Arts and Culture in DeKalb County

Whether you are visiting Atlanta’s DeKalb County for the first time or have lived here most of your life, chances are you will be amazed at the vibrant and diverse arts and cultural community that calls DeKalb County home. DeKalb County is a source for talent and a place where artists and arts organizations can learn, develop and become discovered.

As one of Georgia’s most culturally diverse counties, DeKalb offers unique and collaborative opportunities with its blend of traditions, cultures and histories from around the world. DeKalb County’s arts community is international in scope and combines traditional, ancient, modern and cutting-edge genres into a well-developed community.  The time you spend in DeKalb County can be invaluable, enriching, educational and entertaining.

DeKalb County is a source for talent and a place where artists and arts organizations can learn, develop and become discovered.

Art, Music, Dance and Theatre Venues located in and around DeKalb County.

The Academy Theatre is highly regarded for its productions of classic and contemporary plays, as well as its strong educational outreach programs including a Theatre for Youth Artists-In-Schools Tour, Senior Touring Ensemble and numerous play development projects with underserved, at-risk and special populations

ART Station is located in an old trolley station in the heart of Stone Mountain Village and houses an intimate theatre and five spectacular art galleries.

CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance since 1980. Known for its riveting, passionate and unique work, CORE has been internationally acclaimed in performance, tours and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the Republic of Georgia.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center serves DeKalb County as a community events and fine arts center hosting concerts, performances, exhibits and other special events.

DeKalb Choral Guild has presented choral music to the Atlanta area for three decades.  The Guild has brought together people from all walks of life to share and enjoy classical and contemporary choral music.

DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Established in 1964, the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra has served the community by offering audiences an enjoyable symphonic experience in a relaxed, unpretentious, affordable setting.

Georgia Shakespeare is a professional theater group that offers a casual atmosphere while presenting some of the finest plays.

Marcus Jewish Community Center serves as a cultural community center in Dunwoody and features rotating exhibitions along with performances at the Center Theatre.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art features an impressive permanent collection along with rotating exhibits at the campus of Oglethorpe University.

OnStage Atlanta, with a semi-professional theatre legacy since 1971, is an organization of individuals who are passionate about the impact the arts have on the community.

The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center is a 42,000-square-foot facility, located in South DeKalb County, that includes a 500-seat main auditorium for theatre, dance and musical productions and offers day and evening classes to the community.

PushPush Theater, an award-winning theater dedicated to the development of performing artists, aims to be a force in cultural progression by supporting and providing artistic and cultural development and offering the outcomes to the community through a wide range of innovative programming.

RAD (Rail Arts District) boasts some of the city’s largest community art studios, relocated Buckhead galleries, and dozens of individual studios for visual and performing artists. The action is taking place along a one-mile stretch of CSX rail line that passes through downtown Avondale Estates, into Decatur’s Laredo Drive industrial area, and along East Ponce De Leon Ave into Scottdale.

Spruill Center for the Arts exhibits rotating collections in their gallery along with art instruction in the city of Dunwoody.

Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain provides quality arts training to young people and offers a number of events throughout the year including theater, dance as well as vocal and yoga classes.