Joe Bankoff has been announced as the new chair of the Fulton County Arts Council. Bankoff served as the CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center for nearly six years before retiring from the position in 2012. From there he moved on to join Georgia Institute of Technology as the chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Prior to that, Bankoff spent 32 years as a senior partner at King & Spalding.
Bankoff will be replacing Jerry Thomas, who has led the council for two years.
The Fulton County Arts Council was created in 1979. Its 15-member Arts Council, which is appointed by the Board of Commissioners, advises commissioners on arts- and culture-related policies, as well as making recommendations to commissioners on arts funding and overseeing the implementation of the county’s publicly assisted programming.
The department not only provides arts funding but manages the County’s Public Art program, their Art at Work program, arts education opportunities and hosts over 100 annual cultural events throughout the county.
“Joe Bankoff’s appointment is good news for all the arts in Fulton County,” says FCAC’s Carolyn Carr. “It will be an honor to serve on his board for Commissioner Joan Garner. Joe is extremely competent, over the top intelligence, and has balanced judgment. My uncle Beauchamp C. Carr worked for him at the Woodruff Arts Center for many years, and he thinks the world of him.”
As chair, Mr. Bankoff brings his extensive experience in arts administration as well as law, policy, economic development, government legislation, fiscal planning and global issues.