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What did our kids do during K.A.M.P.?

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Our first full day K.A.M.P. during Fall Break was great!  Check out what a pair sisters who attended ended up doing during the week!  We were so lucky to have them and are proud to present to you all a lip-sync video for the hit record “Sit Still Look Pretty” by Daya, and performed by Lucienne and Vivvy (Vivi 😉 )

See you all soon!

First Day of After School!

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Parents and Friends!  The time is here!  It’s been an amazing Summer with lots of work and paint and sweat and tears.  All of the effort has gotten us to the point where we now stand, on the cusp of opening day!  We are excited and honored to host such a unique after school experience, and we treasure the opportunity to serve your family!

If you have not already done so, please return forms and the application from the 2016 Parent Pack.  A link to download them is here.  Download

The Märchen Sagen Academy for Visual Storytellers kicks off at 2:30 p.m., August 1st!  See you soon!


Register Now for Afterschool!

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The time is upon us!  We ARE opening our doors on August 1st!  Registration is open and we have a few slots left!  Green Screen, Stop-Motion, Video Logs, Music Videos, Creative Writing, Short Films, Beat Making and many many more awesome things are happening at The Märchen Sagen Academy for Visual Storytellers After School Program over the next year!  We look forward to hosting your kids and welcoming your family!  The fun starts August 1st!

Is your family already registered?  Please download, fill out and return the 2016 Parent Pack as soon as possible!

Click the link below and sign up today!


Our First “Festicciola” (The Little Party)

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We are here!  Our little kick-off party on Friday (the 13th 😉 felt like the entire city was there!  It was a blessing to have our big day coincide with City of Decatur’s Lantern Festival.  Plenty of kids and folks from the community were around and we thoroughly enjoyed spreading the word about what we will be doing here!

What an occasion and reason to celebrate my friends! Earlier in the day, we signed our paperwork with Private Bank of Decatur and received the necessary support to get our little nonprofit off of the ground!  The 13th of May will always be remembered as our Founders Day!

Our Signing Day

Arianna, Eric Swilling (Private Bank of Decatur), Leonard Thibadeau (co-owner of the Houston house), Toni and myself, Rob Beall (Private Bank of Decatur) and Stephen (co-owner of the Houston House).

“Festicciola”, as Arianna says, is an Italian word that roughly translates to “the little party”.  We plan to make this day a day to be remembered annually, reminding us of our humble beginnings, big dreams and the manifesting of the initial vision into substantial and physical form.  We are so happy to announce this little academy’s arrival in Downtown Decatur.  Please check out some of the pics in our gallery below.  Also, the pics were from late in the evening and there are a LOT of people missing from earlier in the day!  Our first investors Devaughn and Shahnaz love you guys!  Jon, Cohen and Kate were great!  Khalfani and Makeda you guys came through!  Bill and Karen thx for coming out with the kids and friends!  See all of you soon!

Outside Shots From The House Today!

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I posted some of these pics on our Facebook site today.  Check’em out!


Now Pre-Registering for all 2016-2017 Sessions 20% Off

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It is the inaugural year of The Märchen Sagen Academy for Visual Storytellers!  We will be holding a celebration for the next month!  20% off of all sessions in the 2016-2017 school year!  Your child will collaborate with groups of kids and produce exciting, engaging videos and audio!  With access to The Houston House, Decatur Square and surrounding areas, our canvas is broad enough to find inspiration in many places!  Register your child now to experience a new and innovative take on aftercare!  Visit our Eventbrite page to pre-register, links to e-sign, automated forms and applications will be sent June 15th.

We look forward to serving your child and the community!


Downloads And Donations!

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Renfroe Middle School recently performed their own rendition of “Fiddler On The Roof (Jr.)”.  My family and I attended the premier and loved it!  Emma, our daughter, was in the play and we enjoyed seeing the fruit of her hard work, as were all the other excited family and friends in the building.  The next morning, I saw an email that it was not filmed and that they needed a videographer for the show in the afternoon.  I immediately responded and prepped as much as I could considering the notice 😉  It was filmed with a Panasonic GH4 in 4K through an Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-44MM lens.  The sound was recorded using a Rode shotgun mic.  After some discussion on distribution methods, Dhwani and I came up with the idea to make it available for download, asking only for a donation in return.  The proceeds will be split, with half going to Renfroe Middle School programs and the other half going towards our “Build a Studio For Kids” campaign for the Houston House.  I had a discussion recently with CoD School Board Member Lewis Jones and we agreed it would be awesome to utilize kids from the academy to film future productions within the city.  Great idea!

Please visit the link below and scroll down to download Renfroe Middle School’s rendition of “Fiddler On The Roof (Jr.)”!

The link is on our GoFundMe campaign page here:  Downloads And Donations

New Flyer Design!

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Here is the design for the new flyer!  We are excited to put this little dream together and present it to the world!  Thx for the support guys and please make sure you subscribe to the mailing list!!!


Marchen Sagen Summer Flyer FRONT



Marchen Sagen Summer Flyer BACK


Press Press and More Press!

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We have gotten our first press!  An article popped up in Decatur Metro!

Curbed Atlanta!

We even were featured in this month’s issue of Decatur Focus magazine!


Thx for the support you guys the word is spreading!