New arts center planned for College Park

PushPush Film & Theater will move to a new complex in College Park, with plans for artists’ studios, exhibition space, two performance venues, a café, and more

by Andrew Alexander
October 2019

Featured image: A screenshot from Google Maps shows the various buildings of the College Park First United Methodist Church, where PushPush plans to create a new arts center.

PushPush Theater, formerly of East Decatur, is relocating to College Park, with plans for a sprawling new arts center along the lines of the Goat Farm Arts Center, featuring artists’ studios, exhibition space, two performance venues, a café, and more. 

The company has begun its move into the complex of buildings at 1805 Harvard Avenue in College Park, directly across from the College Park MARTA train station and just off of Main Street. The three-floor, 10,000 sq. ft. facility is located behind the College Park First United Methodist Church and includes access to many of the church’s resources including a full commercial kitchen, on-site childcare, and the church’s 800-seat sanctuary, which the organization eventually plans to use as a venue.

PushPush will host its first open house on Saturday, October 19, one of the earliest opportunities for the public to come have a look at the property. Eleven private artists’ studios with full HVAC are available now, and in all, the property will have 27 private artists’ studios, with common spaces for meetings and workshops.

“Thanks to several NEA grants, we’ve found that dedicated space is critical for all the activities and resources we’re building,” says Shelby Hofer, cofounder of PushPush. “SeedWorks, our new development program, is like a Bell Labs for artists … With the College Park Hub, we can now start to fully activate the program.”

“Our goal with the PushPush College Park Hub is to use the framework of our SeedWorks Lab in partnership with mid-career artists to create an intentional community of creators,”  says Tim Haberger, co-director of PushPush Film & Theater.

Andrew Alexander is founder of The Alexander Report.

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