Announcing the 2017 Emory Creativity & Arts Award Winners

January 11, 2017

The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) presents its seventh annual Creativity & Arts Awards night on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:15 p.m. in the Chace Upper Lobby of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Awards are presented to individuals on Emory’s campus and in the local community who have made significant contributions to the arts in metro Atlanta.

This year, Jane Thorpe will receive the 2017 Arts Advocate Award in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the arts including the organization of the Atlanta Music Festival. This year’s week-long festival featured a concert performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by over 550 Atlanta school children, a panel of visual and performing artists, a panel on race relations for lawyers, and a culminating reception and gala concert at Emory’s Glenn Auditorium featuring African-American opera star Jessye Norman.

Sue Schroeder, Artistic Director and founder of CORE Dance Company will receive the 2017 Arts Administrator Award in acknowledgement of her integral role in hosting the EXPOSED Dance Festival, as well as her continual commitment to the Atlanta dance community. The EXPOSED Contemporary Dance and Physical Theatre Festival brought together visiting Israeli artists and local Atlanta artists in performances, workshops, classes, and artist conversations over six weeks.

The 2017 Artist Award will be presented to Brenda Bynum, Emory Professor Emerita. Since her retirement, Bynum has done extensive work with the Beckett Project of the Laney Graduate School including the scripting and production of the Chamber Readings and the proofreading of the Letters of Samuel Beckett.

Other 2017 award recipients are:

  • Pellom McDaniels III, Emory Faculty
  • Shelia Cavenaugh, Emory Faculty
  • Clint Flucker, Emory student
  • Adam Friedman, Emory student and STIPE Scholar
  • Malina Rodriguez, Emory staff
  • Dr. Bill Eley, Emory School of Medicine
  • The Clark Family, Emory Arts Volunteers

The 2017 CCA awards seek to honor individuals in the community who work to support development, accessibility, inclusion, and innovation in the arts in the Emory and Atlanta communities.

The awards ceremony is open to the public, but reservations are required. Emil to reserve a seat for this event. For more information, visit or call 404-712-9894.