Archive for the ‘Art & Culture’ Category

The mural on the MARTA Overpass at W. Trinity Place and Atlanta Ave. is almost complete. The Milagros Collective, consisting of artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Filastre, began work on the mural in the middle of November.

The project was initially delayed in order to do a lead abatement on the steel girders and while the rain was much-needed, it caused more delay in the painting process. The artists worked for a month through the middle of December and one side of the mural is just about finished along with the pilings under the Overpass.  The other side has been pressure washed and primed and is ready for the detail work.

Felici and Joey are part of a residency program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) from the end of December through the end of January.

They will return to finish the mural the first week of April when the weather is warmer so the paint will adhere better.  In addition to finishing the mural, they will be working with Decatur Active Living and the community at the Decatur Housing Authority to enhance the area under the bridge.

The area under the bridge has been funded by a KaBoom! Play Everywhere grant to create a playspace that will give the community a pleasant place to stop by and be physically active.  The space will be an extension of the mural and have features such as hopscotch, four-square, an artist-created bench and more.  The space is also used as a bus stop by the adjacent community and once the mural is complete and the space is activated, it will be brighter, more welcoming, and add an element of fun to the area.

The video shows the artists at work and at the end of their last day they are caught on camera a little weary but still smiling!

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Tuesday, May 24
• Decatur Arts Festival Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:15-7 p.m.
Community Budget Gathering, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25
Blue Sky Concert, noon-1 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26
Bright at Night Walk, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27
• Decatur ArtWalk, 5-10 p.m.
EnCORE: Dance on Film, 7-8:30 p.m.
Eight is Great at Worthmore Jewelers, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Decatur Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Concerts on the Square, 7-9:30 p.m.

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2016 Code Updates and Contractor Information Session

The City of Decatur’s Design, Environment and Construction Division (DEC) is reaching out to all builders and contractors who have previously done work in the City of Decatur to participate in a 2016 Code Updates and Information Session.

Representatives from the Building Section of DEC will be on hand to present information on a variety of topics related to permitting, construction and development in the City of Decatur.

The session will be held on January 25th at 4PM at the Community Room at the Leveritt Public Works Building, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030

This year’s topics will include:
1. New and amended building codes for 2016 issued by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs;
2. Review of common zoning regulations for single family residential properties;
3. High Performance Building Standards Update;
4. Plan Reviews: plan submittals and resubmittals; and
5. Revised procedure for permitting, inspections and project closeout.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards, participants will be able to ask questions and enjoy refreshments. Space for this event is limited, so please RSVP to Building Official Mark Ethun at 678-553-6508 or mark.ethun@decaturga.com.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Now until Oct. 15: Denim Sale at Sq/Ft. Buy one, get one half off.

Sunday, Oct. 11: Decatur ArtWay art opening – five new sculptures in downtown Decatur.

Monday, Oct. 12: A Night to Give Back at Iberian Pig. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the evening’s sales to The Giving Kitchen.

Tuesday, Oct. 13: Albondigas Making Class at the Iberian Pig, $39 per person, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16:
• Prairie Underground trunk show at Squash Blossom this weekend.
• The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is coming through Decatur today.
• Decatur High School Homecoming parade and game

Saturday, Oct. 17:
    • Decatur Craft Beer Festival
    • Complimentary wine tasting at Wahoo! Wine & Provisions, 4-7 p.m.
Mingei Day of the Dead Pop Up at Duck’s Kitchen, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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This Is Something We Had to Go Through

“This Is Something We Had to Go Through,” by James Davis | Northeast corner of Sycamore and Church streets

Five Sculptures Are Now Installed in Downtown Decatur.
They are the first part of the Decatur Artway, the public arts initiative established by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur.

Check them out anytime, and join us Oct. 11, 2-4 pm, for the opening reception with the artists. Look for tents set up near each installation and enjoy light refreshments as you view the sculptures. Information about the pieces and the artists will be available. Find out more about the Decatur Artway here.

"Mortification,” by Matthew Phillips | Upper MARTA plaza, near Squash Blossom at 113 E. Court Square

“Mortification,” by Matthew Phillips | Upper MARTA plaza, near Squash Blossom at 113 E. Court Square

The Decatur Artway is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance in partnership with the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.

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Head over to East Decatur Station between 6 and 9 p.m. tonight for Decatur’s biggest little festival of art, crafts, jewelry, music, local brews, food and fun. For a full list of events and vendors, visit the Big Pop Up Facebook page.

If you aren’t from the Decatur area and need to Google Map the event, enter: 111 New St., Decatur, GA 30030.

See you there!

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Decatur's ICMA Professional Fellows with two members of the city's human resources staff. From left to right: Ngan, Morgan, Thongvone and Connie.

Decatur’s ICMA Professional Fellows with two members of the city’s human resources staff. From left to right: Ngan, Morgan, Thongvone and Connie.

The City of Decatur was selected as a host community for the ICMA Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program. This program is a partnership between ICMA and the U.S. State Department and brings fellows from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to the United States. U.S. fellows then have the opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia later this year. The East Asian/Pacific countries are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Fellowship focuses on the themes of legislative processes and governance practices, accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement and offers opportunities for international knowledge sharing and exchanges between professionals from U.S. host communities and their ASEAN counterparts.

We have two fellows living and learning in Decatur this month, one from Vietnam and one from Laos. They are blogging about their experiences (in English!) and their impressions of Decatur may help you see the city through new eyes.

Here is a little bit more about Decatur’s fellows:

Thongvone Sosamphan (Laos) – Thongvone’s latest blog post about Decatur

  • Has been working on humanitarian mine action and development in Laos since 2011
  • Previously worked at the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining in Geneva, Switzerland
  • CEO of the Insect Flour Group Company, a start-up looking for solutions for nutrition based on the local culture

Community Challenge (special project working on while in the U.S.) objectives:

  • Learn how Decatur fulfills it’s obligation to support people with disabilities
  • Learn about how a community deals with injustice

Ngan Nguyen (Vietnam) – Ngan’s latest blog post about Decatur

  • Working as an official of the International Relations Department of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU).
  • Currently she is program officer of some projects on prevention of human trafficking, hygiene and water system for poor communities, wheelchairs for disabled persons, and scholarships for poor girl students

Community Challenge (special project working on while in the U.S.) objectives:

  • Learn about various strategies to support disadvantaged persons, specifically focusing on poor women and girls.
  • Learn about the best practices in the community development field – management and leadership skills, government transparency, and accountable engagement with citizens.
  • Experience and understand the lives of people from diverse cultures, who are currently living in the America.

Interested in having Ngan and/or Thongvone talk to your organization/group about their work? Please contact Casie Yoder at casie.yoder@decaturga.com or 404-371-8386.

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2014 Marketplace Logo (2)

When: Friday, Dec. 5 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 6 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Clairemont Elementary School, 155 Erie Ave.
Website: www.DecaturHolidayMarketplace.com


If your holiday gift list has you feeling stressed, look no further than the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe. Now in its 22nd year, the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe offers a local alternative to crowded shopping malls and big box stores as Clairemont Elementary School transforms into a festive market, boasting nearly 100 local and national artisans. Featuring handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and more, this holiday market offers unique gifts for everyone on your list.

The event also hosts a well-stocked cafe, featuring homemade soups and decadent desserts from local eateries. Local musicians and carolers will be on hand to add holiday cheer. If you’re shopping with children in tow, kindergarteners and older can join in the fun on Saturday afternoon with Art and Science activities provided by Colorwheel Studio and Science Fun. Parents can pre-register online for the activities at the marketplace website.


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Who: Kosmo Vinyl
What: There’s Only One Kosmo Vinyl, USA Debut, Solo Art Exhbition
When: Nov 15- Dec 6, 2014 (hours TBA)
Where: Lightroom, 115-A North McDonough St.
Website: www.buybritishart.com/kosmo-vinyl

Fresh on the heels of the Winston Churchill Paintings  exhibition at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum comes another art show and Georgia debut for an iconic and irreverent British icon, of sorts.

The Wall Street Journal called the Churchill exhibit “a bit of a coup, to put it mildly, for Georgia.” Fans of The Clash and Ian Dury & the Blockheads may be right to add that the premiere of Kosmo Vinyl exhibition is also a coup for our state – not to mention City of Decatur.

Kosmo Vinyl is one of the key figures of the 70s British Punk scene, best know as the promoter/manager/mogul of The Clash and Ian Dury & the Blockheads. His pop art influenced collages with a punk aesthetic pay homage to his beloved West Ham United Football Club and the England National Team.

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Bye Bye Birdie at STM front

Watch as small town Sweet Apple, Ohio goes into an uproar when Elvis-like icon Conrad Birdie has a contest to kiss one girl in America before shipping off in the Army. Full of fun 50’s rock and roll, several dozen hysterical teen girls, poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, a few New Yorkers, and a “greasy, bongo-playing heartthrob,” this show will have kids tapping their feet and adults enjoying its nostalgic charm. You’ll recognize some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including “Put On a Happy Face,” and the lively “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

Second and third weekends in September, September 12-14, and 19-21, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

More information: http://www.stmgaparish.org/stewardship/parish-life/stm-theatre-ministry/
Directions: http://www.stmgaparish.org/about-stm/contact-us/
All performances at St Thomas More, Decatur, GA, in the Notre Dame de Namur Center behind the church.


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