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August 30 - September 1

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In 2013, AJCDBF launched art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the value and visibility of the arts—literary, visual, and performing; increasing accessibility, public involvement, and attendance; and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of arts organizations.

art|DBF celebrates that storytelling, the sharing of new ideas, the creation of characters, and the transportation of audiences to places both real and imagined happens in the pages of a book, but also in the museum, on the stage, in film and video, in the studio, in the concert hall, on public streets and on the walls of buildings, and everywhere else you find artists and creators working.

In 2014, art|DBF will once again present a diverse group of artists and arts organizations who will actively engage our imaginations through stories, artist talks, installations, film, visual art, photography, and musical, dance and theatrical performances, in order to connect our citizens with the arts and cultural opportunities in Decatur and Atlanta.

What will result from this meetup between authors, poets, publishers, readers, bookstores and visual/performing artists, photographers, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers? Conversation. Collaboration. Activation. Creation. Transformation. Celebration.

What will you find at art|DBF?

  • Dedicated space where local arts and cultural organizations can build audience support and promote upcoming projects, exhibitions, installations, artists, and performance seasons.
  • art|DBF Stage: Twelve main-stage programming slots for performances, conversations, and film screenings at the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Decatur High School.
  • A dedicated outdoor performance space on the Community Bandstand in the center of Decatur’s newly refurbished public square lawn where you will encounter storytelling and music throughout the entire weekend.
  • Pop-up performances in both the art|DBF area and throughout the festival grounds.
  • Screening of the 90 Second Newbery Film Festival at the art|DBF stage.
  • and so much more.

art|DBF Schedule

Information about participating artists and arts organizations for 2014 is forthcoming.