Atlanta arts leaders honored by Gov. Deal

Atlanta artists, including dancer/choreographer Lee Harper; founding director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Lisa Cremin; Paula Peace, founding pianist of the Atlanta Chamber Players; and visual artist and educator Larry Walker, were honored Wednesday by Governor Nathan Deal.

The Governor’s Awards, announced Wednesday, “recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality.” The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

Paula Peace, who until 2014 was the artistic director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, said in a statemement, "I am humbled by this honor, and I am overjoyed at what the Atlanta Chamber Players continue to accomplish under the leadership of Artistic Director Elizabeth Pridgen."

It is the fifth annual presentation of the award.

Twelve recipients were chosen from nominations from around the state.

Other winners include:

Aurora Theatre, of Gwinnett County

Beach Institute, Savannah

Bowdon Area Historical Society, Bowdon

Alvin D. Jackson, M.D., Savannah

Macon Arts Alliance, Macon

Museum School of Avondale Estates, Avondale Estates

Steve Quesinberry, Newnan

Betty Foy Sanders, Statesboro

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