RALEIGH – Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the award recognizes significant individual contributions in fine arts, literature, public service, and science.
Award nominations may be submitted by anyone and must include a completed nomination form and cover letter, as well as the nominee’s biography or resume. Letters of support and examples of the nominee’s work will also be accepted. All materials should be sent to the North Carolina Awards Committee, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 4601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4601. Nominations will be accepted by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources until April 15.
The North Carolina Awards Committee will review the nominations and make its selections this summer. The recipients will be honored during ceremonies in Raleigh in the fall. Past award recipients have included some of the country’s most distinguished artists, poets, writers, performers, journalists, scientists, and public servants. Among recipients are James Taylor, Maya Angelou, Gertrude Elion, and James B. Hunt.
To receive a copy of the nomination form and guidelines, please contact Jennifer McCrory Fontes at (919) 807-7256 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.