In recognition of his decades of uniting communities through art, George Gadson has been presented with The Jim Moran Foundation Award.
"My husband knew George well — and he very much admired his artistic work, generous heart and meaningful philanthropy,” said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. “In fact, it was George who first collaborated with Jim to design and then cast the bronze sculpture given to recipients of this special award.”
At a reception alongside his wife, daughter and close friends, George received the bronze sculpture and an unrestricted grant for $100,000 — reflecting Jim Moran would have turned 100 in 2018 — to the nonprofit of George's choice, Art-Turnatives for Building Communities.
George founded Art-Turnatives in 2010 to offer art experiences in communities that may not otherwise have access.
"For this recognition and honor, I feel even more inspired to reach out to my community, to share my knowledge and my creative gifts and continue to pay it forward to the next generation," said George.
With a unique ability and determination to convey the beauty that surrounds us and lives within each of us, George has created many large-scale works for public spaces with exhibits throughout the state of Florida. He conducts community art engagement projects in underserved areas and provides art instruction to students with disabilities and youth in foster and relative care.
“We appreciate the significant mark George is leaving in our community and thank him for continuing to share his artistic gifts in a way that empowers spirits and brings all of us together,” said Jan Moran.
The Jim Moran Foundation established this annual award in 2003 to acknowledge those who have a history of giving back to their community through active service and personal commitment. The individuals must exemplify the characteristics of the mission of The Foundation, reflect proven accomplishments that address real community needs and/or concerns, and inspire others to embrace civic and charitable responsibility in meeting the needs of their community.