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News: Announcing the first annual ArtsATL Luminary Awards


ArtsATL is happy to announce the inaugural ArtsATL Luminary Awards, multidisciplinary prizes that commemorate and pay tribute to the artists, organizations, exhibitions and individual works that are shaping Atlanta.

The four awards — The Beacon Award for Community Engagement, the Catalyst Award for Social Discourse, the Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy and the Kindle Award for Innovative Practice — are open for nominations through Friday, October 21. Nominations may be issued at ArtsATL. Each award is open not just to individuals, but to organizations, exhibitions, and singular works across all disciplines. Winners will be selected by the Luminary Awards selection panel and formally announced at the ArtsATL 2016 Luminary Awards Show, which will take place on January 22, 2017 at Terminal West. More details about the event will be announced soon.

ArtsATL Board Chair, Mary Frances Callis

“Study after study shows the significant, positive impact that a vibrant arts community has on a city’s economic development and growth. Through all of its work, ArtsATL seeks to support Atlanta’s growth as a progressive, prosperous city by being the definitive voice of the arts,” says ArtsATL board chair Mary Frances Callis. “The Luminary Awards will not be your typical ‘Best Of’ awards, but instead, will shine a light on the artists, institutions and cultural thought leaders who are working day in and day out to make Atlanta the culturally rich city that we all love and want to thrive.”

“ArtsATL has become the central home for discourse in the arts in Atlanta, cutting across a diverse range of art disciplines, institutions and artists,” says selection panel chair and ArtsATL board member Ivan Pulinkala. “Through the Luminary Awards, ArtATL will provide an opportunity to celebrate individuals and organizations who exemplify innovative artistry and leadership.”

The awards’ honorees will be commemorated throughout the evening’s celebrations. Following the celebration, each awardee will be saluted with an in-depth, multi-source profile and accompanying video. The profiles will be released in three-week increments following the ceremony, where a teaser video of the four profiles will be aired.

“With so much happening and changing within Atlanta, we feel it’s crucial to step back and celebrate the individuals making thoughtful and important contributions to our arts community,” says ArtsATL Executive Editor Laura Relyea. “It’s our hope that this series of videos and stories will amplify the importance of the artistic work being done by the organizations and individuals in Atlanta.”

The ArtsATL Luminary Awards Selection Panel: Ivan Pulinkala, Susan V. Booth (Alliance Theatre); Madison Cario (Georgia Institute of Technology); Katrina DeBerry (Atlanta Regional Commission); Leslie Gordon (Rialto Center for the Arts); Bem Joiner (Center for Civic Innovation); Karyn Lu (ChooseATL); Gennadi Nedvigin (Atlanta Ballet); Karen L. Paty (Georgia Council for the Arts); Yonit Stern (Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast); Karen Tauches (Swan Coach House Gallery); Lee Thomas (Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office); Doc Waller (Becoming Possible)