Welcome to The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur
A short drive or MARTA ride from downtown Atlanta, in Decatur you’ll find a traditional small-town atmosphere — and the sophistication and excitement of a college town — along with all the benefits of being right in the center of a major metropolis. Decatur is a small friendly city, with tree-lined streets, parks and playing fields, a wonderful library, a community recreation center, and great city pools. There also are unique shops, theatres, galleries, and restaurants that range from neighborhood pubs to gourmet dining.
Founded in 1823, Decatur is proud of its history, much of which can be discovered at the Decatur Historical Society, located in the Old Courthouse on the Square, as well as the old Decatur Cemetery, the Decatur Railroad Depot, recently saved and renovated by the Decatur Preservation Alliance, and beautiful old homes dating back to 1820. A schedule of festivals, concerts, and special events fill the calendar each year. The Decatur Arts Festival is an annual Memorial Day Weekend event, and the Decatur Book Festival, featuring major authors, takes place over Labor Day weekend. August brings the BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival, and May and September bring music of every kind during the Wednesday noon Blue Sky Concerts and the Saturday evening Concerts on the Square, just steps away from the Decatur campus.