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Culture notes: NBAF to honor Ruby Dee; long-time Arts Papers editor Fortin resigns

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NBAF to honor Ruby Dee

The National Black Arts Festival will announce its summer lineup on May 24, it’s first edition under new executive director Michael Simanga. But plans for one program are already clear: Actress Ruby Dee will be honored during the NBAF’s annual “A Gathering of Colors” gala. Billed as “A Ruby Evening,” the black-tie event  will be held at 7 p.m. July 14 at the St. Regis Atlanta, and women are encouraged to wear ruby red gowns. Information: Judy Hanenkrat, 404-730-6369, www.nbaf.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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Long-time Art Papers editor resigns

Sylvie Fortin, Art Papers editor-in-chief since 2004 and its executive director since 2007, has resigned, and Cinque Hicks will take over on interim basis.

A statement from Art Papers’ board of directors said it “is seeking new leadership dedicated to dynamic international coverage of contemporary art while acknowledging the organization’s Atlanta base which has been so important to its success over its remarkable 36-year history.”

Based in Atlanta with a national and international scope, the bimonthly arts journal is “about contemporary art,” according to its editorial statement. “That’s all we’ve been about for thirty years — stubbornly, unpredictably, and reliably.”

The board plans to divide Fortin’s old job into two positions, with the executive director leading the organization and the editor-in-chief “focused on the creative leadership of Art Papers magazine and related programs.”

Fortin, the statement said, was departing to “pursue other professional opportunities.”

A former Creative Loafing arts critic and an Arts Papers board member, Hicks is creative director of Atlanta Art Now, a biennial publication of Possible Futures Inc. Its mission to to “link contemporary art in Atlanta to broader conversations about contemporary art around the world.” HOWARD POUSNER

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