Lisa Cremin receives 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities; Her work in the arts community recognized during State Capitol ceremony

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ATLANTA – October 5, 2016 – Lisa Cremin, a director with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, has been recognized with a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal presented the award during a ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol.

These awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service in the arts and humanities. Presented by the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities, the Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to work in these fields. Cremin’s achievement was notable because this is the first of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities that has been given to a grantmaker.

Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, said, “Lisa Cremin is a master of relationship management. Atlanta’s arts community thrives because it has a sustained and vital ecosystem – and Lisa has been a major driving force behind it.”

Cremin began working with the Community Foundation in 1993 and under her guidance its Arts Fund has grown to its current size of $9.2 million and in its lifetime has given away more than $12 million. She has been a dedicated advocate and evangelist for small to midsized arts organizations, those groups producing powerful work, a lot of times without the attention or funding they deserve; groups that provide access to the arts to underserved communities. In 2016, the Community Foundation awarded $1 million in grants to arts organizations throughout the 23-county metro Atlanta region.


Pictured in photo, left to right: Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal; Lisa Cremin; Georgia First Lady, Sandra Deal

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $900 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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