Outkast's Big Boi Honored For Cultural Impact

The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation (KTCF) established in 1981 to research, collect, and present the African-American historical and cultural experience to the public, recently announced that Antwan (Big Boi) Patton will receive the Foundation's 2005 Fine Arts Award.

The KTCF Awards is an annual banquet that recognizes people through out the community who have been consistent and stellar in their work to improve their surroundings in one of several areas: public service, fine arts, education, and historic preservation.

Previous award recipients have been: Leah Sears-Ward, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; Jonathan Green, nationally known artist; Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey and the Rock; Thurbert Baker, Georgia Attorney General; and Max Cleland, former Senator from Georgia.

"Patton has demonstrated with brilliant creativity and keen conscience his ability to communicate with a broad audience," said KTCF Board Chairman Larry Chisolm in a statement. "His professionalism and devotion to his craft has set a higher standard for artisans and budding musicians not only in Georgia, but throughout the world."

Big Boi will be be presented the 2005 Fine Arts Award by the Dean of the School of Media and Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Danny Filson.

The awards banquet is scheduled to be held on October 8th, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah Georgia.

The program and presentations will begin on the evening of October 8th at 7:30 p.m., with a reception planned at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets for the banquet are available for $75.00.

For more information contact the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000.