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Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards

The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is a one-time, annual award presented by the South Carolina General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards each year.

 

The award for traditional artists recognizes those who practice art forms that have been transmitted through their families and communities. These artists have demonstrated a commitment to keeping their tradition alive and have, in turn, used their art to benefit those around them.

 

The award for traditional arts advocates recognizes individuals and groups that have worked to further traditional culture in the state. Those who are not traditional artists, but who have provided service that helps to sustain and promote South Carolina traditions, are eligible for the advocacy award.

The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is managed jointly by the Traditional Arts Program of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum.

 

Please see nomination instructions for additional information.

 

 


 

Jean Laney Harris
(1933-1997)

 

A state representative for District No. 53 (Chesterfield-Marlboro County) until her death on January 26, 1997, Jean Laney Harris was known and respected as an outspoken advocate and ardent supporter of the arts and cultural resources of the state.

 

During her 18 years in the House of Representative, she was Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Cultural Affairs and a member of House Ways and Means Committee.  She played a major role in the recognition of South Carolinians in their contributions to the arts with the Folk Heritage Awards and the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards.  She was also a supporter of the expanded role of the Governor's School for the Arts.  Jean Laney Harris was always a strong advocate for the areas of education, and arts and cultural affairs.

 


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For more information about the Folk Heritage Award, contact Doug Peach (803-734-8764), South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Coordinator.