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Billionaire answers call to action, invests in Liberia; Wolfe to head creative team in Atlanta

George C. Wolfe Takes Design from the Apple to the Peach

0612_George-C.-WolfeTony-Award winning director George C. Wolfe will be leaving Broadway to work as the new chief creative officer at the Center for Civil & Human Rights (CCHR) in Atlanta.

“It’s amazing to be a part of an organization which is going to be located in Atlanta, yet by virtue of it’s subject matter and vision, is connected to the entire world,” said Wolfe in a press release.

Wolfe will oversee the creation of design concepts and themes for the center, He will work closely with the center’s architectural team, the Freelon Group, a black-owned architectural firm and other designers, on the $125 million, 100,000 square foot center.

Known for directing several Broadway gems including the Tony Award-winning “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” he also earned the directors Guild Award, four NAACP Image Awards, and seven Emmy Award nominations for the movie “Lackawanna Blues.”

The CCHR, which is slated to open in Atlanta in 2012, is projected to have 800,000 visitors in its first year and generate $1.3 billion in economic impact for Atlanta over the course of its first 10 years in operation.

- Marcia A. Wade

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