ArtsATL is thrilled to announce the first annual ArtsATL Luminary Awards –– our commemoration of the passionate, creative and innovative spirit of Atlanta’s arts community.
Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center
887 W NW Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30318
2017 Award Recipients
ArtsATL Luminary Award Ceremony
Join us for the inaugural award ceremony where we will honor and celebrate success in Atlanta arts and culture in the areas of philanthropy, artistic innovation, community engagement, and catalytic dialogue.
A limited number of Host Committee tickets are now available. Host Committee members and event sponsors will join ArtsATL for a private pre-ceremony reception at Southern Exposure, located immediately adjacent to the award ceremony venue. This includes VIP seating during the award ceremony and expedited entry to the main event. Host Committee members will be listed in the event program and on the event website.
For information on how to become a sponsor for the Luminary Awards, contact Executive Director Susannah Darrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t attend but would like to make a contribution to ArtsATL? You can make a tax-deductible donation here.
LUMINARY AWARD HOST COMMITTEE
We'd like to thank the members of our host committee for their support of our 2017 award recipients and ArtsATL.
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2017 Award Recipients
The Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy, which celebrates the ongoing contribution of a philanthropist to the cultural landscape of Atlanta will be awarded to Ken and Kathy Bernhardt, in recognition of their significant contributions to Atlanta’s arts and theater community over the years, including the development of the Alliance Theatre’s Theatre for the Very Young.
For the Beacon Award for Community Engagement, the selection panel will honor John McFall, former artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet, who retired last year. McFall’s contributions to Atlanta’s dance community have been significant, especially for his work in founding and establishing the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education, which teaches 20,000 community members annually and has been crucial in shaping future generations of dancers within the city.
The Catalyst Award for Social Discourse will be awarded to the Zuckerman Museum of Art. The principal administrators of the three-year-old museum have continuously initiated catalytic dialogue through their programs, exhibits and work. Never shying away from provocative work, the Zuckerman has produced and hosted a number of notable exhibitions, including Art AIDS America, that have fostered meaningful discussions amongst Kennesaw State University’s student base as well as Atlanta as a whole.
The Kindle Award for Innovative Practice will be awarded to The Lucky Penny for its experimental practice and performance space, Work Room, which launched in 2015. Through its artists-in-residence program based out of East Point, The Lucky Penny has worked to create opportunities for emerging choreographers within Atlanta in an effort to help the city retain its talented performers.
2017 Award Ceremony Performances
T. Lang Dance presents Post, the final installment of Lang’s four-part Post Up series. The Post Up series has been performed at The Goat Farm Arts Center, The High Museum of Art, and will soon activate a now abandoned church inside Fort McPherson, an American military base that operated from 1835 until its closing in 2011. T. Lang Dance is Joshua Archibald, Jacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Indya Childs, Emma Lalor, Mandi B. Mpezo, and Scott Wheet. In addition to her company work, T. Lang is an Associate Professor and founding Department Chair of Spelman Dance at Spelman College. T. Lang was recently named 2016’s Best Choreographer by Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Performing a selection from The Atlanta Opera’s production of Maria de Buenos Aires is Colombian Soprano Catalina Cuervo. Cuervo has performed the role of “Maria” for numerous prestigious companies including Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Syracuse Opera. Maria de Buenos Aires is the steamy story of Maria, the young prostitute who “was born on the day God was drunk.” This site-specific opera will be performed at Le Maison Rouge, the sexy burlesque hall located in Paris on Ponce on the BeltLine. Composer Astor Piazzola was hailed for his ability to enchant audiences with his beautiful tango music.
Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the United States, producing main stage opera productions and arts education programs for all ages. It directly serves almost 60,000 people annually in Metropolitan Atlanta and throughout the Southeast.
David Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010. At the time, he was the youngest concertmaster among any major U.S. orchestra. Throughout his career, Mr. Coucheron has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich and Charles Dutoit, among others. He has performed as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Coucheron has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), as well as in Beograd, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Serbia, Singapore and Shanghai. His chamber music performances have included appearances at Suntory Hall as well as Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Coucheron serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in his hometown of Oslo, Norway. He is also on the artist-faculty for the Aspen Music Festival.
Luminary Awards Selection Panel
Our distinguished panel of jurors will select the awards winners from the pool of submitted nominations.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 ArtsATL Luminary Award Nominees!
The 49 Portraits Project
Neda Abghari, The Creatives Project
Karen Lynn Anderson, Tiny Doors ATL
Miya Bailey, City of Ink
Peter Bahouth, Artist
Robin Bernat, Poem88
Kathy and Ken Bernhardt
Lela Brunet, Artist
Monica Campana, Living Walls
Morgan Carlisle, Eyedrum
Fyodor Chernivsky, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra
Pearl Cleage, Playwright
Annette Cone-Skelton, MOCA GA
Counter Narrative Project
Makeba Dixon-Hill, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Robert G. Edge
Jody Feldman, Alliance Theatre
Anthony Harper, The Goat Farm Arts Center
Camille Russell Love, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Tamara Harper, Atlanta Music Project
John Hiner, Artist
The Lucky Penny
William Massey III, Artist
John McFall, Atlanta Ballet (formerly)
Jack Michael, Lucky Hand Press / Paper Plane Gallery
Amy Miller, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Christopher Moses, Alliance Theatre
North Gwinnett Arts Association
Masud Olufani, Artist
Brenda Porter, Actress
Sheila Pree Bright, #1960NOW
Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Artist
Matthew Terrell, Artist
Usher and Georgia State University, “Chains” Project
Sue Schroder, CORE
Lauri Stallings, gloATL
DoT Wilson, Artist
The Vega String Quartet
Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art
Tomer Zvulun, Atlanta Opera