News Briefs: 2016 Governor’s Awards, ArtsATL receives grants and more

Lisa Cremin was one of this year's recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.
Lisa Cremin was one of this year's recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

The 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities honors 12 Georgians who have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality. The metro Atlanta recipients include Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre; Lisa Cremin, director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund; Lee Harper, the founding director of Lee Harper & Dancers; Museum School of Avondale Estates; Paula Peace, the founding pianist and former artistic director of the Atlanta Chamber Players; and visual artist Larry Walker.  The awards are presented in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities. “Georgia’s vibrant arts and humanities culture is a testament to the creative traditions embedded within our state’s cultural framework,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “The First Lady and I believe in the importance of developing the arts in Georgia’s communities and we are proud to celebrate the individuals and institutions honored today. Their creative work will have a lasting impact on Georgia’s civic culture.”

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screen-shot-2016-01-25-at-4-37-20-pm-1ArtsATL has received two grants: $23,000 from Fulton County Arts and Culture and $6,000 from the Office of Cultural Affairs.

The grants represent recognition of the role ArtsATL plays as a platform for communicating ideas, criticism and information about the local arts community.

“Having the support of organizations such as Fulton County Arts & Culture and the Office of Cultural Affairs is a testament to how essential a news resource like ArtsATL is to our arts community,” said Mary Frances Callis, ArtsATL’s board chairman. “On behalf of ArtsATL, I want to express our gratitude.”

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The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced a new grant: A Place to Perform. The grant supports nonprofit arts organizations focused on the performing arts who are in search of performance venues and facilities for their programming. Funded by the Woodruff Arts Center from their 2014 sale of the 14th Street Playhouse, the grant will be given to organizations that lack their own primary performance space throughout the Foundation’s 23-county region.

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