Our Story

In 2010, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village was established with the idea of creating vibrancy in the heart of Downtown Woodstock. Elm Street’s mission is to engage the community with relevant art experiences every day. Over time, we have developed a home for artists, patrons, and visionaries alike to thrive and communicate with people and the arts.

Elm Street started as a local non-profit theatre in 2002.

Elm Street (then Towne Lake Arts Center) provides performing arts productions, classes, and camps to and with the surrounding community. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village was formed to provide not only theatrical arts but visual arts, music, dance, and culinary arts. To do so, Elm Street and the City of Woodstock collaborated on acquiring a 4-acre property and green space to grow this vision.

 

Since then, the theatre has expanded to attract the Greater Northern Atlanta area with professional and semi-professional talent as well as receiving 9 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards. We continue to engage our audiences by presenting diverse seasons with cultural and entertaining productions. We’ve extended our outreach by giving schools opportunities to creatively participate in our programming like RepTouR, which sees over 10,000 students every year.

Event Green

Elm Street has constructed an Event Green space and an outdoor stage on our 4-acre property, which holds events such as art festivals, rentals, and our latest addition to our programming: the Lantern Series. We are currently establishing a Visual Arts Center and Pottery Studio on this property and have plans for a culinary garden, natural playground, and a new theatre performance space.

Our vision is to create an art center for community through ordinary people with extraordinary art.

We believe that an inspired community can do more. Our goal for the property is creating a multi-disciplinary cultural center and providing a huge range of arts experiences for this dynamic community. We aim to create conversations and we want to make those stories with you.

Every journey starts with a question.

Be Bold, challenge everything, seek creativity.

Character defines the organization.

What we say and do will align to always put our best foot forward. As an Art Center, the craft is vital. But we will remain committed to the impact of that art on people first to never lose sight of the craft’s importance and priority. Progress over Perfection. We will always be content, but never satisfied.