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Announcing the 2019 ArtsATL Luminary Award nominees for Arts Education

On January 27, 2019, ArtsATL will recognize the best of the best in Atlanta arts during the third-annual Luminary Awards ceremony, which will be held 6–8 p.m. at City Winery. Before the winners are revealed this winter, we want to recognize all the people and organizations who were lifted up during the nomination process.

The Luminary Awards are Atlanta’s premier arts honors, celebrating the social impact, diversity, innovation, leadership and generosity of the city’s creative community.

The awards are given out in five categories: Arts Education, Community Engagement, Philanthropic Legacy, Outstanding Leadership and Arts Innovation. A selection committee is reviewing the nominees to select the winner from each category.

Today, we celebrate all those who were nominated for the 2019 Luminary Award for Arts Education.


An arts educator or education program that creates real impact on students and communities.

Yehimi Cambrón

Cambrón was brought to the United States by her mother. As a Dreamer, she is an advocate for immigrants’ rights and teaches art at a school with a student body made up largely of immigrants. Cambrón is also a successful muralist.

PushPush Film & Theater

PushPush incubates innovative productions and creators while pioneering performance programs and projects. It offers educational resources, materials and space to hundreds of artists.

Nikki Toombs

Toombs is the director of education at True Colors Theatre. Among other educational projects, she helped expand the August Wilson Monologue Competition throughout Georgia, which has engaged hundreds of students in theater.

Susie Purcell

Purcell directs Synchronicity Theatre’s Playmaking for Girls program, which aims to empower teen girls in the Atlanta-area by helping them find the voice to tell their stories through theater.

Malika Whitley

Whitley is the founder and CEO of ChopArt, which empowers homeless youths by engaging them in creating art.

Dad’s Garage Education Outreach Program

Improv and comedy theater Dad’s Garage runs educational efforts and comedy events across Georgia, engaging rural communities in the arts.

Arshaad Norwood

Norwood is a beloved art teacher in Atlanta Public Schools and is an artist outside of his education work.

Drew Charter School Center for the Arts

The Drew Charter School’s Center for the Arts is a dynamic program offering students an education in the fine arts.

Sarah Nathaniel

Nathaniel is the STEAM teaching artist at the High Museum of Art and is an accomplished artist.

Paula Wallace

Wallace is the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, which has a campus in Atlanta. Wallace has served at SCAD for nearly 40 years, overseeing a vast expansion of degree programs and enrollment.

Dantes Rameau

Rameau is the cofounder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project, which provides intensive, tuition-free music education to underserved youth in their neighborhoods.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program

For 25 years, the Talent Development Program has attracted more young musicians of color into music careers. Led by Azira Hill, the program has graduated nearly 100 fellows into top music programs.