Atlanta Ballet Honored with the Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities

We are thrilled to announce that Governor Nathan Deal presented Atlanta Ballet with the 2014 Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities at the State Capitol on October 7, 2014. October is also National Arts & Humanities month. The ceremony featured a special performance by Atlanta Ballet's Fellowship Ensemble with choreography by ballet mistress Sarah Hillmer.

From left to right: Atlanta Ballet President & CEO Arturo Jacobus, Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Ballet Chairman of the Board Allen Nelson, Dean of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Sharon Story, and First Lady Sandra Deal. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

The award, given in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council, recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to innovation and growth of Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality. Thirteen members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities were chosen from a selection of nominations from around the state. These recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.

"The individuals that encompass Georgia’s arts and humanities sectors propel our state forward by cultivating, growing and sustaining its vibrant cultural. An excellent quality of life gives us a competitive advantage in the global market place, by attracting visitors and businesses to our state and connecting our citizens," said Governor Deal. “I am pleased to honor these organizations and individuals that have made significant contributions to the cultural life of our state."

From left to right: Atlanta Ballet's Chief Advancement Officer Steven Libman, President & CEO Arturo Jacobus, Trustee Lynda Courts, Chairman of the Board Allen Nelson, Artistic Director John McFall, and Dean of the Centre for Dance Education Sharon Story.

Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble performs during the ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

Atlanta Ballet Fellow Devon Joslin and Apprentice Ransom Wilkes-Davis. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

Congratulations to our fellow twelve recipients!

2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities Recipients:

Syd Blackmarr, Tifton
Leslie Gordon, Atlanta
Fred and Dinah Gretsch, Savannah
Paul Hudson, Clarkston
Carl Purdy, Atlanta
Douglas Scott, Atlanta
The Activities Council of Thomson, Thomson
Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta
Brenau University, Gainesville
Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta
Freedom Singers, Albany
Meridian Herald, Atlanta
Richard B. Russell Library of Political Research and Studies, Athens

Click here to learn more about the award.