A Special Message from Mr. Barry Spurlock, Chairman of the Board
A Special Message from Mr. Barry Spurlock, Chairman of the Board:
Dear members, donors, supporters and friends,
You are the reason we’ve spent another successful year at the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant cultural community. Without your support, contributions, attendance in classes, and participation in cultural events, we would not be able to fulfill our mission.
Thanks to you, 2017 was another busy year at the Goethe:
- You celebrated the #CanYouFashionIt project with us, a series of events looking into Israeli German fashion from 1914 to the present day.
- You joined us for Europe Day with sample language classes, games, and European short films.
- Your dedication enabled us to host programs for over 1500 college and high school students through career days, intercultural workshops, and speaker visits.
- Your support helped us to host our very first European Studies Summit with the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, a summer camp for high school students.
You saved us from closure when government funding was cut. It is your support that enables us to continue to be a part of the vibrant cultural community in Atlanta. As a locally funded Georgia nonprofit organization, the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta relies on the community, about 50 percent of our budget comes from specific grants and fundraising from supporters like you.
We would also like to thank all those who are currently working at the Goethe-Zentrum, or who have worked at the Goethe-Institut, Friends of Goethe, and the Goethe-Zentrum as administrative staff, teachers, board members, or as one of our many volunteers. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Your support and the volunteering of your time is invaluable.
A special thank you goes out to our former executive director, Miriam Bruns for all her hard work and dedication. Ms. Bruns left her post in November to join the project “Deutschlandjahr 2018” at the Goethe-Insitut in Washington.
We are looking forward to another year of strengthening cross-cultural ties between Germany and the Southeastern United States. With your help and support, we can continue to engage the community in dialogue about current cultural issues and remain a vital part of Atlanta’s cultural hub.
Thank you to all of you for being a vital part of the Goethe Atlanta!
Auf Wiedersehen am Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta,
Chairman of the Board