The Museum School of Avondale Estates wins governor’s award for arts, humanitiesFile photo: Students from The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Principal Katherine Kelbaugh (far right) and First Lady Sandra Deal celebrate the school being named a recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities during a ceremony at the State Capitol on Oct. 5, 2016. Selected by a panel of prestigious judges, the award recognizes the school as an organization that has made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts.
The Museum School of Avondale Estates has once again earned statewide recognition.
Gov. Nathan Deal gave the charter school the Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanity. It was the only school to receive the honor.
“These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality,” a press release from the Governor’s Office said. “The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.”
“Georgia’s vibrant arts and humanities culture is a testament to the creative traditions embedded within our state’s cultural framework,” Deal said in the press release. “The First Lady and I believe in the importance of developing the arts in Georgia’s communities and we are proud to celebrate the individuals and institutions honored today. Their creative work will have a lasting impact on Georgia’s civic culture.”
The awards were given to 12 members of the state’s arts and humanities communities, the press release said.
“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 press release said.
The recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities are:
– Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville
– Beach Institute, Savannah
– Bowdon Area Historical Society, Bowdon
– Lisa Cremin, Atlanta
– Lee Harper, Atlanta
– Alvin D. Jackson, M.D., Savannah
– Macon Arts Alliance, Macon
– Museum School of Avondale Estates, Avondale Estates
– Paula Peace, Atlanta
– Steve Quesinberry, Newnan
– Betty Foy Sanders, Statesboro
– Larry Walker, Atlanta
According to the Museum School, educational consultant Carol McCullough nominated the school for this year’s award.
The school says her nomination summary read, in part: “…The Museum School has built a reputation for academic excellence and innovation and proudly shares its proven education model with other public schools across the state and nation… The Museum School stands at the forefront of an education movement that exemplifies the best of a robust curriculum empowered by arts and humanities centered practices that prepare DeKalb County students for academic success now, and success throughout their lives.”