Founded by longtime Atlanta artists and arts supporters, Tim Habeger and Shelby Hofer, PushPush Arts, formerly PushPush Theater, began in 1997 in a black box at the FloatAway Building in Atlanta’s Virginia Highlands neighborhood. After expanding to a larger facility in Decatur in 2003, PushPush fostered thousands of artists and projects in just over a decade. From 2004-2009, our Dailies Filmmaker program incubated and produced 250+ short films and features. We won our first travel grant from TCG in 2010 to develop our Portal International Exchange program, while launching two literary events: Write Club Atlanta & Naked City. After winning a 2011 NEA New Media grant, we moved out of our Decatur location, toured two shows, produced a pilot for a new T.V. series, and started a new arts incubation program. Between 2013-2015, we mounted four immersive theater productions with The Goat Farm Atlanta and other non-traditional venues.
In 2016, following the production of Intersection of Dreams, PushPush entered into a Planning & Restructuring phase, aligning with partners for permanent space along MARTA, while formalizing SeedWorks, a new project incubator. Our ongoing work to develop an affordable and progressive hub for groundbreaking artists was realized, in part, in 2019 when we became an official Arts Partner for a larger Conversion Project adjacent to the College Park MARTA Station. During this relocation in late 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we presented three new productions and added affordable studio space to our list services. The larger conversion project will ultimately include affordable live/work housing, a performance cafe and multiple galleries & performance spaces. As the official Partner of an arts-driven development, PushPush Arts will spend the next years developing an Arts Cooperative and scaling its capacity to serve as a one-of-a-kind incubator producing ground-breaking, multidisciplinary work based in Historic Downtown College Park.