The Goat Farm Arts Center
About The Goat Farm Arts Center
The Goat Farm Arts Center is a major visual & performing arts center in Atlanta. What was once an underutilized historic site went through a major expansion and was given new form in 2009. Part of the expansion opened up 20,000 square feet dedicated to five new performance and exhibition halls and spaces. The Center now hosts classical & contemporary music concerts, traditional and experimental theatrical performances, film screenings, contemporary dance performances and art exhibitions. The Goat Farm received “Best Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Rise” in 2011 by the Atlanta Magazine and “Best Use of Historic Property” in 2010 by Creative Loafing Atlanta.
The expansion also added a cafe/library, an on-site organic farm, a 5000 square foot sprung floor for contemporary dance, newly built creative studios now occupied by more than 380 artists and an education Platform, Stimulus Diffusion, that provides a curriculum through affiliate organizations One Love Generation, C4 Atlanta, Burnaway.org, Eyedrum and The Creatives Project. Recently added to Stimulus Diffusion are professional ballet and contemporary dance classes through its award winning resident dance troupe gloATL.
The Center houses two artist-in-residency programs as part of its Stodja House Platform through affiliate organizations The Creatives Project and Mint Gallery. Stodja House is the Goat Farm’s support platform for artists-in-residence (both visual & performance). The Goat Farm is also home to resident performance companies gloATL, Saiah Arts International and The Collective Project Inc. under the Stodja House Platform. The platform provides free long-term studio or rehearsal space & program marketing assistance.
The Arts Center’s vision is “to push culture forward through comprehensive support of the arts”. Primarily exploring experimental and innovative works the Goat Farm is a laboratory where creative risk is nurtured & celebrated. The Goat Farm executes this mission through an unconventional for-profit arts model and does not operate on public funding, donations or grants.
Believing the arts to be an economic driver for Atlanta, the Goat Farm Arts Center provides its performance and exhibition halls through a curatorial process. Once selected the Goat Farm invests in and works with the artists and/or performance groups to actualize the concept.
All Goat Farm Recipients receive its AIP (Arts Investment Package) which includes financial assistance, direct funding, production assistance, marketing assistance and rehearsal / performance / exhibition / classroom space. The Goat Farm AIP vehicle invests over $150,000 annually in arts funding, financial assistance and in-kind contributions.