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ARTS ATL hosted its third annual Luminary Awards in a star-studded night at City Winery on January 27 that included performances from Grammy-nominated Kameron Corvet, The Atlanta Opera, the students from the Atlanta Music Project and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

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

“The Luminary Awards are Atlanta’s Golden Globes,” said Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center.

As a final surprise award, ARTS ATL revealed a special honor for cofounder Catherine Fox, who has served for a decade with the organization, building it up to be Atlanta’s premier source for arts news. Previously, Fox served as a leading arts critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She currently serves on the ARTS ATL board.

Several of Fox’s friends united to make a special gift for ARTS ATL to create an endowed award in her honor. This endowment will fund the Catherine Fox Emerging Artist Award, to be given annually to an up-and-coming artist of any discipline from the Atlanta metro area.

“Because of Cathy’s work, countless artists received a spotlight that allowed them and their art to flourish,” said Van Jensen, publisher of ARTS ATL. “This award means Cathy’s impact will continue, lifting up the city’s creators.”

Donations to the endowment can be made at

Winners of the five other Luminary Awards were the following:

  • ARTS EDUCATION — Dantes Rameau, Atlanta Music Project
  • PHILANTHROPIC LEGACY — Howard and Victoria Palefsky
  • ARTS INNOVATION, presented by THEA — TILA Studios
  • OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP, presented by Turner — Vincent Anthony, Center for Puppetry Arts
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, presented by The Home Depot Foundation — The Atlanta Opera, Veterans Program

Additionally, ARTS ATL partnered with Fulton County Arts and Culture to bestow the Joan P. Garner Outstanding Service to the Arts award. The following were this year’s recipients:

    • Marvin Arrington Jr., Fulton County District 5 commissioner: Arrington oversees Fulton County’s strategic cultural plan and has served with numerous boards. He is an Atlanta native.
  • Theresa M. Howard, a longtime civil servant and educator who is an instructor in African dance at Emory University and an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University: She founded the MODE “Edeliegba” Senior Dance Ensemble, a traveling dance troupe comprising male and female senior citizens aged 60 years and older.

Students from the Atlanta Music Project perform at the 2019 Luminary Awards.

The Luminary Awards will return in 2020, the first year the Catherine Fox Emerging Artist Award will be given out. Each year, the award recipient will be chosen by the newly formed ARTS ATL Artist Advisory Council, a group made up of top artists from across disciplines. Members of the council include the following:

  • Karen Anderson, Tiny Doors ATL
  • Amena Brown, poet and performer
  • Tripp Crosby, actor and writer
  • Lisa Cunningham, director and producer
  • Jessica De Maria, actress, playwright and director
  • Peter Ferrari, artist and gallery owner
  • Jeremy Gilbertson, cofounder, Tunewelders
  • Tom Key, artistic director, Theatrical Outfit
  • Miranda Kyle, program manager, Art on the BeltLine
  • Tiffany LaTrice, founder, TILA Studios
  • Greg Mike, artist and gallery owner
  • Ivan Pulinkala, interim dean, College of the Arts, Kennesaw State University
  • Dantes Rameau, executive director, Atlanta Music Project
  • Peter Siaggas, partner, Picture It Productions
  • Tim Sweetwood, founder, Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals
  • Rachel Van Buskirk, cofounder, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

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