The Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University created the Creativity & Arts Awards this year and has given the first community awards to art critic Jerry Cullum and choreographer Lauri Stallings.
The awards are designed to highlight the mission of the CCA, including “discovery, societal impact, courageous inquiry, innovation, collaboration, human spirit and the exploration of new frontiers.” In addition to the two community awards, other awards will be given to Emory staff, alumni and students for “significant artistic and administrative contributions to the arts in metro Atlanta.”
Honors are becoming something of a streak for Cullum, who received the inaugural Nexus Award earlier this year. What we said about him then remains true:
“Cullum has been a backbone of the art community for more than a quarter century. A critical voice in the AJC, national publications and the blogosphere as well as at Art Papers, he has curated exhibitions and written countless catalog essays for local artists, often gratis, and spent so much time mentoring and encouraging them that one dubbed him the art community’s parish priest. Cullum’s broad knowledge of world religions, literature and history distinguish his writing and create a rich context for the work he discusses.” (For examples of Cullum’s ArtsCriticATL writing, see here and here.)
Stallings and her dance companygloATL have challenged and engaged audiences with innovative choreography, melding movement and architecture in site-specific performances at Lenox Square and the Woodruff Arts Center and in Castleberry Hill. This fall, gloATL will make its debut at the Joyce Theater in New York and will return to the Duo Theater there.
As ArtsCriticATL’s Cynthia Bond Perry says, “There’s something extraordinary about Stallings choosing Atlanta as her home base, and about the city’s support for her troupe.”
The award presentations will be made at the CCA’s Creativity & Arts Soiree on September 10. The festivities, free and open to the public, will begin at 6:45 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.