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Joy Jinks
Founder of Swamp Gravy


Joy Jinks is a graduate of Florida State University with a Master’s in Social Work. As a community organizer she has been involved community and economic development in her home town for over 30 years. Her most notable achievement has been as founder of Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folklife Play which has become a national model for economic development through the Arts and Culture. In 2015, Swamp Gravy is celebrating its 23 year of performances and its role in the development of cultural tourism as an industry. She is organizer of the Tenth Annual Building Creative Communities conference which brings “Cultural Creatives” together to share best practices in using the Arts as an avenue for social change. www.bccconference-colquittga.com. She has had a diverse career as a social worker in public welfare and in Mental Health services as well as an entrepreneur in organizing a women owned gourmet food manufacturing company, The Mayhaw Tree.

She has received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians,” and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colquitt/Miller Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to speaking about the Power of the Arts and Story in community development, she is writing a book called Dynamic Aging, to be published in the Fall.



 

 

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