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New Album Alert! “We Like Fun” is HERE!!

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The kids have really did it now!!!  Check out the amazing work done by a bunch of really awesome kids!  Some were engineers, others artists and writers.  Many contributed to really cool body of work!  The album should be on iTunes and Google Music shortly!

Share the playlist and help us spread the music!!!

City Schools Of Decatur Closed Tomorrow Jan 8 2018

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CLOSED Jan 8, 2018

Good day friends.  The Märchen Sagen Academy will be closed tomorrow along with City Schools of Decatur due to the possibility of inclement weather.  Please stay safe and warm, we hope to see you on Tuesday.


Mentorship at Märchen Sagen

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This year has been extraordinary.  It has been an eye-opener to watch this little program develop into what it has become.  I am excited, not only because of the promise the future holds, but mainly because I am able to give back so much of my experiences to children.  From the youngest little one who is wanting to make a slime blob stop-motion video to our high-school mentee who is picking up tips and tricks on electronic music production and entrepreneurial skills.  It has always been a goal of mine to develop a mentorship program for kids who are coming up like I did.  Full of artistic ability and desire, but no real college track in mind.  A sense of who I was, but without any real aim to become who I wanted to be.  I wanted to create a program where kids can develop invaluable and in-demand skills in content creation, social media management, video production and entrepreneurship.  With the help of my dedicated team, we have developed a mentorship program proposal outlining our goals.  Please download it, read it and find ways to support, either through Time, Talent or Treasure.

2018 Mentorship Program Proposal-Marchen Sagen Academy

Thank you much for the gifts and great ideas,


Mothers Day Mini-Sessions Benefit by Djaren Photography

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Mothers Day is around the corner and we have a SPECIAL opportunity for some amazing moms!  Our friends Dj and Karen with Djaren Photography are hosting a series of Mothers Day Mini-Sessions to benefit the Märchen Sagen Academy! Djaren Photography, Balance Design, and Colors Diaz Painting, have all collaborated to create a mother and child/children mini portrait session in what they have called “a uniquely designed monochromatic (all white), modern, minimalist portrait setting”.  BTW, mom will definitely love the additional pampering at the hands of the talented staff of Decatur Massage Heights.

Donations benefit our scholarship and mentor program!  We will be mentoring and providing internship opportunities for creative high school kids who are not on a particular college track.  Training in video and audio production will be provided in our studio, as well additional lectures on relationship building and entrepreneurship.


• mother and child(ren) mini portrait session

• customized Facebook banner image from the portrait session

• $50 print credit

• pre-photography champagne and makeup pamper session for mom

• Märchen Sagen academy experience for the kids during mom’s pamper session

• super secret mom photography session surprise

• thirty minute massage gift certificate at the new Decatur Massage Heights

Download the Flyer:    Mini Session & Massage – Marchen Sagen



For information and to book your session, please use this link:

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!