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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hires new leader
by LaTria Garnigan
February 06, 2013 02:52 PM | 2298 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Monday, Peggy Still Johnson began her tenure as the new executive director of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.

Johnson has a successful career in just about all aspects of the arts world and plans to bring that experience on board as the center’s new leader to grow the fine arts program.

A snapshot of Johnson’s background reveals she is an accomplished piano and vocal performer, composer, arranger, and arts educator, according to a news release. She attended Brigham Young University and Georgia State University.

Also, according to the release, she sits on several boards including the Advisory Board of the Georgia State University School of Music and the board of governors of the Atlanta chapter of The Recording Academy. As for leadership experience, Johnson has owned and operated her own music school for 23 years and said she is very aware of how to run a business and put systems in place to run it efficiently.

“I want to grow the fine arts program and make it larger and better,” said Johnson of her goals for Callanwolde. “I want to focus on outreach programs. I’ve done a lot of community service and sit on a lot of boards that do community work and I want to do the same thing to Callanwolde.”

Part of that community outreach will include working with the special needs community, seniors, families and veterans. Johnson also wants to make sure to preserve the charm, history and architecture of the 93-year-old facility, which was the original home of the Charles Howard Candler family. Howard was the oldest son of Asa Candler — founder of the Coca-Cola Co.

On the programming side, Johnson said she wants to bring more events to the center — music-centered as well as artwork and gallery-oriented events.

“I’m open to just about anything, as long as it’s tasteful, excellent and serves the community,” she said.

Johnson, who is also adept at social media, said she would like to incorporate social media and marketing into her role to help boost the presence of Callanwolde and its programs.

“I had to do that with my company and my career and clients’ career, and I want to make Callanwolde a household name,” she said. “Many people know about it [Callanwolde], many don’t know about it and there are many who have never been.”

She also plans to partner with corporations, private foundations and organizations to see what they all have in common and what they can do together.

“I’m honored to be here and I just want to give it a facelift, make it fresh and help it grow,” said Johnson of the facility. “Callanwolde has been around before I was born and I want to make sure it’s around after I die. I’m very proud to be part of the legacy of Callanwolde in Atlanta.”

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