On May 10, 2007 the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund held its annual luncheon to announce its 2007 grants and honor the recipients. The luncheon celebrated 15 years of grants by the Arts Fund, showcasing over 30 grant recipients from over the years. Over 700 of Atlanta's arts, business, and civic leaders officials gathered in downtown Atlanta for the event. For a full list of the 2007 grantees, please visit the grants page. The Arts Fund thanks its generous 2007 luncheon sponsors for making this event possible.

The 2007 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Luncheon   Kenny Leon, artistic director, True Colors Theatre Company (2006 grantee) gives the keynote address

Left to right: Matt Brill, and Arts Fund board members, Ron Brill and Lynda Courts
  Left to right: Alan Schreihofer and Arts Fund board members: Bahns Stanley, Ellis, McQuarry & Stanley; M. Kasim Reed, Holland & Knight; and Virginia Hepner, GHL LLC

Joe Sykes, Justin Wellborn, Maia Knispel, and Ariel de Man of Out of Hand Theater (2006 grantee) perform a piece from their show "Help!"

  Anne Dennington, executive director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (2005 grantee)
Isabelle Ngcobo, artistic director of Soweto Street Beat Theatre (2000 grantee)

  Arts Fund grantees from the past 15 years
Rob Cleveland, Atlanta actor, comedian and 2007 Arts Fund luncheon emcee, addresses the audience.

  Michele Ziemann-DeVos of The Georgia Ballet (2006 grantee)

Lisa Cremin, director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
  Shirley Mitchell of Bank of America, 2007 luncheon sponsor and Arts Fund board member

Raye Varney, Theatre in the Square (1995 grantee), and Sharmen Gowens, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2007 luncheon sponsor

  Cathy Ramos of The Coca-Cola Company, 2007 luncheon lead sponsor
Left to right: Alicia Steele, Kerry Swanson, and Rene Lindsay of WABE 90.1FM, 2007 luncheon sponsor
  Arts Fund board members, Mira Hirsch, Jewish Theatre of the South (left) and Andrea Barnwell, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (right), join Kenny Leon and Lisa Cremin

Sylvie Fortin, editor-in-chief and Peter Bahouth, board chair, Art Papers Magazine (2007 grantee)

  Sue Schroeder, artistic director and Greg Pierce, board chair of Several Dancers Core (2007 grantee)

Bill Balzer, board chair, Scott Zimmerman, general manager, and Tom Key, producing artistic director of Theatrical Outfit (2007 grantee)
  Left to right: Josh Phillipson, Arts Fund; Guy Tuttle, Televent (2007 luncheon sponsor), Lisa Cremin; Bruce Harlan, Televent; and Rob Cleveland

All photos by Ross Oscar Knight Photography, 2007.

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