RALEIGH – Artists who help tell North Carolina’s unique story through the traditional arts of their communities can be nominated for a North Carolina Heritage Award through Wednesday, May 1.
The North Carolina Heritage Award, a program of the N.C. Arts Council, honors active traditional artists; recognizes artistic excellence in a traditional art; celebrates contributions to communities; and promotes North Carolina’s cultural heritage.
Heritage Award recipients include masters of such traditions as string band, gospel, balladry and blues music; master storytellers; and experts in craft traditions that include pottery, basketry, blacksmithing, weaving, boatbuilding and carving, among others.
The North Carolina Heritage Award has honored 120 artists since the program started in 1989. Recipients of the awards range from internationally acclaimed musicians to folks who quietly practice their art in rural and family settings. Many Heritage Award recipients have also gained national and international attention. Arthel “Doc” Watson, Earl Scruggs, Etta Baker, Ray Hicks and 12 others have received National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Criteria for selection include authenticity, current and past record of excellence and significance of the nominees within the context of their particular cultural tradition.
For more information on the N.C. Heritage Award program visit the Arts Council’s website or call (919) 807-6500. The N.C. Arts Council is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.