Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award

Awards to South Carolina Artists, Individuals, and
Organizations for Long-Term Contributions to Traditional Arts

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

11/15/17 5:00 PM EST

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Awards to South Carolina individual artists, organizations, and individuals to recognize outstanding career contributions to folk and traditional art forms. The purpose of this award is to honor, conserve, and promote the diverse art forms that make South Carolina unique. Before submitting a nomination, you are strongly advised to contact the Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director to determine whether your nominee is eligible. Awards will be given in three categories: Traditional Artist, Traditional Arts Organizations, and Advocate.

Traditional arts include art forms and practices that contribute to the shared identity of a particular group. This group may share a common ethnic background, language, religion, region, occupation, etc. Lineage and continuity are key to identifying traditional art forms, which reflect a community's values, aesthetics, and experiences.

While an artist may be very skilled in a particular art form, it is their identity as a member of a specific community and the manner in which the art form was learned that indicate whether the artist is a traditional artist. Traditional artists are not self-taught and do not learn from books, magazines, workshops or classes; instead, their art forms are learned and handed down as part of their community's cultural life.

Individual artists, organizations, and arts advocates may be nominated for an award.

This award honors those who have spent a significant portion of their lives advocating for and/or creating traditional art forms significant to South Carolina.

Artists must have learned the art informally and not through schools, classes, workshops, etc.

Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.

Nominees must be practicing their art or advocating for a traditional art in the state of South Carolina. Past Folk Heritage Award recipients are not eligible.

Nominees practicing remnants of the past that are no longer practiced in contemporary life, will not be considered for this award.

Deadline: Nominations for the 2018 awards must be submitted by Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Before submitting a nomination, you are strongly advised to contact the Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director to determine whether your nominee is eligible.

Award recipients will be announced in late spring.

More information about Folklife and Traditional Arts may be found here:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To nominate:

Laura Marcus Green, Program Director

South Carolina Arts Commission
Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Nominations
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201

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