art | DBF, curated by ArtsATL, returns for fourth year to 2016 AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Atlanta Opera, Serenbe Playhouse and Girls Rock Camp include featured organizations

Aug 17, 2016

art | DBF returns for its fourth consecutive year with a variety of music, dance, theatre performances and visual art installations throughout the three days of the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF), which runs from Sept. 2 to Sept 4.

art | DBF showcases the arts and culture community of Decatur and Atlanta and is curated by ArtsATL, a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy and vibrant arts community in metro Atlanta through a combination of thoughtful, critical analysis, news resources, commentary, programming and in-depth features of the city’s vibrant arts scene across all disciplines –– visual art, design, music, dance, theatre, books and film.

ArtsATL Executive Director Susannah Darrow worked closely with the DBF planning committee to select a lineup of creative talent that was well tailored to this year’s programming.

“ArtsATL is thrilled to partner with the Decatur Book Festival on this year’s art | DBF programming,” Darrow said. “It’s our hope that the thoughtfully incorporated performances and installations will augment DBF’s regular programming and enrich attendees’ overall experience.”

Selected art | DBF performances include:

  • Members of the Atlanta Opera will perform on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage (205 Sycamore Street) presented by Emory University.
  • Girls Rock Camp alumna Laurie Ray will open the Teen Stage (101 West Ponce Plaza) on Saturday at 10 a.m. Ray, a Decatur-based singer-songwriter, volunteers each summer at Girls Rock Camp, which is designed to empower girls of all backgrounds and skill levels through creative expression, music education and collaboration.
  • Serenbe Playhouse will perform pop-up segments from Charlotte’s Web and Miss Saigon throughout the weekend. In addition, on Sunday at 3:45 p.m., the Serenbe players will conduct a session at the Marriott Conference Center B (130 Clairemont Avenue), presented by Atlanta Pro AV, titled, “Behind the Scenes of Serenbe Playhouse,” to reveal how they create their outdoor magic.
  • At various sites throughout the festival, Atlanta multimedia artist Meg Mitchell will create sidewalk chalk art on featured books: The Great Santini, Captain Underpants and All the Single Ladies. Mitchell studied graphic and furniture design at Georgia Tech but found her true passion painting custom signs and menus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country. Over Labor Day weekend tens of thousands from metro Atlanta and beyond share the historic Decatur Square with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers for a weekend filled with literature, music, food and fun. For more information, visit,“like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.