Posted: Wednesday, October 17th 2012 at 10:39am
Cornelia couple cited by governor for achievements in the arts, humanities
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday announced the recipients of the first annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities, recognizing deserving individuals and organizations for significant contributions to Georgia’s cultural vitality. They include Kay and Dean Swanson of Cornelia.
Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Film and Music & Digital Entertainment Office joined in presenting the awards.
“Georgia’s artistic and cultural enterprise facilitates our competitiveness in the global market and attracts new commerce,” said Deal. “These individuals and organizations are building a distinct state identity while also helping make Georgia the No. 1 place to do business nationwide.”
About the Award Recipients
Twelve members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities were chosen from almost 100 nominations from around the state. They were lauded for having laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.
The recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities are:
· Arthur Berry, Educator, Albany
· Annette Cone-Skelton, MOCA GA Founder, Atlanta
· Colonel Bruce Hampton, Musician, Atlanta
· Akbar Imhotep, Storyteller, Atlanta
· Thomas Lux, Poet & Educator, Atlanta
· Philip Moulthrop, Visual Artist, Marietta
· Paul Pierce, Columbus
· Amy Lotson Roberts, St. Simons Island
· Melvin Steely, Carrollton
· Kay and Dean Swanson, Philanthropists, Cornelia
· Savannah Music Festival
· Thomaston-Upson Archives
About the Award
Each of the twelve Governor’s Awards were hand-crafted from native Georgia hardwoods and designed by Matt Moulthrop, grandson of Ed Moulthrop who is known as the “father of modern woodturning.” Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations. Matt’s work is on exhibit at some of the country’s most prestigous museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carter Center, the Smithsonian, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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