Culture notes: News from gloATL, Spruill Gallery, Decatur Book Fest, Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express
Transitions at many Atlanta cultural institutions
- In its first fundraising campaign since its 2009 debut, the Atlanta performance outfit gloATL has eclipsed a $50,000 challenge goal set by the Atlanta foundation Possible Futures. The fundraising, including grants from Barking Hound Village founder David York and the arts support organization C4 Atlanta, allows gloATL to fill its first administrative position (Paul Boshears becomes operations manager) and to provide health care benefits to its dancers.
- Hope Cohn’s final exhibition as Spruill Gallery’s director, “Emerging Artists 2012,” opens June 7 with a 6-9 p.m. reception. The gallery’s parent organization, the Spruill Center for the Arts, has trimmed the gallery director position as part of a budget-balancing effort. Under Cohn’s leadership, the gallery, at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody, has become an important showplace for rising metro makers. Including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video art, “Emerging Artists” will run through Aug. 11. 770-394-4019, www.spruillgallery.blogspot.com.
- Judy Turner, vice president of Private Bank of Buckhead, will become the AJC Decatur Book Festival’s board president on June 30. She replaces Alice Murray, who has served in the role since the festival’s founding in 2005. Featured authors for the seventh annual festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, will be announced June 19.
- Victoria Palefsky is the new chair of the Alliance Theatre’s board of directors. Palefsky has served as vice chair of the Alliance board as well as the theater’s chair of development. Her other arts board roles include ArtsATL.com, and she has served on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board of directors and Emory University’s board of visitors. Palefsky replaces Dan Reardon, who has chaired the Alliance’s board for two years.
- Lara Smith, who helped Actor’s Express emerge from choking debt in two years as managing director, will depart the long-time Atlanta troupe on July 31 to become managing director at Dad’s Garage. In a statement, Actor’s Express board chairman Bruce Cohen said that Smith has made an “indelible impact,” adding that, with Smith’s help, “we have strong financial systems in place, a dynamic strategic plan and a carefully crafted map for our future.” A national search is underway for her successor.