My name is Joe Eifrid. I am the founder of the Rockdale Art Farm.
In the summer and fall of 2016 several personal unrelated events and thoughts came together that left me visioning a creative visual arts maker space. A resource to pursue individual artistic and entrepreneurial goals through shared space and equipment with a fun and relaxed diverse group of supporters. I also envisioned it in a peaceful and natural environment. About the same time, I was also looking at the 25 acre former dairy farm nearby that the Rockdale School board owned and was offering for sale – wondering when and how it would be developed.
The two thoughts merged, and the Rockdale Art Farm concept was born!
We have since acquired the property in late May 2017. We are structured as a 501c3 not for profit charitable organization. We will be membership driven. We will also be offering programs for low-income and those in need such as our ‘Art as Therapy” programing. Youth skills development programs will also be offered. We believe that we will strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of the community that we serve. We believe that the Rockdale Art Farm will cause our community to embrace and expand their connection between nature, culture, and the art of good living.
Currently we have one last hurdle to cross for our project to become reality. In October of 2018 we were awarded a Special Use Permit to proceed. However, a local resident challenged our permit in court. We now wait for the lawsuit to work it’s way through the court system. In our opinion this is a frivolous lawsuit that has been dismissed but now under appeal. We expect it to be resolved in the spring of 2020. We hope to open in Spring 2021.
Rockdale Art Farm will be a meaningful work in progress for many years ahead. For it to be successful it will need community participation. For more information, or to schedule a tour that we may share our vision, please feel free to contact me.
4420 Flat Bridge Rd SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
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