Announcing the 2019 Emory University Creativity & Arts Awards

January 11, 2019

The Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts (CCA) announces the 2019 Creativity & Arts awards, presented annually to individuals in the Emory and Atlanta community who support development, accessibility, inclusion, and innovation in the arts.

Community members are invited to celebrate this year’s awardees at the Creativity & Arts Awards reception Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chace Upper Gallery of Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

The 2019 Community Impact Arts Advocate Award will be presented to Emory college alumnus Doug Shipman (95C). Shipman currently serves as the president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center—the third largest arts center in the United States. The Woodruff Arts Center hosts over one million patrons annually and educates over 200,000 young people throughout the state of Georgia via the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, and the High Museum of Art.

Prior to joining the Woodruff Arts Center, Shipman served as CEO and managing director of BrightHouse Consulting, a BCG company, and as founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.

Other 2019 award recipients are:

  • Katherine Dirga, Community Impact Arts Administrator
  • Randy Gue, Emory University Staff
  • Davis Husk, Emory University Undergraduate Student
  • Anna Leo, Emory University Faculty
  • Leonard Pallats, Emory University Arts Volunteer
  • Veena Rajeevan, Emory Healthcare
  • Stephen Weizenecker, Emory University Alumni
  • Minka Wiltz, Community Impact Artist 

The 2019 Creativity & Arts Awards ceremony takes place Thursday, January 24 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the awards program starting at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Reservations are requested by emailing For more information, visit