YEA! (Young Emerging Artists)

A unique opportunity for students in grades K-12 to coordinate their own youth arts festival, YEA! allows young artists to gain practical experience in event organization, marketing, presentation, and sales.


Student artists present their handcrafted goods in an artist market while young performers showcase their talent on a performance stage.  Decatur Arts Alliance provides the venue, tables, and event necessities; the student artists coordinate the rest!


About the Program

YEA! (Young Emerging Artists) is a student-led arts event that includes an artists’ market and student performances.  Decatur community students in grades K-12 complete an application detailing the artwork they’d include in a booth or their proposed performance, and invited artists are selected via a random lottery after the application period closes.


Decatur Arts Alliance provides tables, chairs, and tents (if outdoor booths).  Students must bring all necessary materials to decorate their booth space, display their artwork, and collect payment.  This program is designed to cultivate entrepreneurial skills in the arts, so guardians are encouraged to permit students’ independence during the event.

YEA! will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2024 between 1-5pm.

The 2024 YEA! event will occur inside the Solarium, with performances and some upperclassmen artist booths on the front lawn.  The address is 319 W Hill St., Decatur, GA 30030.

Applying for an Artist Booth or Performance Slot

Artists may apply for an artist booth and/or a performance slot by using the application form below.

Applications will be available July 1 until July 28, 2024 exclusively on the Decatur Arts Alliance website.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, July 28, 2024. 

The Decatur Arts Alliance will contact artists directly via the email provided on the application to notify them of acceptance results.  Artists will be notified of the jury’s decisions by Wednesday, July 31, 2024.


Artists are required to confirm their participation by Monday, August 5, 2024.

The suggested artists’ market disciplines on the YEA! application include, but are not limited to: Jewelry, Photography, Drawing/Painting, Sculpture/Ceramics, Mixed Media, Health/Beauty, Candle/Soap, and Culinary Arts. 


Performances could include singing, playing an instrument, dancing, poetry or spoken word, or group skit performances, among other disciplines. 

In consideration of the youth-centered nature of the program, the Decatur Arts Alliance reserves the right to remove artwork/end a performance that is considered offensive or inappropriate.  Art should not be overtly mature in content and should be appropriate for all ages K-12.  No health or beauty services will be permitted, including Henna tattooing.

There are no restrictions on performance length!  Students are invited to provide details about their performance type and length when applying.  As invited performers will be randomly selected via lottery, DAA reserves the right to adjust the performance lengths as necessary.

Absolutely!  Artists can indicate on their application if they’d like to share a booth table or perform with other artists.

Yes, artists can apply for both a booth space and as a performer.  A random lottery will select participating artists for both elements of the event, so acceptance to one aspect does not guarantee acceptance to the other.  If the artist is accepted to both elements, they must secure a youth booth sitter during their performance time.  Adults are not permitted to manage the booth in any capacity.

Any young emerging artist in the Decatur community is welcome to submit an application.  This could include students whose parents work in the city, who attend classes in Decatur, or who are enthusiastic about the many great experiences Decatur has to offer!

After the application window closes on July 28th, Decatur Arts Alliance staff will input the names of all artists’ market applicants into an online random selection tool, which will determine the invited artists. Performers will be selected via the same process.

Yes, a short waitlist will be determined and notified of their status, in the event that an invited student artist is unable to participate.


No, there is no fee to apply!

Yes, invited artists’ market participants will need to submit a $10 booth fee using the link provided via email to reserve their spot.  Booth fees are due by Monday, August 5th.


There is no participation fee for performers.

No, Decatur Arts Alliance doesn’t take any percentage of sales.  All profit is for the artists!

Other Details

Yes, Decatur Arts Alliance will provide microphones and a speaker system.  Performers should provide any cables necessary to plug in instruments to a sound system.  


Please be aware that any backing tracks must be provided to DAA staff by Monday, August 5th.

Decatur Arts Alliance doesn’t require specific setup for booths, but artists are encouraged to consider what elements might make for a successful booth experience.  Some jumping off points to consider:



Booth decor: table coverings or decorations (limited outdoor upperclassman booths will have tent coverings and could have hanging decor)

Artwork display methods: easels, boxes for various display height levels, jewelry display cases

Signage: booth sign, price list, artist process details

This event is for young emerging artists to develop necessary entrepreneurial skills for a career in the arts. All artwork must be crafted by the student artist, and we encourage parents/guardians to allow students to lead the preparation and set-up process.


Parents/guardians are NOT permitted in the artist booths during the event. Participating Artists should be capable of independently facilitating the sale of their artwork.

Artists may request a student booth sitter if they need to take a short break. Parents/guardians are NOT permitted to run the booth at any point.  More information about requesting a booth sitter will be provided in the welcome email.

Absolutely!  Students are encouraged to volunteer to help set up tables and tents, as a booth sitter during the event, and to help with breakdown.


Please carefully review the information provided in the FAQ above.


FAE! will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2024 from 1-5pm at the Solarium.


Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, July 28, 2024. 


If you have any questions, you may email

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Are you applying as an individual or a pair/group?
Only one application is needed for a group performance or a shared artist booth. Please be aware, ALL members of a performance group must be in grades K-12.
If applicable, please provide an email for each artist, indicating the associated student. For example, Georgia O’Keeffe:
Please include an email for the guardian contact for each artist, indicating the associated student. For example, Billy Ray Cyrus: (Miley Cyrus)
If applicable, please include the cell number for each artist, indicating the associated student. For example, Amanda Gorman:
Please include the phone number of a parent/guardian for each artist, indicating the associated student. For example, Nat King Cole: 404-371-4983 (Natalie Cole)
The student artist is applying for
Students may apply for both an artist booth and performance slot. Invited artists will be selected via random lottery, so participation in either capacity is not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to participate in the event as a volunteer if they aren't selected for an artist booth assignment. Please indicate your interest in volunteering, in the event your application is not selected.

Artist Agreement

By submitting this application, the artist affirms that all students listed in this application have parent/guardian permission to participate in YEA!. The artist acknowledges that space is limited, and invited artists will be selected via random lottery. Information about set-up times, parking details, and a link to pay the required booth fee will be sent via email to the addresses provided. All applicants will be notified of lottery results by Wednesday, July 31. Confirmation of participation and the required $10 artist booth fee is due by Monday, August 5.
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