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Executive Director

Georgia Council for the Arts

Karen L. Paty

Karen L. Paty has been working in the arts and community development for more than 15 years and was hired as executive director of Georgia Council for the Arts in 2011. As the agency’s first hired director, she has executed multiple programs and projects, including guidance of an annual Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, inclusion of the arts in several tourism initiatives such as the Tourism Product Development grant, and development of The Art of Georgia, Georgia Council for the Arts’s first exhibit featuring the work of state artists at the capitol. Upon being hired as executive director, she led the creation and implementation of a new five-year strategic plan that redefined the agency’s mission and goals to better provide an opportunity for the arts to become an integral part of the lives of all Georgians. In recognition of her valuable contributions to the arts and to the state of Georgia, Paty was named one of the 2013 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine. Prior to her work at the Georgia Council for the Arts, Paty was associate director of civic engagement at Hands On Atlanta, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through volunteerism and civic engagement. She is a graduate of New York University, where she was a recipient of the university’s President’s Award for Service. (Board term 2016-2021)