In 1979, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners established the Fulton County Arts Council to enhance the quality of life of Fulton County Residents. The Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture serves as Fulton County’s funding agency to support cultural programs and the agency which provides services to Fulton County based nonprofit arts organizations and Fulton County residents.
We believe the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities. The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.
For more than 30 years Fulton County Arts & Culture has vigorously pursued quality arts programming through support and development of artists, arts organizations, arts institutions and cultural programming for residents.
Lionell Thomas, Director
Lionell Thomas comes to the Fulton County after nearly three decades of dedicated public service in the arts in the Washington, DC metropolitan region and national cultural stage. For over 26 years, Lionell was a stalwart at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), serving in various professional capacities including most recently as the Executive Director from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure as DCCAH’s Executive Director, he directed strategic planning efforts that successfully grew the agency’s budget from $7 million to $17 million in less than four years. He was also credited with oversight of the financial business plan instrumental to restoring the Historic Lincoln Theater. From 2009 to 2011 as the Executive Director of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC), Lionell was responsible for raising the visibility of PGAHC, expanding programs to the community and establishing the humanities as central to the core mission of the agency.
Having served on numerous nonprofit national boards and commissions, Lionell is widely respected for his keen knowledge and profound sensitivity to arts and culture. Lionell holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Lionell was inducted into the DC Hall of Fame in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the arts as the youngest ever to receive the honor.