September 13, 2010

Center for Creativity & Arts honors artistic leaders of Atlanta

The 2010-2011 Arts at Emory season opened with style and grace at the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) Soiree and Awards Celebration on Friday, Sept. 10.

Jazz music floated through the hallways of Emory’s Schwartz Center, where faculty, staff, students and other community members enjoyed activities from poetry readings to breakdancing workshops, while the graffiti wall drew the interest of anyone with an unexercised desire toward creative vandalism. 

As part of the Soiree evening, the CCA presented the first-ever Creativity & Arts Awards, recognizing individuals making singular contributions to the arts community at Emory and in the metro-Atlanta area.  Awards were given for artistic and administrative pioneering at the heart of the CCA mission, including discovery, courageous inquiry, innovation, collaboration and exploration of new frontiers.

2010 Creativity & Arts awardees

Jerry Cullum, editor at large for ART PAPERS magazine and frequent contributor to countless journals, as well as curator of several visual arts exhibitions for Atlanta venues, was recognized with the “Emory University Alumni Award.”

Carlton Mackey, creator of the Free Speech Arts Café and the Ethics Arts Café, was awarded the “Emory University & Healthcare Staff Award.” Mackey is assistant director of the D. Abbot Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership at the Emory Center for Ethics and uses the arts as a vehicle for understanding ethics, for opening conversation, and for integrating people and perspectives that do not speak.

Seyed Safavynia, MD/PhD dual degree candidate at the Emory School of Medicine, earned the “Emory University Student Award.” Safavynia, who began playing the violin at age 5 and composing at age 9, has always made time to incorporate his passion for music into his rigorous studies and life as an educator.

David Schuster, director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in the Department of Radiology, was given the “Emory University Arts Volunteer Award” for his numerous activities in the Atlanta arts scene and his work to make Emory a destination for the arts, as well as a resource for the arts in the Atlanta region.

Lauri Stallings, dancemaker, was presented with the “Community Impact Award” for her work with “gloATL” as well as her work and research in the area of dance and its adherent ability to develop human potential.

Lori Teague, associate professor of dance, received the “Emory University Faculty Award” for her courageous choreographic offerings and performances, as well as her passionate commitment to service of all the arts at Emory.

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