Decatur says YEA! to student art

Market showcasing student art takes place in Harmony Park


Lydia Witter and Sara Zion, co-presidents of Decatur High School’s Art Club, at YEA!

On Sunday, Sept. 22 the Young Emerging Artists (YEA!) market took place in Harmony Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) as an opportunity for elementary school to high school student artists to sell handcrafted goods, like art prints and jewelry, and give live performances. 

In its sixth year, YEA! hosted over 100 student vendors according to Anna Carnes, an organizer for the DAA. The DAA is also responsible for Oakhurst Porchfest and the Decatur Arts Festival. However, YEA! is uniquely targeted towards students.

 “We think that YEA! is an invaluable experience for a young artist, as it allows them to show what they’re passionate about and learn from other artists,” Carnes said.

This year, Decatur High School’s Art Club became one of the 100 vendors. The club sold stickers and prints made by members of the club in their first year participating. 

“This is our first fundraiser for the art club. We want to be able to do stuff and art supplies are expensive,” Lydia Witter, President of Decatur High School’s Art Club, said. She hopes to use the funds for the club to expand into projects using different mediums and to buy additional supplies.

The Waldorf School Orchestra performing at YEA!

Witter and other members of the club were already familiar with the event and had participated individually in previous years, however, YEA! has changed dramatically in the past few years. Since the 50 vendors at the event in 2015, YEA! has doubled in size and in 2017 moved from the Decatur Square to Harmony Park.

The DAA hopes the expansion of YEA! will continue to allow students to explore a career in art and in turn introduce the Decatur community to student artists.

“It’s not just a great experience for young artists, it’s inspiring for other artists who the DAA works with to hear about and see the work of young artists in the community,” said Carnes.