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Lieberman’s work leaves legacy of advancing arts in Douglas
by Bill Baldowski
January 08, 2014 11:26 AM | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Having retired as executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County after 11 years, Laura Lieberman won’t have much time to relax. She has been named president of the Georgia Alliance of Arts Education.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Having retired as executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County after 11 years, Laura Lieberman won’t have much time to relax. She has been named president of the Georgia Alliance of Arts Education.
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Laura Lieberman, who retired as executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville / Douglas County Dec. 31, has always felt artistic expression was vital to the total development of a community.

Although she has left the Douglasville council, Lieberman, who has always been interested in arts education within the community, won’t have much free time. She has been named president of the Georgia Alliance of Arts Education.

“This is a 15-year-old state organization dedicated to working with teachers in school systems throughout Georgia to improve their student art programs,”

Lieberman said.

Lieberman’s tenure as executive director of the arts council has always found her at the forefront of its achievements in her effort to increase the community’s education in the arts and its appreciation and love of the arts.

Her service to the arts has been marked with ongoing successful arts council community activities which, she emphasized, has involved the creation of partnerships with many community groups.

Lieberman made special mention of the pride she has had for members of the arts council’s board of directors, the volunteers on its committees and the art center’s staff members, as well as its community partners and sponsors.

“Without these people on our team, we would have been able to do very little in regard to the arts in Douglasville and Douglas County,” she said.

Lieberman said when she arrived in Douglasville in 2003, the arts council was in its 16th year of operation as, what she termed, a small but well-run, community-based local arts agency.

One of her proudest achievements happened to be among her first projects as executive director – the establishment of a spring break arts camp for Douglas youngsters, which was created in partnership with the Douglas County Recreation Department.

Another of her memorable accomplishments was the institution of the arts council’s Arts in Afterschool program.

“In this program, artists in residence work with the school system’s neediest students, offering success and pride of accomplishment to many children who rarely succeed and then be able to share that success with their families,” Lieberman said.
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