ArtsATL is pleased to announce the recipients of our second-annual ArtsATL Luminary Awards. For its second year, our numerous candidates were deliberated on by ArtsATL’s esteemed selection panel, which included returning Luminary Awards Chair Ivan Pulinkala, as well as last year’s award recipients, Blake Beckham of Lucky Penny, Ken Bernhardt, and Sarah Higgins of the Zuckerman Museum of Art. “This year’s Luminary Awards honorees are the best of the best within Atlanta’s vibrant arts community,” said Ken Bernhardt, last year’s recipient for the Amaranth Award. “Those of us judging the nominees were incredibly impressed with the dedication and accomplishments of these talented individuals and organizations.”
This year’s Amaranth Award Winner for Philanthropic Legacy will go to Robert G. Edge of Alston & Bird and the chairman of the Charles Loridans Foundation, which has annually supported organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Franklin Pond Chamber Music, Spivey Hall, The Rialto Center for the Arts, Museum of Design Atlanta, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, 7 Stages, Shakespeare Tavern, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players and the Alliance Theatre, among others.
The first Halcyon Award for Outstanding Leadership will be awarded to Sue Schroeder of CORE Dance, whose efforts within the dance community for the past 30 years have successfully engaged and progressed the local conversation around the performing arts. In her choreography work, she has incorporated her work into the performing arts and collaborated with composers, visual artists, musicians, writers and artists of every discipline. In 1994, Schroeder piloted the Atlanta Dance Initiative, which encouraged collaboration between 12 different dance organizations over a two-year period.
For the Beacon Award for Community Engagement, the selection panel will honor Out On Film, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year serving the Atlanta area’s LGBTQ community and its allies. Since its inception in 1987, the organization has grown to become a nationally renowned film festival, screening more than 120 films over the course of 11 days, working with partnered organizations such as Atlanta Pride, Georgia Equality, The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, and SAGE Atlanta, among others. (Editor’s Disclosure: Out on Film is helmed by ArtsATL contributor and critic Jim Farmer.)
The artists and community members whose efforts successfully halted mural regulations in the City of Atlanta will be the recipients of this year’s Catalyst Award for Social Discourse. The group, which includes artists Fabian Williams, Yoyo Ferro and Peter Ferrari, as well as local activist Grant Henry and lawyers Gerry Weber and Zach Greenmyre, unified to fight on behalf of artists and property owners in the City of Atlanta to halt the mural ordinance that prevented property owners to commission public art from artists on their own property.
The Joan P. Garner Outstanding Service to the Arts Award, which is presented in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture, will be awarded to Virginia Hepner and Myrna Anderson-Fuller, two women who have served as devoted arts administrators — Hepner with her unparalleled fundraising accomplishments for the Woodruff Arts Center and Anderson-Fuller for her incredible dedication and accomplishments at the Hammonds House Museum. The award is named in commemoration of late Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, who passed away earlier this year.
Lastly, Idea Capital will be commended with the Kindle Award for Innovative Practice for its innovative funding method for emerging artists in the Atlanta area. The organization, which started in 2008, has expanded from one to 11 grants, funding writers, musicians, art collectives, dancers, filmmakers and curators.
ArtsATL will celebrate these four honorees on January 28, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Winery at Ponce City Market. Along with the presentation of the awards, attendees will enjoy performances from local arts organizations as well as view sneak peaks of original short films produced by ArtsATL for each of our four award winners. The four individual short films, as well as in-depth feature articles, will be published about each of our recipients in the weeks following our awards ceremony. A limited number of Host Committee tickets for the event are now available. Host Committee members and event sponsors will join ArtsATL for a private ceremony reception immediately preceding the event.