New Director of Georgia Council for the Arts Announced

Wednesday, 06 July 2011
Karen L. Paty has been named Director of Georgia Council for the Arts by Governor Nathan Deal. The official announcement was released earlier today by the Georgia Department of Economic Development where GCA is a division. "I am excited about this opportunity to continue to work with and for so many dedicated organizations and individuals in the arts industry throughout the state," said Paty. "As a part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, GCA has a platform for growth and advancement that will allow the Council to be responsive to the needs of Georgia's arts community and result in additional benefits and services for all of our grantees as well as the citizens of Georgia."

As GCA Director, she is responsible for overall agency guidance which includes managing the staff, ensuring fiscal oversight and implementing policies and procedures, such as public and private partnerships. Additionally, she will work closely with the GCA Advisory Board. "We are very proud of Karen for the strong leadership she has supplied these last several months," states GCA Advisory Board Chair Kathleen Williams. "I am impressed with her creative energy, new ideas and active efforts to develop and secure new relationships within the arts and business community."

Karen has been involved in the arts and community development for more than 15 years. In addition to working with Georgia Council for the Arts, she has managed numerous local community building initiatives, designed and implemented leadership programs, and worked with organizations to underscore the power of arts.

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Contact Jhai James for more information at 404.962.4839 or jjames@gaarts.org.