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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 announce all those who were nominated for the 2019 Luminary Award for Community Engagement.


An organization or individual that has created social change through the arts.

Living Melody Collective

A collective of artists creating community-focused projects.

Atlanta Theatre-To-Go

An arts nonprofit that brings theatrical productions to senior citizens where they live.

Synchronicity Theatre

A theatrical organization for bold, challenging stories that connects with more than 8,000 patrons per year.

Katherine Dirga

Dirga is the program manager of the MARTA Art in Transit program, which incorporates art by Atlanta creators into MARTA stations.

John Eaton

Eaton is an artist, attorney and volunteer, connecting artists with legal advice.


A civic-focused arts organization that supports innovative art with the intention of transforming communities.

C4 Atlanta

An arts service organization that connects creators with the skills and services they need to grow their careers.

Matt Terrell

Terrell is the communications director at Dad’s Garage and a longtime advocate for LGBTQ issues. He is also an ArtsATL contributor.

Atlanta Opera Veterans Program

The program offers free tickets to Atlanta Opera performances to U.S. military veterans.

Capitol City Opera Company

A 35-year-old company that offers roles to up-and-coming performers, helping them to build their careers.

Erica Jamison

Jamison is the founder of MINT, a gallery and supporter of emerging Atlanta artists.

Joe Dreher

Dreher is a muralist, architect, photographer and volunteer.

National Black Arts Festival

The premier national festival for black arts, recognized for its work in 2008 by the U.S. Congress.

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