Arts Partners and Resident Arts Companies
"Bank Street Players was originally formed in the mid 1970's, and became a fixture in the dramatic arts of Decatur and North Alabama, producing dozens of excellent productions over the ensuing decades. Economic issues forced the group to disband in the early years at the turn of the century. But like the phoenix, the group reformed anew in the spring of 2012. We chose a board, elected officers, regained our 501C3 status, planned an inaugural season of three plays and a musical, and set about the business of bringing quality community theatre back to Decatur and Morgan County" (About, 2017).
For more information visit: Bank Street Players
"Sul Ponticello is a musical term for string instruments meaning "near the bridge". Decatur, alternatively called "The River City" has a downtown area situated close to the Tennessee River, which is spanned by two traffic bridges and a not too distant railway bridge. Hence, "orchestra near the bridge". Decatur is a city creating a new face in these changing times and with the addition of significant new buildings dedicated to the Arts in the downtown core, it appears that one aspect of that renewed face encompasses the Arts. The time is right to build what has been a missing part of musical life in Decatur and that is the impetus behind "Orchestra Sul Ponticello" (About Us, 2017).
For more information visit: Orchestra Sul Ponticello
"Decatur Youth Symphony is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in 2003 to provide musical education opportunities to students in Morgan County, AL, and the surrounding area. The program currently includes five main string ensembles, a percussion ensemble for culturally “at-risk” students, a one-on-one mentoring program, small ensembles, and various outreach programs, several of which were developed through joint partnerships with other community organizations" (About DYS, 2017).
For more information visit: Decatur Youth Symphony
"At Kelly’s Studio of Dance our goal is to instil in our students a love and appreciation for the art of dance, and to inspire them to achieve their highest potential. While we pride ourselves on producing quality dancers, we also hope our students leave us with much more than just excellence in dance training. We aspire to teach each of our student self-discipline, self-appreciation, and self-assurance. We are honoured to be a part of the Athens community and we extend a warm welcome to all potential dancers! We invite you to join the KSD dance family" (Home, 2017).
For more information visit: Kelly's Dance Studio
River City Performing Arts
"River City Performing Arts has been serving the Decatur area for the past 26 years and has become known for its high standards of excellence in teaching the technique and skill of dance as well as giving its students true insight into the world of dance. RCPA takes pride in the achievements of their students and above all hopes to instill in their students confidence and self esteem" (About, 2017).
For more information visit: River City Performing Arts
" Dancers Inc. believes that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement" (Home, 2017).
For more information visit: Dancer's Inc
"The 44,000-square-foot facility is located at 133 Second Avenue in downtown Decatur across from the Princess Theatre. It represents an investment of more than $8 million dollars from Athens State University, Calhoun Community College, the City of Decatur and Morgan County. College courses taught at the facility will lead to Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with class offerings that include art appreciation, painting, drawing, computer graphics, sculpture, ceramics, and pottery as well as a teaching major, leading to licensure for art instructors" (About, 2017).
For more information visit: Alabama Center for the Arts