Deal Honors Contributors in Arts and Humanities

Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal today announced the recipients of the seventh annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

“Georgia is a state that values creativity and prizes artistic innovation,” said Deal. “Sandra and I have long been supporters of our state’s vibrant arts culture, humanities and expressions of creativity. Today, our state’s creative industries provide some 200,000 jobs for Georgians and generate $62.5 billion in economic impact. These critical sectors serve as catalysts for community revitalization and local economic development while also fueling tourism and spurring innovation. I congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and thank these individuals and organizations for their contributions to the cultural vitality and prosperity of our state.”

Ten members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities were selected following nominations from around the state. The recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have contributed to and supported the growth of Georgia’s thriving creative industries through community involvement, pioneering programs and long-term financial commitment.

The recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:

Athens Ciné, Athens

Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Jekyll Island

Historic Oakland Foundation, Atlanta

Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, Atlanta

National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta

Pearl Cleage, Atlanta

James S. Crisp, Macon

Janice Faircloth, Thomasville

Azira G. Hill, Atlanta

Ellen Thompson, Dalton

Detailed information about the recipients is available at www.gaarts.org.

About the 2018 award

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities were handcrafted by Valdosta-based folk artist Amy Lansburg. Lansburg uses driftwood to create one-of-a-kind, mixed media artwork.

About the award partners

The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that works to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding and statewide programs and services that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for GCA is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.gaarts.org.

Georgia Humanities promotes and preserves the stories and cultural legacies of the state’s people — from the past to the present and into the future — to enrich their lives and strengthen their communities. An informed and educated Georgia understands historical and cultural trends, respects the life of the mind, utilizes critical thinking in decision-making, and promotes mutual respect and civility. Funding for Georgia Humanities is provided by the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Humanities, foundations, donors and partners. For more information, visit www.georgiahumanities.org.

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