Roswell's Artistic Director Robert J. Farley recently received the 2011 Flourish Award from the Kennesaw State University College of the Arts for his work directing North Fulton's only professional theatre company and acting as a significant arts leader throughout the the metropolitan Atlanta community.
"Not only have you created a tremendous cultural asset for Fulton County, but the work that you do extends far beyond the county line," the Award selection committee told Farley. "Thank you for all that you do to help the arts 'flourish' in our community."
The College of the Arts created the Flourish Awards in 2005 to honor individuals and organizations in the community who support, promote or participate in the arts in metropolitan Atlanta and Northwest Georgia. Nominees are sought in four categories: arts leader, arts educator, public/community service and nonprofit arts organization or arts company. These nominations are reviewed by a distinguished panel of volunteers from the arts and media in our community.
The arts leader category is open to performers, artists, presenters, designers, directors, or administrators working in an arts-related field or for a program or organization that provides direct support to the arts or arts education.
"It’s an honor to be recognized by KSU," said Farley. "GET has had the opportunity to collaborate with many students and faculty from the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance throughout the years and it has been a joy to work with such talented artists. We look forward to continuing that collaboration in the future."
Farley was also recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California. He and Managing Director Anita Allen-Farley have been named Lexus Leaders of the Arts by Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Visionary Leaders of Theatre by the Leitalift Foundation. GET was voted Best Theatre Company by Atlanta Magazine readers in 2008 and received CABY Awards for Arts Organization of the Year and Excellence in Arts Education from the Roswell Cultural Arts Board.
The KSU College of the Arts will formally present the Flourish Award to Farley and recipients in three other categories at an annual luncheon on Tuesday, September 13, shortly after GET opens Farley’s staging of Jeff Daniels’ Wild West comedy, Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid.