December 1, 2020

Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp today announced the recipients of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

“I’m honored to recognize the organizations and individuals whose efforts have preserved and enhanced our culture and stories to create a better Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “When our arts and humanities sectors thrive, we see prosperity and revitalization in communities across our state. I applaud the work of each of our recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and the valuable impacts they have made in our state.”

“The arts and humanities play a vital role in making Georgia the best state in the country to live, work, and raise a family,” said First Lady Marty Kemp. “Brian and I are so proud to honor the work of these incredibly talented individuals and organizations, and on behalf of all Georgians, we’re grateful for their important contributions to the Peach State.”

Maestro Robert Spano is one of ten members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities who were awarded with this honor following a competitive selection process from nominations submitted from around the state. 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 recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:

Maestro Robert Spano, Atlanta
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association, Blue Ridge
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon
Dr. Eddie Bennett, Decatur
Mr. Brian Brown, Fitzgerald
Mr. Kevin Cole, Atlanta
Dr. Jim Hammond, Atlanta
Ms. Yvonne Grovner, Sapelo Island
Mr. William S. Morris III, Augusta
Ms. Susan Majette Murphy, Darien

An acceptance video featuring each of the recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Awards of the Arts and Humanities, accompanied by additional details about their contributions is available, and Robert Spano’s segment can be seen here.