an initial offer of studio space should the artist’s background check cause concern.

Application

Affordable, in-town work studios.  Collaborative environment.  Supportive community.  Be a part of it!

 

Lease term is September 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025.

 

Applications are open July 1 to August 11, 2024.

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Artist Contact Information

Legal Name
If different than legal name.
Residential Address

Artist Demographic Information (Optional)

The Decatur Arts Alliance is committed to providing equitable opportunities to artists. Although our organization acknowledges that race is a social construct and individuals are not easily categorized by physical origins or features, accurate data regarding program participants permits our organization to ensure that we are serving a diverse population. The following information is collected for informational purposes only, completion is entirely optional, and responses will not impact the selection process in any way. Demographic data is also utilized by the Decatur Arts Alliance when applying for foundation grants and governmental funding.
Artist age range
Race and ethnicity (check all that apply)
Estimated annual individual income
Applicant identifies with any of these special categories (select all that apply):

Artist Portfolio Information

If you conduct business as an entity other than your legal name, please include that information here.
For example, you might describe that space for an oversized canvas with a large drop cloth will allow you to experiment with a new technique of acrylic painting style.
Selected Value: 1
Artists are reminded that the work studios may not be used as residences in any capacity.
For example, you might expect to establish a large enough of a body of work to begin traveling to festivals across the Southeast, and you might hope to connect with an artist skilled in mural painting to begin pursuing more large-scale installations.
The Creative Village project provides affordable and accessible studio space to cultivate a thriving creative community in and around Decatur, GA. Participating artists should be open to interacting with other artists and willing to engage with the general public as a means of developing a thriving creative community. Artists are encouraged to consider how they would fulfill that component of the project's vision.
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Studio Preference/Use Information

I'm interested in renting:
Will the applicant utilize any of the following elements for their craft?
Do you intend to share the studio with other artists?
The applicant understands that they assume full responsibility for rental payments and the conduct of those with whom the studio is shared.

Agreement and Acknowledgement

The 2024-2025 studio lease term will begin on September 1, 2024 and expire on August 31, 2025. During the full 12-month lease, artists are expected to actively use their studio space, participate in the required quarterly (4) open studio sessions, and contribute to the collaborative culture of the Creative Village project. The opportunity to extend the studio lease for an additional year may be offered to select artists at the sole discretion of the Decatur Arts Alliance. The studios are not to be used residentially in any capacity, and Decatur Arts Alliance reserves the right to terminate the lease of any artist who does not abide by the provided Code of Conduct. The lease agreement will provide further details about the terms of the studio lease.
The artist acknowledges their careful review of the information provided above and agrees to its terms. The artist also attests that the information provided on this application is accurate and that all submitted artwork is the artist's original creation.
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