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South Carolina to Honor 2015 Folk Heritage Award Winners

March 11, 2015

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina announce the James Brothers and Betty McDaniel as the 2015 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients. The awards will be presented May 13 in Columbia at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St., during a special concert and ceremony beginning at 6:15 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.


The James Brothers (Leon and Marshall), of Lyman, have been singing traditional music since the 1940s. They call themselves the “Old School Gospel Duo” and since 1995, have been performing in an a capella style. The duo continues an active performance schedule at churches, festivals, family reunions and other community events in the Upstate.


McDaniel, of Pickens, has been a tireless advocate of Appalachian culture in South Carolina for more than 35 years. She has been the driving force behind the exemplary Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) and Preserving our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM) programs in the Upstate and has made it her mission to disseminate traditional Appalachian dance, music, foodways, and stories to audiences of all ages.


Also on May 13, the award recipients will be honored by McKissick Museum during a ticketed luncheon and by the S.C. Arts Foundation during the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more information about the luncheon, contact Ja-Nae Epps, jmepps0@mailbox.sc.edu, (803) 777-2876. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St.; tickets are $75 per person. For more information about the gala, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.


The Folk Heritage Award is named for the late Jean Laney Harris, an ardent supporter of the state's cultural heritage. The award was created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the folk arts. The artistic traditions represented by the award are significant because they have endured, often for hundreds of years.


For more information about the Folk Heritage Awards and the ceremony, contact Doug Peach, at (803) 734-8764. Also visit the McKissick website at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum, or the S.C. Arts Commission website at SouthCarolinaArts.com.


About the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program
The Folklife and Traditional Arts Program is designed to encourage, promote, conserve and honor the diverse community-based art forms that make South Carolina distinct. The major initiatives of the program serve both established and emerging cultural groups that call South Carolina home.


About the South Carolina Arts Commission:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.


About McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum fosters awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the American South's culture and geography, attending particularly to the importance of enduring folkways and traditions. It accomplishes these aims through original research about Southern life, material culture, natural science, and decorative and fine arts by holding exhibitions, issuing publications and by public programming. For more information, visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.