Artrospective – 25 Years of the Decatur Arts Festival

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This Pete the Cat sketch, by local artist James Dean, was one of the concepts he offered for the poster in 2010.


The July Lunch and Learn at the DeKalb History Center will explore recent history. Join former Arts Festival directors Jan Selman and Cheryl Burnette, current director Angie Macon, and Decatur Community & Economic Development Department’s Lyn Menne and Linda Harris for a round-table session filled with facts, fiction, stories, and highlights designed to spotlight the colorful 25-year history of the Decatur Arts Festival and its impact on the community.


The Lunch and Learn builds on Artrospective: 25 Years of the Decatur Arts Festival, an exhibit in the History Center that highlights the event’s growth from its humble beginnings to its wildly popular regional blockbuster success. The collection includes festival posters and logos, t-shirts, press clip-pings, and loads of festival memorabilia. A collection of photos taken on the square in the early 1990s provides newcomers and visitors a unique perspective on the evolution of the city.


The event is free. Bring your lunch on Tuesday, July 16 from noon – 1 pm at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur 30030, Second Floor, Superior Courtroom.

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