Nominations Sought for N.C. Heritage Award That Celebrates Traditional Artists

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 19, 2013 – 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 Monday, April 1.


North Carolina Arts CouncilThe 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.


If you would like to nominate a traditional artist in your community, please review the nomination packet at

You can read profiles of previous Heritage Award recipients at


For more information on the N.C. Heritage Award program visit or call (919) 807-6500.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.


Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.


To learn more, visit us online.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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