This month’s Artist Spotlight
Art Education is beauty, imagination, and emotion — and our “Miss Bette” is all of these things and more!
Bette Hickman is a professional artist, art teacher and entrepreneur. She studied art at Florida International University and is a fourth generation Floridian. She currently serves as the executive director of a nonprofit international education program, Global Achievers, Inc., that began in 1994. This program developed out of her work as the liaison between business and education during her employment in public education. The vision to prepare students to work and compete in the global market place is the driving force behind Global Achievers, Inc. More often than not, the trade items that are imported and exported have been art or craft related, thus combining the artist’s talent with a focus on marketing.
Bette joined NCAA when she moved to Newnan in 1977.
She began a school of art partnered with the Coweta County Recreation Department in 1978. Hundreds of children have become a member of the Young Artists of Newnan and Coweta County through this effort. Classes are taught weekly for children ages 5-17, adding an important enrichment to the art community in her home town. In 2000, Teri Lewis (aka “Miss Teri”) came on board as an additional art teacher for the younger artists. So, now you know what’s happening, upstairs in our funny shaped building… it’s a certain kind of magic known as Coweta’s Young Artists!
Community involvement is part of Bette’s daily life. Her name is synonymous with a love of children, creativity, leadership, art education and civil work. She has been active with the City of Newnan Cultural Arts Commission; The Coweta/Fayette Professional Woman’s Organization; The Newnan Art Rez program, Coweta Festivals, Inc.; The Salvation Army; Certified Literate is Coweta Key (CLICK); The Voter’s Guild of Greater Atlanta; Coweta 20/20; Partnership of Excellence in Education and Gracious Ladies of Georgia, to name a few.
In 2013, Bette was honored as Coweta County Citizen of the Year for her outstanding leadership and citizenship within the community and for demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride, and a strong commitment to bettering Coweta.
Bette and her husband, John, also own and operate a flying school and charter business out of the Newnan-Coweta Airport. They have two grown sons ─ one an attorney and the other a minister ─ and each are working and serving in the local community. A granddaughter, age 10, also an artist, adds to the family legacy of interpreting God’s world through the arts. In February, Bette & John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!