Jonas Foundation Partnership celebrates 50 years of bringing art into children's lives

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A glass sculpture to celebrate 50 years of bringing art into children's lives was presented by the Jonas Foundation to the following partners. From left are Tim Scott and Lisa Hackney (Dalton Public Schools); Barbie Kendrick (Murray County Schools); and Karey Williams and Judy Gilreath (Whitfield County Schools); Ellen Thompson and Susan Reams (Jonas Foundation); Sarah Jonas (Jonas family); Renee Rector and Amanda Brown (Creative Arts Guild); and Marcie Jonas-Mann (Jonas family).

The Jonas Foundation Partnership has been bringing art into children's lives for 50 years. At their annual board meeting, the Jonas Foundation celebrated this accomplishment by presenting each of its partners with a glass sculpture as a token of appreciation.

The Jonas Foundation board noted that the three school systems in Whitfield and Murray counties have been an integral part of their partnership by helping sponsor artists and welcoming artists into their schools for the past 50 years. The following people accepted a glass sculpture for their school system: Lisa Hackney and Tim Scott for Dalton Public Schools; Barbie Kendrick for Murray County Schools; and Judy Gilreath and Karey Williams for Whitfield County Schools.

The Creative Arts Guild was honored for scheduling hundreds of art performances in area schools each year and for providing administrative assistance to the Jonas Foundation for 50 years. Amanda Brown and Renee Rector, Jonas executive director, accepted a glass sculpture on behalf of the Creative Arts Guild.

It was noted that the partnership would never have existed without the generosity of the Jonas family and their desire to bring art into children's lives. In honor of Oscar and Peggy Jonas and in appreciation of the Jonas family's commitment to the Jonas Foundation board, a glass sculpture was presented to Marcie Jonas Mann and Sarah Jonas.

In further business, art programs and donors were the primary topics. The artists for this past year were reviewed and a slate of artists for the 2019-2020 school year were presented by Rector, Jonas arts programs coordinator. The Seretean Grant recipients from each of our school systems presented an overview of how the grant money enhanced their elementary schools. The Jonas budget for the past year was reviewed and a budget for the coming year was approved. Susan Reams noted that "Our programs would not be possible without the generosity of our donors for the past 50 years."

Attending were trustees Amy Cole, Kay-Lynne Davies, Jonas, Jonas-Mann, Lori McDaniel, Reams, Tracee Reynolds, Savannah Thomas, Ellen Thompson and Bill Weaver; ex-officio trustees Brown, Gilreath and Scott; school residency coordinators Hackney, Dalton Public Schools; Kendrick, Murray County Schools; Richard Nelson, Elbert Shaw RYDC; Melissa Nichols, Northstar; and Williams, Whitfield County Schools; and Rector and Lisa Elders, Creative Arts Guild.

C; Melissa Nichols, Northstar; and Williams, Whitfield County Schools; and Rector and Lisa Elders, Creative Arts Guild.

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