Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal 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