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News: Gov. Nathan Deal hands out 10 Governor’s Awards for Arts and Humanities

Azira G. Hill, founder of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program, is one of this year's recipients of the Governor's Award.

Ten arts leaders and organizations have received Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities from Gov. Nathan Deal.

The annual awards, in their seventh year, are presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

The following are this year’s recipients:

— Pearl Cleage, Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta

Azira G. Hill, founder of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program

— Historic Oakland Foundation, overseeing the preservation of the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

— Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, an organization to assist in the preservation of Jekyll Island

— Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection that preserves a large portion of King’s legacy

— The National Black Arts Festival, now in its 30th year inside and outside of Atlanta

— James S. Crisp, founding artistic director of Theatre Macon

— Janice Faircloth, executive and artistic director of Thomasville Entertainment Foundation

— Ellen Thompson, for her work to promote and support local history, culture and the arts in Dalton

— Athens Cine, the art-house cinema in downtown Athens

“Georgia is a state that values creativity and prizes artistic innovation,” Deal said in a press release. “Our state’s creative industries provide some 200,000 jobs for Georgians and generate $62.5 billion in economic impact. These critical sectors serve as catalysts for community revitalization and local economic development while also fueling tourism and spurring innovation. I congratulate the recipients of the 2018 [awards], and thank these individuals and organizations for their contributions to the cultural vitality and prosperity of our state.”

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