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Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Nominations Now Being Accepted


Sept. 28, 2012

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Celebrating 25 years of honoring individuals who have worked a lifetime to preserve the state’s diverse cultural heritage, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum invite nominations for the 2013 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online. Nominations are due by Dec. 17.


Created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is presented annually 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. Nominations are accepted in two categories:


  • Artists: South Carolina artists who have dedicated their lives to the practice of art forms that have been passed down through their families and communities and who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping their tradition alive. Past awards have recognized art forms such as basket making, gospel singing, fiddling, hammock making and boat building.
  • Advocates: South Carolina 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.


Ninety-nine South Carolinians have been honored with the award, which was renamed in 1997 in memory of the late Jean Laney Harris, an ardent supporter of the state’s cultural heritage.


For more information about the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, or to submit a nomination, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/folkheritage or contact Julianne Carroll, (803) 734-8764, or Saddler Taylor, (803)777-3714.



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.