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DeKalb County announces its Arts and Culture Relief Grant, funded
by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to support professional artists who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson allocated $250,000 to launch the program which will provide grants of up to $20,000, based on documented financial impact.

The Spruill Center for the Arts and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will manage the program for the county’s Community Development Department and District 3.

The grants are limited to professional artists who reside in DeKalb County, who are at least 18 years old, in any artistic disciplines which includes, but is not limited to music, dance, drama, theater programs, creative writing, painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, folk arts, visual arts, media and other major art form.

Online applications will be available beginning Oct. 19 on the websites of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (www.callanwolde.org) and Spruill Center for the Arts (www.spruillarts.org).

For more information, contact one of the following:

• Alan Mothner, 770-394-3447, ext. 233, amothner@spruillarts.org
• Andrew Keenan, (404) 872-5338, akeenan@callanwolde.org

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The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights is fighting to educate the residents of Decatur through art but they need your help! Donations will go to the artists who contribute their talent to creating art from the perspectives of communities who are often marginalized. You can place donations through Beacon Hill’s ‘Art for the People’ GoFundMe! #DecaturGA

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Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

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Living Walls is back to paint a new mural entitled “Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers” on the wall at the corner of N. Candler and E. Howard on the side of Kelly’s Market and Vivid Hair Salon. The original mural, painted in 2011, was faded and cracked said Living Walls Director of Operations Kristen Consuegra.  She said they now have a different method that can better withstand the elements. Work began this weekend with a bright yellow primer going up first.

The artist, Yehimi Cambron, is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and currently teaches at her alma mater, Cross Keys High School. The project is a culmination of her personal experience as an undocumented immigrant with DACA, of being the daughter of undocumented parents, and of the countless migration stories her students have shared with her in the art classroom through their projects.

Yehimi and Living Walls will be on site painting through June 3. The parking spaces and the sidewalk next to the mural are off-limits while the artist is painting but there is plenty of parking available in the lot behind the building and room to walk on the sidewalk across the street.

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Spotlight on ART! Art happens here, now, and *especially* this weekend. The Decatur Arts Festival comes Memorial Day weekend and brings plenty of pre-festival fun with it:


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Fine Arts Exhibition opening TONIGHT. Tuesday, May 21, 5:15-7 pm at the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building, 141 E. College Ave. Enjoy this juried multimedia exhibition featuring regional and national artists, on view through June 16.


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Dive into literary arts with author talks and a YA live variety game show.
  • Tuesday, May 21, Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke present a new psychological thriller
  • Wednesday, May 22, a panel discussion on author Pat Conroy’s legacy
  • Thursday, May 23, YATL presents a new installment of their young adult literature inspired gameshow, talk show, music mash-up.
Details for all events at decaturartsfestival.com


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Artwalk brings pop-up art shows, demos, music, snacks, and drinks to 18 ARTSPOT locations around town. Free and open to the public.
  • Dalton Gallery
  • Aimee Jewelry and Fine Arts Gallery
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern
  • Butter & Cream
  • Core Dance
  • Different Trains Gallery 1 and 2
  • Georgia Center for the Book
  • HomeGrown Decatur
  • Little Shop of Stories
  • Olive Branch
  • Sq/Ft
  • Squash Blossom
  • Sycamore Place Gallery
  • Trinity Mercantile & Design
  • Vivid Boutique
  • Wild Oats & Billy Goats
  • Worthmore Jewelers
Full details at decaturartsfestival.com


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Drumroll please… The annual Decatur Arts Festival happens this weekend, May 25-26, with an expansive artist market, live music lineup, children’s festival, comedy, literary, and dance events, and more. decaturartsfestival.com

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Spotlight on ART! May is Art Month in Decatur, with events all month long and the Big One (the Decatur Art Festival) on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what’s coming up:


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2019 Festival Poster Unveiling TONIGHT, May 9, 5:30-7:30 at the Solarium in Oakhurst, 321 W. Hill St. See the poster created by artist Amanda Bennett, bring home a copy, and enjoy an evening of music, refreshments, and fun. FREE. decaturartsfestival.com/festival/poster-unveiling


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The Lantern Parade is this Friday night! Light up a lantern and line up at Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Ave., at 8 pm. Or just marvel as the magic steps off at 9 and parades to the square. Perfect for families, photographers… Anyone with eyeballs, really. decaturlanternparade.com / decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/lantern-parade


NEW this year: Buildings, Art and Brew Pub Crawl. Get tickets now for an afternoon of historic architecture, public art, and craft beer on Saturday, May 18. Tickets and information at decaturartsalliance.org/buildings-art-and-brew


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Books for December

Reading Suggestions from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board

One of December’s gifts to us is the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and begin planning to make the new one more purposeful than the last. And with the ushering in of festive celebrations like Christmas, Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and several other religious and spiritual holidays, this time of year presents an opportunity to learn about and engage with a myriad of faith-based cultures and traditions that make our multicultural world kind and joyous.

In The Good Heart, the Dalai Lama argues that the primary purpose of all our major religious traditions is to transform our hearts into temples of goodness and compassion. He concludes that there is tremendous value in exploring and honoring other religious traditions because every dominant religion has the potential to create opportunities for genuine compassion and a spirit of harmony.

We hope you will use this December as an opportunity to engage with the spiritual beliefs of others while you find peace and love in a deeper connection with your own culture and traditions.

The Better Together Advisory Board (BTAB), in partnership with Little Shop of Stories, offers a small contribution to that effort with the following recommendations.



Why Religion? A Personal Story
by Elaine Pagels (Adult)

This memoir of a scholar of religion explores the commonalities and differences of various faiths through the lens of her grief at the loss of her husband and son. She extends these thoughts to how spiritual practices and traditions continue to shape our lives as individuals and as a group, whether religious or not.



One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship
by Mary Pope Osborne (8 years and up)

The author presents the many ways children around the world practice faith. Each chapter places a major religion in historical context and includes how practices and beliefs specific to that religion have shaped and influenced laws and customs, the arts, literature, music, and education.



The Three Questions
by Jon J. Muth (Children)

Based on a story by Tolstoy, this book tells the story of a young boy seeking the answers to three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Under the guidance of a wise old turtle, he learns the precepts shared by all faith traditions – service to others, love, and compassion. The Three Questions is a wonderful way to foster a discussion about embracing all that we share in our spiritual beliefs – that we are more alike than we are different as we strive to be fully present in the world.


You can find these books and many others at Little Shop of Stories, 133 E. Court Square, or online at littleshopofstories.com/shop-online/. Happy Holidays from the Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories.

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Join the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Arts Alliance for the 2018 Decatur Holiday Ornament Unveiling Party on Thursday, September 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Wild Oats & Billy Goats, 112. E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Come see the ornaments, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments and music. Then drop by any of Decatur’s great restaurants and pubs for dinner.

The 2018 ornament will be available for purchase at Wild Oats and Billy Goats that night. They will be available in other Decatur shops including Little Shop of Stories, Trinity Mercantile, Found Co., and HomeGrown, etc. soon.

The ornaments are $18 each and you can save $5 if you join or renew your Decatur Arts Alliance membership. All proceeds go toward the creation of the 2019 ornament.

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The Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia invites the community to the “Tell Me About It” Pop Up Exhibit at Sycamore Place Gallery and Studios (120 Sycamore Place). The exhibit will open with a reception during the Decatur Art Walk, Friday, August 31 from 5-10 p.m. The exhibit will remain open September 1-2 from 1-4 p.m.

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Thanks to the “Fuel Up to Play 60” leadership team for colorful hopscotch boards that they have created at four locations around the City.  The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a collaboration between the NFL and the Dairy Association to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for kids.  They are holding a youth ambassador summit this week at Agnes Scott College with over 200 student leaders and educators from around the country.


Need a reminder about how to play hopscotch?  Here you go,

  1. Throw a small stone, twig, beanbag, or coin into the first square. (If it lands on a line, or outside the square, you lose your turn. Pass the marker to the following player and wait for your next turn.)
  2. Hop on one foot into the first empty square, and then every subsequent empty square. Be sure to skip the one your marker is on.
  3. At the pairs (4-5 and 7-8), jump with both feet.
  4. At 10, hop with both feet, turn around, and head back toward the start.
  5. When you reach the marked square again, pick up the marker — still on one foot! — and complete the course.
  6. If you finished without any mistakes, pass the marker to the next player. On your next turn, throw the marker to the next number.
  7. If you fall, jump outside the lines, or miss a square or the marker, you lose your turn and must repeat the same number on your next turn. Whoever reaches 10 first, wins.


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