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A Space to Soar Capital Campaign

Moving in the Spirit is building a new state-of-the-art facility at MARTA’s transit-oriented development at the Egdewood/Candler Park rail station. To contribute as a donor or adviser, contact Executive Director, Dana Lupton, at dana[at]movinginthespirit.org.

Our Mission

Moving in the Spirit is an award-winning creative youth development program. For 30 over years, we have used the discipline of dance to help Atlanta’s young people develop the critical social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive.

The Need

Atlanta ranks third in the nation for the number of Fortune 500 companies but consistently ranks last for income mobility; a child born in the bottom fifth of incomes has only a 4% chance of reaching the top fifth. Overall, Georgia ranks 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

Moving in the Spirit works to address this opportunity gap with children and teens ages 3-18, primarily in Fulton and DeKalb counties, where over 100,000 young people live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level and lack access to after-school enrichment programs. Many of our students reside in unsafe neighborhoods and attend failing schools where they are routinely surrounded by more bad choices than good ones. Without strong support systems to help them cope, these youth often feel hopeless about their futures and are more susceptible to engage in risky activities.

We are proud that 100% of our seniors graduate from high school and gain college admission.

The Opportunity

In 2013, Moving in the Spirit’s faculty, board and stakeholders recognized that our beloved home of 25 years, GlenCastle, could no longer meet the needs of our organization. Our programs had grown in depth and capacity, and our building had fallen into expensive disrepair. The physical limitations of the historic building and inaccessibility to public transportation meant we couldn’t accommodate demand for classes.

Moving in the Spirit’s board adopted a strategic vision for a modernized facility, near transit, that would support program replication and distinguish us as a national model for creative youth development. This facility will allow Moving in the Spirit to double the number of young people we serve each year.

The Project

After an extensive two-year search of properties and land, Moving in the Spirit was offered an exciting opportunity: MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit system) and Columbia Ventures (developer) invited Moving in the Spirit to become a premiere partner for their new transit-oriented development (TOD) project at the Edgewood/Candler Park station. Moving in the Spirit’s new home will anchor the TOD, which will erase underutilized parking lots and transform them into multi-income housing, parks and community resources.


A Space to Soar

Our new home, generously designed by renowned architects Perkins + Will,  will be a 21,500 sq. foot state-of-the-art facility that will double our capacity from 250 to 500 students.
Positioned directly on the MARTA rail line, the facility will meet our families’ urgent need for transit-accessibility.

Other project features include:

  • 99-year capitalized land lease
  • Eligibility for New Markets Tax Credits (could potentially fund $1.75M – $2M of the project cost)
  • Appropriately-sized classrooms to improve instruction and creative youth development outcomes (7,000 to 21,500 square feet)
  • Additional classroom to serve more students
  • Opportunity to become community centerpiece and model for other arts and educational organizations


Moving in the Spirit anticipates breaking ground in 2018.

Get Involved

To learn more about campaign gift options and opportunities to serve on our steering committee, contact Executive Director, Dana Lupton, at dana[at]movinginthespirit.org. To make a gift directly, visit our donation page and designate your gift as “Capital Giving.”