ART Station is in its 31st year of providing quality arts programs to the community. The organization was founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, David Thomas, who formed a group of artists, government, corporate and community leaders from the Stone Mountain (Atlanta) community to form the ART Station Contemporary Arts Center and Theatre Company. The Center is located in Stone Mountain Village, a small Southern town on Atlanta’s east side and adjacent to Stone Mountain, Park, the largest tourist attraction in the State of Georgia. The founding group completed a 3.5 million dollar campaign to purchase and renovate the historic Trolley Car Barn into a contemporary arts center. The Trolley Car Barn was built by the Georgia Railway and Power Company in 1913 and the building served as a terminus for the trolley car system from Atlanta to Stone Mountain which was called the Atlanta Rapid Transit (thus the ART in the ART Station name). The building was renovated into a multi-disciplinary arts center. The ART in the ART Station name comes from a 1913 photograph of a trolley car in front of the building with the wording of “Atlanta Rapid Transit” written on the side of the trolley car.
ART Station is home to its own professional Equity Theatre Company producing new plays, musicals and classics, 3 art galleries, a fine crafts gift shop, a gift shop dedicated to Southern food and culture, classrooms, production and administrative space, and a cabaret theatre presenting Atlanta’s music legends.
ART Station’s productions, programs, classrooms and studios provide a dynamic environment that nurtures talent and ignites creativity. ART Station offers a menu of choices for patrons and artists alike: choices about materials, points of view, and subject matter; choices about challenging our beliefs, and enriching our lives through art.
ART Station programs include: a Professional Theatre Series; a Gallery Series; Fall, Winter, and Spring Classes for children and adults; Summer Arts Camp for Youth; Teen Camp; Performance Company for Youth; Performance Company for Teens; a Children’s Theatre Series; a Cabaret Theatre Series; a Lunch-Time Series; an annual storytelling festival with over 10,000 attendees; and fund-raising events throughout the year.
Today, the dream of the founders of ART Station is a reality with programs serving over 50,000 patrons and students each year.