Local Philanthropist Honored With Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities

Local Philanthropist Honored With Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities

By Janell Williams

Jonathan Samuel Eddie Perkins was honored with a Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities for significant contributions to Georgia in these fields. The 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, and supported 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 creating 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 citizens who have demonstrated a lifetime 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.”

“This is an incredible honor to be recognized at this level for doing work that I absolutely love,” said Perkins. “I have had a wonderful artistic journey and career full of young people, laughter, and poetry.  I am grateful for my supportive family and close-knit community that believes in my work. For over 15 years and through the voices of these young artists, I have been blessed to have had a front-row seat to the vibrant future that awaits us all.“

This year, recipients of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities will receive a handmade sculpture created by Mark A. Nelson. A program guide, which includes a description of each of the recipients, is available online.

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