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Earlier this month, Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp announced recipients of the 10th annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities, honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia through their work in these fields. The awards are presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.
“It’s my honor to congratulate the individuals and organizations who have earned this year’s Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities and thank them for the contributions they have made to our state and culture,” said Governor Kemp. “These recipients are great examples of Georgia’s creative industries, which play a key role in the economic health of our state, not only providing jobs but also contributing to our growing tourism numbers.”
According to prepared statements, ten members of the arts and humanities communities from across Georgia were awarded this year’s honor following a competitive nominations process. The recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have contributed to and supported the growth of Georgia’s thriving creative industries through community involvement, pioneering programs, and long-term financial commitment.
The 10th Annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities recipients are listed below. Each link includes a video highlighting the recipients’ contributions to Georgia’s creative communities and culture:
• Didi Dunphy, Clarke County
• Sheffield Hale, Fulton County
• Lyrika Holmes, Cobb County
• Donald L. Lovette, Liberty County
• Marquice L. Williams, Chatham County
• Dad’s Garage Theatre, Fulton County
• The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun County
• Georgia Council on Economic Education, a statewide organization based in Fulton County
• Out of Hand Theater, Fulton County
• Synchronicity Theatre, Fulton County
For biographical information and additional background on each recipient, a program is available here.
This year, recipients of the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities will receive traditional low country sweetgrass baskets, handwoven by master basket-maker Yvonne Grovner. Grovner was a 2020 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities recipient who helps keep the art of sweetgrass basket-making alive through classes, stories, and tours of Sapelo Island.