Clayton County, GA has received the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award! This national award honors an elected county board or individual leader who has significantly advanced the arts in the communities they serve and is given annually by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
The county is being honored for its ART WORKS program, which unites Arts Clayton —a nonprofit community organization that hosts children’s’ programs and a public art gallery —with Clayton State University, Atlanta Technical College and the Clayton County Public Schools. The public-private partnership trains a modern workforce for the creative jobs of the future. Additionally, as part of Georgia’s “Camera Ready Communities” program, Clayton County was one of the first certified film offices in the state, attracting over 30 television and film projects from 2010-2013 and injecting the weakened local economy with much-needed temporary jobs.
“On behalf of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners and the residents of Clayton County, we are honored to be the recipients of the County Arts Leadership Award,” said Sonna Singleton Gregory, Clayton County commissioner. “We are extremely proud of our ART WORKS program, as it is a wonderful example of how effective and productive public-private partnerships can be when all entities involved are working toward the same goal. Our arts initiatives are truly making Clayton County a great place to live, work, learn and raise a family.”