Cultural Awards

The annual Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Central Georgia through their work or philanthropic efforts. Recognizing the unique challenges of 2020, Macon Arts Alliance is also honoring people, projects and events that were implemented in response to either the global COVID-19 pandemic or that promoted racial equity.

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Past Cultural Award Recipients

* denotes deceased

13WMAZ/Don McGouirk (1997)
Robert Ackerman (1995)
Martha Emma Anderson* (1991)
Nancy Briska Anderson (1993)
Peyton Anderson Foundation (1994)
Franklin Camp Bacon (2006)
James E. Barfield (2004)
Louise Barfield (2005)
Bob Barnette* (1993)
Belk Matthews/William Matthews (1992)
Bike Walk Macon (2020)
Camille Thomas Bishop (2010)
Beverly Blake (2015)
Jane Boyd-Hamilton* (2012)
Janice Brice (2013)
Brown & Williamson Corp. (1993)
Dorothy Ogden Brown (2006)
Jeff Bruce (2016)
Candy Burgess (1999)
Craig Burkhalter (2015)
James Caldwell (1998)
September Carter (2010)
Sydney Chalfa (2000)
Charter Medical Corp. (1991)
Edward K. Clark, MD (2006)
Contemporary Arts Exchange (2007)
Kathleen Cook (2013)
Virgil E. Cooper, Jr.(2010)
Nancy Brown Cornett (1992)
Cox Communications (1999)
Tracy Smith Coyle (2007)
Jim Crisp, Jr. (1996)
Joe Cullison (2016)
Sammy and Annie Dame (2015)
Joanne English Dockrell (2004)
Bonnie C. Dowling (2011)
Mattie Dunn (2000)
Mary Bennett Cox Dunwody* (1993)
Edward Eikner (1997)
Rosalyn Elkan* (1992)
Priscilla Esser (2012)
The 11th Hour/Brad & Meagan Evans (2005)
Teresa Rett English (1997)
Chi Ezekwueche (1999)
Roy Fickling (1997)
William A. Fickling, Jr. (1991)
Betsy Fitzgerald (2016)
Friends of Tattnall Square Park (2015)
Steven Fulbright (2019)
Georgia College Theatre & Dance (2019)
Georgia Power/Mitchell King (2000)
Maestro Adrian Gnam (2009)
Joan Stockstill Godsey (2010)
Dr. R. Kirby Godsey (2001)
JoAnn Green (1998)
Kenneth Hammond (2013)
Suzanne Jones Harper (2009)
Sylvia Haynie (2008)
Sally Murphey Heard (2008)
Sara Beth Hertwig* (2011)
C. Terry Holland (2000)
Ray Horne* (2009)
Christopher Arthur Dale Howard (2017)
Hudson & Marshall (2002-03)
Rick Hutto (2000)

Bobby Jones* (1993)
John T. Jones (2007)
Louise Kaplan (2005)
Shelley Kuhen (1997)
Betty Sweet Simmons Ladson (2009)
Eleanor A. Lane (2010)
Catharine B. Liles (1998)
Macon Film Festival (2013)
Macon Iron & Paper/Chip Koplin (2002-03)
Macon Magazine/Lynn Cass & Joni Woolf (1995)
Macon Neighborhood Arts (1994)
The Macon Telegraph/Edmund E. Olson (1992)
Jane Madison (2014)
Martha Malone (2019)
Dennis McCleary (2004)
Susan McDuffie (1998)
Jackie McNair (1998)
Wini McQueen (1997)
Rudy Mendes (2005)
Judson Mitcham (2002-03)
Scott Mitchell (2020)
Tom Morris (2014)
Susan Morton (2001)
Freda Nadler** (1991)
Willie Nesbitt (2011)
New Town Macon/Mike Ford (2008)
Kathy Nolan (2007)
Nutcracker of Middle Georgia (2016)
Katherine Carmichael Oliver* (2007)
Paul Oppy (1992)
Phillips Performing Arts (2017)
Carey Pickard (1996)
Macon Pops (2019)
Sean Pritchard (2015)
Morris Purcel (2006)
Karla Redding-Andrews (2016)
Stephen Reichert (2015)
Riverside Ford/John Shoemaker (1998)
Dr. Stanley L. Roberts (2017)
Donald L. Rosen* (1994)
Terrell Sandefur (2009)
Kim Schnell (2002-03)
Lena Schram* (1994)
Howard Scott (1996)
Jeanette Lang Shackelford (1994)
Chris Sheridan (1995)
Dee Shields (1996)
Nancy Shurling (2013)
Claire Smith (2013)
Linda Smyth (2001)
Nan Solomon (2012)
Rosemary Spiegel (2006)
Kay B. Stephens (2008)
Storytellers Macon (2020)
Stratford Academy (2020)
Stella Tsai (1998)
Vineville Academy of the Arts (2002-03)
Laura Voss (2015)
Eric Wakefield (2014)
Alan Walden (2011)
Gina Ward (2013)
Delma Findlay Watson (2008)
Wesleyan College (2019)
Kirk West & Kirsten West (2019)
Tom Wight (2005)
Georgette Pilar Wilder (2004)
Ron Williams (1996)
Kathy Willingham (2014)
Doris Wood (2000)

Zelma and Otis Redding Spirit of Community Award Recipient

Robert McDuffie (2019)

Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Maryel Battin (2007, 2015)
Jim Crisp (2017)
Eugene Cox Dunwody (2001)
Turner Gaughf* (1996)
Marianna Gebara (2013)
William A. Lane* (1991, 2004)
Del Ward Leslie (2011)

William Tony Long, Sr. (1995, 2016)
Dennis McCleary (2004, 2019)
Blythe McKay* (1995)
Beverly Olson (2014)
Betty Sanders (1997)
Betty Sweet Simmons* (1994, 2001)
Wilfred Stroud* (1991, 1999)
Jean Evans Weaver (1999, 2010)