Historic Rural Churches of Georgia Receives Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities

Written by HRCGA Seals | Posted on 13 December 2023

HRCGA was honored with this prestigious award for our contributions to Georgia in these fields. The 2023 Arts & Humanities Awards were announced by Governor and First Lady Kemp and presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts, a branch of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Georgia Humanities.

Following a competitive nominations process, 10 members of the arts and humanities communities from across Georgia were awarded with this year’s honor. The recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have contributed to the growth of Georgia’s thriving creative industries through community involvement, pioneering programs, and long-term financial commitment.

“The Governor’s Awards recognize the value of the arts and humanities in the creation of a thriving economy and their significant contributions to education, community building, and quality of life in Georgia,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “We are excited to pay tribute to Georgia organizations that have demonstrated a longtime commitment to work in these fields.”

“Georgia Humanities salutes these recipients,” said Georgia Humanities President Laura McCarty. “Their contributions are vital to preserving what is special about our state.”

Our team is honored and so proud to be a recipient this year and grateful to you for your support of our work!

The complete list of recipients of the 12th Annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are listed below:

Altama Museum, Toombs County

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Fulton County

Ballethnic Dance Company, Fulton County

Harold Rittenberry, Clarke County

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, statewide

Jonathan SE Perkins, Muscogee County

Dr. Karan Berryman Pittman, Randolph County

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, Fulton County

Morris Robinson, Fayette County

Otis Redding Foundation, Bibb County

About the Award Partners

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) works to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts as part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s mission. GCA provides grant funding and statewide programs and services that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism, and nurture strong communities. Funding for GCA is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.gaarts.org.

Georgia Humanities promotes and preserves the stories and cultural legacies of the state’s people — from the past to the present and into the future — to enrich their lives and strengthen their communities. An informed and educated Georgia understands historical and cultural trends, respects the life of the mind, utilizes critical thinking in decision-making, and promotes mutual respect and civility. Funding for Georgia Humanities is provided by the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Humanities, foundations, donors, and partners. For more information, visit www.georgiahumanities.org.