Governor's Awards in the Humanities
The state of Georgia
The Governor's Awards in the Humanities recognize individual Georgians and Georgia-based institutions for their contributions to the enrichment and diffusion of ideas among the people of Georgia. Recipient institutions include museums, historical societies, libraries, foundations, businesses, journals, media, and programs. The governor's award recognizes institutions for the scope and cumulative impact of their work, their exemplary efforts to promote greater public awareness and appreciation of the humanities, and their service to Georgia's communities and the state. Institutional award winners include the Massie Heritage Center in Savannah, Augusta Museum of History, Historic Augusta, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the journals Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Review, and the University of Georgia Press.
Individual recipients of the governor's awards come from every region of the state. They are recognized for devoting a lifetime of service toward advancing the humanities and include writers who have recovered stories that would otherwise be lost and presented them to new audiences; master teachers at the school and collegiate levels whose love for, and devotion to, history, literature, and other disciplines of the humanities have influenced generations of learners and enriched the quality of life in their communities; scholars whose efforts have ensured that the humanities reach the broadest possible public audiences; and community activists, professionals, and volunteers whose labors are critical to the preservation of the building blocks of community memory—architecture, archival records, archaeological finds, and the narratives and biographies of those who came before us. Among the individual award winners are Adrienne Bond, Kenneth Coleman, W. W. Law, and Robert Scott.
Recipients of the governor's awards are honored at a special luncheon and ceremony in the Old Georgia Railroad
The Governor's Awards in the Humanities is a unique way of bringing recognition to the often "unsung heroes" in Georgia's communities, those who rarely seek attention for their efforts; but because of these efforts, the lives of Georgia's citizens are enriched.
Jamil S. Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities Council
A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.