Newsmakers: Hannah Cook, Rome Little Theatre director, named Bartow Public Art Researcher. Dwight Hutchins, Darlington Class of 1982, elected to fourth term as chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Adairvsille’s Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Newsmakers: Hannah Cook, Rome Little Theatre director, named Bartow Public Art Researcher. Dwight Hutchins, Darlington Class of 1982, elected to fourth term as chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Adairvsille’s Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

The Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors announces that the Grant for a Bartow Public Art Researcher has been awarded to Hannah Cook, Rome. The director of the Rome Little Theatre since 2016, she holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies Degree from Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va., and has extensive experience in professional creative positions. She was the Creative Team Project Manager for Dave Ramsey’s The Lampo Group, Nashville, and manager of Special Projects Development and Marketing for Word Entertainment, also of Nashville.

“I genuinely believe my unique experience could be exactly what this grant needs to achieve the objectives,” Cook said. “As the only staff person at the Rome Little Theatre, I’m familiar with the process of juggling many projects at once and know the importance of genuine relationships over superficial business connections.”

As the recipient of the Bartow Pubic Art Researcher Grant, Cook is charged with building a countywide consensus among leaders, residents, artists and the corporate community of what a unified public art program should bring to the quality of life and economic vitality of Bartow County. In so doing, she will be calling on a wide range of people throughout the county to initiate discussions intended to lead to a comprehensive plan for the display and creation of public art countywide.

“The initiative is an outgrowth of the Art Walk that was installed in downtown Cartersville last year with funds obtained by the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority from a Vibrant Community Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts,” CVB Executive Director Ellen Archer explained. “And, we already have an amazing cornerstone of public art with the sculpture garden surrounding the Booth Western Art Museum.”

While the Public Art Research Grant has a 12-month duration, the goal is that the researcher will successfully (1) analyze other Georgia communities public arts programs and determine best practices; (2) determine existing City or County ordinances that potentially impact a public arts program; (3) recommend an organizational structure for a sustainable Bartow arts program, 4) develop a database of local art resources and ( 5) catalog potential grants and other funding sources for arts programming which will enhance public appreciation and contribute to sustained economic growth.


Dwight Hutchins, a 1982 graduate of Darlington, has been re-elected by the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham) as Chairman for a record fourth term, making him the longest serving chair since its establishment in 1973. He will focus on U.S.-China trade and hosting Business Summit of Asian Chambers next year. Hutchins was first elected as chairman in 2016 and was re-elected without any opposition. Under his leadership, AmCham has revitalized the Chamber’s strategic oversight, policy directions and governance. Prior to his election, Hutchins was already an active member of AmCham, and has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2014. His involvement with the American business community has been invaluable, spurring the development and success of AmCham in recent years, as the Chamber enjoys strong growth in membership and activities, while still remaining financially sustainable. As an APAC managing director, Hutchins currently leads Accenture’s Consumer Strategy practice across AsiaAfrica, and the Middle East. He is responsible for helping Accenture’s clients improve their competitiveness and performance in the region. He has extensive experience in public policy, and global consulting in banking and manufacturing.


Adairvsille’s Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy: U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced the appointments of 24 Georgia students nominated by his office to the United States Service Academies for the Class of 2023. Representing Northwest Georgia is Emma Smith of Adairsville who’ll be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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