In 2013, AJCDBF launched art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the AJC Decatur Book Festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the 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 throughout 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.
7 Stages is a professional, non-profit theatre
company devoted to engaging artists and audiences by
focusing on the social, political, and spiritual
values of contemporary culture. 7 Stages gives
primary emphasis to international work and the
support and development of new plays, new
playwrights, and new methods of collaboration.
This year, the Decatur Book Festival will host a special screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. The festival screens annually in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland . . . and now Decatur!
Young filmmakers in the Atlanta area are encouraged to submit their own 90-Second Newbery movies for possible inclusion in this August's screening.
Ever since 1922, the Newbery Medal has been
recognized as the most prestigious award in
children's literature. But it turns out that any
book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes
pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds.
The movies we've received in the past years have been
ingenious, hilarious, and impressive—from musicals
to stop-motion Claymation, from puppet shows to
Ashley Filip, Billy Gewin, and Allison Adams have each been singer-songwriting fixtures on the Atlanta area scene for more than a decade and have been making music together for seven years. Ashley, Allison, and Billy take turns backing one another up on their original tunes on guitar, mandolin, bass, and ukulele, but their trademark is their striking vocal harmonies and literate and lyrical songwriting. Read more and listen to clips at ashleyfilip.com, allisonadamsmusic.com, and billygewin.com.
ARÍS is a collective of artists who share a commitment to fostering the traditions and expressions of Celtic culture and sensibility, which is connected to our contemporary society and setting in the southeastern United States.
We wish to explore, teach, promote and present the
best of what is Celtic to the broadest possible
audience in Atlanta and beyond. This encompasses the
Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English artistry; theater,
music, dance, storytelling, poetry and prose reading,
in a way that is innovative, exciting and inclusive.
ART PAPERS is the independent critical voice covering
contemporary art and culture in the world today. An
Atlanta-based nonprofit organization founded in 1976,
ART PAPERS provides an accessible forum for
examining, discussing, and documenting the full
spectrum of contemporary art and culture. We do this
in print, online, and through public programming.
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive
transportation and economic development effort ever
undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the
largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment
programs currently underway in the United States.
Since 2010, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has showcased
dynamic installations and performances of established
and emerging artists along the emerging system of
parks, trails, transit, and development that reclaims
a 22-mile loop of historic rail lines around the
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit
arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the
photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta
art community. ACP hosts an annual, citywide
photography festival in October, the largest annual
community-oriented photo festival in the United
States. The festival includes a wide variety of
exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and
throughout the surrounding communities. The
festival's diverse offerings bring together
professional and amateur photographers, general art
enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics, and collectors.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) is a
non-profit, non-collecting institution dedicated to
the creation, presentation, and advancement of
contemporary art by emerging and established artists.
ACAC creates a diverse cultural landscape for
artists, arts professionals, and the art-interested
public through its Exhibitions, Educational
programming, and Studio Artist Program.
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is one of the most
prolific classical companies in the country,
producing no less than one play per month every month
of the year, and often as many as 14 shows per
season. The ASC is the executor of numerous cutting
edge arts-in-education models, harnessing a
combination of comprehensive performances and
interactive workshops as tools to inspire creative
thought, teamwork, and a "yearn to learn" in more
than 20,000 students annually.
BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ is a global
empowerment campaign and signature brand. We believe
in the beauty found in every human being. Our goal is
to showcase, celebrate, and affirm the depth and
breadth of that beauty. Two signature projects of
Beautiful In Every Shade™ are Typical American
Families and 50 Shades of Black. We seek to offer
everyday people from around the world a chance to see
themselves and others in a way that many never have
BURNAWAY is an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization dedicated to providing critical coverage
and dialogue about arts in Atlanta and the Southeast
since 2008. BURNAWAY exists to champion and support
the vibrant creative communities in our region. We
fulfill this mission through our online arts
publication, critics-in-residency program, writing
workshops, annual print publication, and public
BURNAWAY promotes, develops and connects the arts in Atlanta and the Southeast to create a more thriving and recognized arts community.
C4 Atlanta connects arts entrepreneurs to the people, skills and tools they need to build a successful￼a living making art. C4 Atlanta values learning and reflection from all of its stakeholders.
In all the professional development opportunities we
offer, we facilitate the learning process more than
we teach. We strive to help artists surpass
sustainability so that they can focus on what’s
important: making art.
Nan Kimberling, Mary Beth Bryant, Erin Cassel, and
Jessica Messere are four women cellists performing in
and around Atlanta. These classically-trained
cellists like to rock out on eclectic arrangements of
classical, rock, pop, to original songs. Celli aims
to blur musical lines and change the view of how the
cello is performed by presenting it outside concert
The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural
treasure—a magical place where children and
adults are entertained and enlightened! Since 1978,
the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the
wonder and art of puppetry through enchanting
performances, curriculum-based workshops, hands-on
museum exhibits, as well as Distance Learning and
Vivian Clifton has consistently loved and studied
music. She's been lucky enough tolive the life of an
artist for three years. In addition to singing at
parties, clubs, and cathedrals in The States, Europe,
and Canada, Vivian has written music for Refuge Dance
Company, and played piano as a double for an actress
in a TV show airing on ABC this fall. She will be
releasing her first album of original work January
CORE is dedicated to innovation, collaboration and
artistic risk-taking. A professional dance
organization founded in 1980 by Sue Schroeder, CORE
(Several Dancers Core, Inc.) creates, performs and
presents contemporary dance. From its homes on the
Decatur Square and in Houston, TX, CORE promotes
dance awareness and education through three
organizational initiatives: CORE Performs, CORE
Presents, and CORE Connects. CORE Performance
Company, the professional contemporary dance company
of CORE, focuses on the ongoing development of the
artistic process through the creation of new work.
Crusade for Art’s mission is to build artists’
capacity to create demand for their work. We do this
by educating and mentoring artists to higher levels
of creative and professional development, and by
incubating, through programs and advocacy, innovative
solutions that connect artists with their audiences.
Dad's Garage has been entertaining Atlanta audiences for 19 years with our innovative, hilarious, goofy programming. We perform comedy improv every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at our temporary home in Little 5 Points, 7 Stages. We also have awesome scripted shows, special guest stars and even super fun events like our annual fundraiser BaconFest. Keep up with us at dadsgarage.com, and come have a bucket of beer and some laughs with us!
Deer Bear Wolf is a collection of the various animals
that roam the city of Atlanta. Our mission is to
showcase, support, and connect the talented creatives
in and around this city. Deer Bear Wolf is a
magazine, a record label, a small press publisher, an
online retail store, and so much more.
Founded in 2009, ChaiTunes is Emory University's newest a cappella group. As a Jewish singing group, they celebrate and explore Jewish culture through music. ChaiTunes sings both secular and religious music and welcomes members of all religious affiliations. They have performed at various religious schools, synagogues and￼nursing homes, as well as at Emory-sponsored events through SAPA, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, and many student organizations. They would like to thank Hillel at Emory University, the Emory community, and the Atlanta community for their support during ChaiTunes' foundational years, and they hope to provide an outlet for music and Jewish culture for many years to come.
AHANA A Cappella is Emory University's oldest Multicultural, Co-ed, Hip Hop and R&B A Cappella group. AHANA stands for African Hispanic Asian and Native American.
No Strings Attached was founded in 1994 and is Emory's oldest a cappella group. In the past, No Strings has performed at Atlanta Hawks and Braves games, for past Presidents and other celebrities, and annually at various prestigious events on campus including our University's Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. In addition, NSA is available for private bookings and travels internationally, touring countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Panama as ambassadors of Emory. The Gentlemen of NSA aspire to bring spirit and joy to the Emory community and beyond.
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery presents new artwork in
all its forms, creating a culture of participation
for artists and audiences alike. Since 1998, Eyedrum
has brought before audiences works of art that
resonate across a broad range of sensibilities with
an emphasis on the experimental, new forms and work
that is not presented elsewhere. In the summer of
2014, Eyedrum opened the doors of its new home in a
historic building in Downtown Atlanta.
Kevin Sipp is a fine artist, independent scholar, and
curator with expertise in printmaking, painting,
sculpture and multi-media installation. A Florida
native, he has lived and worked in Georgia since the
early 90's where he received a BA in Printmaking from
the Atlanta College of Art. He currently lives in
Stone Mountain with his wife Euneika Rogers-Sipp
where they own a hybrid art & design studio, called
SIPPCreative, and are raising their two year old
Meredith Kooi (b. 1985 Chicago) is a
performance/visual artist, editor, and arts writer
based in Atlanta, GA. She is currently a monthly
contributor to the art criticism site Bad at Sports
and the editor for Radius, an experimental radio
broadcast platform based in Chicago. She is currently
pursuing a PhD in the Graduate Institute of the
Liberal Arts at Emory University, where she teaches
undergraduate courses in Visual Studies and
Bryant O'Hara is a programmer, poet, occasional musician, and budding maker—not always in that order, sometimes all at once. He currently works as a software developer in Atlanta, GA. Bryant has recently been published among the winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2013 Poetry Contest and in the Eyedrum Periodically online magazine. To listen to more of Bryant’s poems and other works, please visit soundcloud.com/bryant-ohara
Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory is a non-profit
organization dedicated to providing professional
performance training opportunities to create the next
generation of theater artists and patrons. Since
2007, we have produced over 60 shows, achieving
critical accolades including being named Atlanta’s
"Best Rising Theater Company" by Creative Loafing in
2012. With a great venue, a revolutionary new
producing model, and nearly ten years under our belt,
we have established our own unique name within
Atlanta’s theatre community.
The Film Love series provides access to great but seldom-screened films, and promotes awareness of the rich history of experimental cinema, from the 1890s to today. Through public screenings and events, Film Love preserves the communal viewing experience, provides space for the discussion of film as art, and explores alternative forms of moving image projection and viewing. Voted Atlanta’s Best Film Series by Creative Loafing, Film Love has presented over 125 programs since 2003.
Full Radius Dance, one of the nation’s top physically integrated modern dance companies, is comprised of professional dancers with and without physical disabilities. Inclusion in the performing arts, and in particular, dance, creates powerful, passionate and innovative work. In addition to our acclaimed artistic repertory, we have a deep commitment to education and outreach. fullradiusdance.org
Mike Germon is a collage artist living and working in
Atlanta, GA who regularly shows work at Beep Beep
Gallery. He earned his BFA in Fine Art / Digital
Media from the University of Georgia and currently
works in the art department on local film and video
projects. Time travel, alchemy and the Exquisite
Corpse have all served as thematic and stylistic
underpinnings of Mike Germon's collage and
installation work. He's currently looking towards
science fiction and mythology for context while still
relying on the visual elements of religious and
scientific source materials. Atlanta arts writer
Jerry Cullum's reaction to a recent installation in a
group show offers a concise description that is
applicable to much of Germon's work: " [It] was the
most reflective in juxtaposing potent shorthand for a
bunch of incompatible belief systems, all of which
have in common the effort to impose a grid of meaning
on the mess of history."
John Carroll is an Atlanta based writer and artist
who uses found text and abstract painting with a
focus on reduction to formulate hidden messages of
hope that can be found in books, newspapers and
magazines. After ten years of writing essays,
journalism, poetry and fiction he decided to take his
craft in another direction with his focus on erasure,
or black out poetry. He set out to create a new black
out poem everyday for a year to test his endurance,
creativity, and passion to inspire others to not just
look at the big picture, but to see what has been
hiding in front of them all along. The artist has
concluded his prolific year-long project of
generating and engaging a large social media
following through daily posts of original black out
Sophisticated and funky, casual and friendly, Horizon
Theatre Company is the place for the best in
contemporary theatre—smart, entertaining, fun, and
provocative. Fresh stories by today's writers that
connect people, inspire hope and promote positive
change. Created by award-winning directors and
performed by top-notch professional actors, you’re up
close and personal with outstanding theatre in our
intimate Little Five Points home. Now in its 30ths
season, Horizon presents an adventurous mix of
nationally and internationally acclaimed writers and
up-and-coming young talent.
Kelly Kristin Jones earned her MFA from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and served as
Post-MFA Faculty Fellow at the University of Georgia
(2013). Jones’ relationship to photography is
flexible as she explores community and culture
through both performance and documentation. Jones is
a recipient of the 2014 MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist
Award. Her work has been featured in The Guardian,
Guernica, Fraction, and Reframing Photography.
The Indie Craft Experience (ICE) was founded in January 2005. With a vision to provide indie crafters an opportunity to sell and promote their creations in Atlanta, ICE quickly caught on as a favorite event for participants and attendees alike. ICE is organized by two local crafters who also happen to be Atlanta natives—Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey. Inspired by indie craft markets in Chicago and Austin, the Indie Craft Experience was founded in order to provide Atlanta with a major indie craft event. In addition to craft markets, ICE also organizes a vintage market called Salvage ( salvageatl.com ), an annual Pop-Up Shop during the holiday season and an online shop called The Curatorial ( thecuratorialatl.com ).
Down the well-traveled highways of America comes
Lily and the Tigers, rambling from town to town,
infecting hamlets and cities alike with their
arresting indie folk. Each song spins an intricate
web of love and friendship while betraying a dark,
pastoral undercurrent. Depending on the night, you
might find the group on a candle-lit front porch
swapping songs ’til sunrise, or perhaps churning
through a set at some jam-packed outdoor festival,
winning (broken) hearts & minds.
Lostintheletters is a literary organization
consisting of a bi-monthly reading series, a
soon-to-be launched quarterly workshop series and The
Letters Festival. Lostintheletters was recently
awarded Highest Ranked Reading Series by LitBridge
and has hosted a diverse array of local and national
writers. The 2014 Letters Festival will take place
November 6-8th, find out more at:
Music in the Park ATL was founded by Grammy
award-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams with a
mission to enlighten young performers and inspire
vibrancy in communities through music and performing
arts. Music in the Park creates an opportunity for
Atlanta youth, many who have limited access to music
instruction and programming, to experience live music
by playing with professional musicians in a real
performance beyond a classroom. For the past four
years, this unique experience has attracted many of
Atlanta’s own acclaimed musicians to join youth
musicians for an incredibly multi-cultural event.
Children's parade participants:
Mausiki Scales and Common Ground Collective
Atlanta Brass Connection
Whistle Blowers (Children’s whistle parade)
The National Museum of Decorative Painting was
created in 1982 for the purpose of collecting,
preserving, and displaying the art of decorative
painting. The Museum, located in Atlanta, Georgia,
houses over 1500 examples of decorative painting of
historical and contemporary significance and of
artistic merit. Additionally, the Museum provides
exhibitions and educational programs for the public
to increase their appreciation and understanding of
decorative painting, its heritage, methods, and
The Guerilla Haiku Movement is a Public Art
Experience that has traveled to over 40 cities
nationwide since 2011, joining communities in
spontaneous interaction and dialogue through the
succinct power of haiku. Participants cover their
neighborhoods with sidewalk-chalked poetry inspired
by what they experience. In Atlanta, Out of Hand
Theater hosts Guerilla Haiku as part of our mission
to engage Atlanta in interactive theatrical
experiences in public spaces. Start counting
Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, is now in
its 27th season and has grown to become one of the
largest such festivals in the country. Our October
festival spotlights more than 75 narrative features,
documentaries, short films and local flavor, as well
as visiting filmmakers. In 2013, received a
prestigious grant from the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences for its visiting filmmaker series.
The Possum Hunters perform old-time music, country-blues, work songs and spirituals. They started playing two years ago at the Grant Park Farmer's Market, and have been sharing their danceable, participatory music around Atlanta ever since. Spinning out variations on old-time American fiddle tunes, folding powerful harmonies into traditional folk songs and ballads, Possum Hunters find the balance between rootedness and spontaneity. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, vocal harmonies and flatfoot dancing.
PushPush is an artist-driven non-profit that
cultivates distinctive artistic development
opportunities for theatre and media artists.
Developing artists and ideas, we cultivate, create
and connect globally. We attract artists from other
dynamic cultural centers and provide rare
opportunities for hundreds of youth and adult artists
to develop and collaborate. We seek to raise the bar
of quality theater, film and hybrid performance work
by created a set of resources that enable
professional and emerging artists to explore new
ideas and achieve excellence and greater impact.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. Visit the official SCAD blog at scad.edu/blog or scad.edu.
Serenbe Playhouse is a professional theatre committed
to site-specific performances and programs that
connect art, nature and community. Serenbe Playhouse
believes that theatre is an art form with a unique
power to illuminate the human experience; and does so
by producing artistically rich, open-air theatrical
performances for audiences throughout Greater Metro
Atlanta. By reducing the barriers between audiences
and the artists-in-residence, the playhouse provides
numerous opportunities for engagement, conversation,
Soul Food Cypher (SFC) believes in the power of
speech to transform the lives of individuals and
their communities. As an organization, we look to
change the negative perceptions of rap through our
cypher events, membership program, and community
outreach. Our aim is to provide the lyricist
community with a safe and nurturing environment where
their voice and artistry can grow; Ultimately,
forming more well-rounded and productive members of
A contemporary dance company based in Atlanta,
Georgia, Staibdance has made an indelible mark on
contemporary dance both locally and abroad since its
founding in 2007. Staib's work has been described as
"magnetic, tense, and euphoric" and the dancers
described as "highly technical with a mastery of an
extensive movement￼vocabulary." Above all, Staibdance
is committed to the art and act of dancing, to
exploration of mood, nuance, music and sincere
movement. We hope to create, teach and present
contemporary dance that is as accessible as it is
Synchronicity activates communities toward social
change through powerful, transformative theatrical
experiences. In collaboration, Synchronicity supports
women artists, forges long-term and effective
community partnerships and develops new work. Now in
our 17th season, we reach nearly 8,000 patrons
through our contemporary plays for adults (Bold
Voices) and families (Family Series); community
outreach; and educational efforts, including our
award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG) program and
our Playmaking for Kids summer camps and after-school
The mission of Théâtre du Rêve,
Atlanta’s unique French-language theatre company, is
to bring the language and cultures of the
French-speaking world to life on the American stage.
We strive to create a true dialogue between American
and French-speaking artists. Théâtre du
Rêve also offers live theater and Francophone
culture to students. With a team of highly
professional, bilingual artists, the company has
performed classical and contemporary plays and
company-created productions for nearly 18 years.
Theatre for the Very Young is an artistic experience for
children ages 18 months – 5 years that overcomes age and
developmental barriers, expanding the consciousness of
the very young audience members. Each production
nurtures creative thinking, allowing the very young to
experience art and culture on their terms.
Stories that stir the soul.
OUR VISION: Creating compassion – one story at a time.
OUR MISSION: Starting the conversations that matter.
Artistic Director Tom Key has produced many writers of the American South: Truman Capote, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Hank Williams, Tennessee Williams, Carlyle Brown, S.M. Shephard-Massat and Elyzabeth Gregory￼Wilder. Our venue is the award-winning Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first LEED certified theater by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962.
P. Seth Thompson lives and works in Atlanta. He
graduated in 2005 from Georgia State University with
a BA in Film and Video and in 2011 received his MFA
in photography from SCAD-Atlanta. From 2011-2103,
Seth worked as Curatorial Assistant in the department
of Modern & Contemporary Art at the High Museum of
Art. Thompson’s work has appeared in Art in America,
The Atlantan, Bad at Sports, Burnaway, Creative
Loafing, and WABE. Thompson is represented by Sandler
Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Whether we’re reviewing
work on our website, hosting a reading, or selling
small press books at one of our guerrilla bookstores,
the heart of Vouched Books is this: we love small
#weloveatl is a community-driven photography organization that brings together Atlanta photographers to tell simple & authentic photographic stories of their love for the city and the people that inhabit it. Since 2012, it has mounted non-traditional gallery exhibitions that display the work of Atlanta photographers to raise money for local charities – including the #weloveatl mobile photography gallery truck, a "food truck for photography” that brings the celebration of Atlanta's streets to the city streets.
Sabi seeks to push the boundaries of ballet through the creation of new works by the next generation of choreographic talent. Wabi Sabi allows Atlanta Ballet to enhance the scope of the existing repertory, while also offering new artistic challenges to its company dancers. Wabi Sabi performances are performed at Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre and other venues throughout the city.
Wabi Sabi takes its name from a Japanese worldview
that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and
integrity of the natural world. As one of the newest
dance initiatives in Atlanta, Wabi Sabi combines our
city's own emerging choreographers with beautiful and
engaging venues for amazing, unique performances that
bring art to the people.
Tracy has always loved stories – hearing them,
creating them and telling them. She began her journey
as a professional storyteller by visiting Head Start
centers in Southern Appalachia. Since then, she has
shared stories with people in many places – from the
St. Louis Storytelling Festival to the Tale Spin
Festival in Chattanooga, and lots of libraries,
schools and festivals in between. Her first
storytelling CD—Never Hire a Fox—will be
released by Road Candy Records in spring, 2014.
The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Tony-Award
winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High
Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic
excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at
the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location.
The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable
education programming, through each of its arts
partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff
organization focused exclusively on education.
The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)
encourages the exchange of ideas and artful thinking
to inspire visitors and engage them with the vibrant
arts community of our region. The ZMA presents
significant works from Kennesaw State University's
permanent collection alongside borrowed artifacts,
objects, and contemporary works by local, nationally,
and internationally respected artists. Through the
creation of uniquely curated exhibitions and events,
the museum serves as a center for the exploration of
contemporary society through the arts.