Monday September 14, 2015
From the office of Governor Pat McCrory
Governor McCrory Announces Eight North Carolinians to Receive Prestigious Heritage Award
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that eight North Carolina artists will receive the North Carolina Heritage Award for their outstanding contributions to our state’s cultural heritage.
The 2016 North Carolina Heritage Award recipients are Maceo Parker, internationally-recognized funk, jazz and rhythm and blues musician (Kinston, Lenoir County); Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician (Sodom Laurel, Madison County); Montagnard Dega weavers H Jue Nie and H Ngach Rahlan, who brought their mastery of spinning, dying and weaving from the highlands of Vietnam (Greensboro, Guilford County); Houston, James and Jamie Lewis, fourth generation boat builders from the Harkers Island tradition (Harkers Island, Carteret County); and Marc Pruett, renowned banjo player, songwriter and part of the renowned bluegrass band, Balsam Range (Canton, Haywood County).
“The 2016 honorees are shining examples of why nothing compares to North Carolina when it comes to being a great place to live and work,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “In addition to being excellent artists whose work has cultural significance to the state, the honorees demonstrate how the arts create a sense of place and preserve North Carolina’s unique cultural assets.”
Representing a variety of musical, craft and narrative traditions practiced from the coast to the mountains, the recipients will be honored in an awards ceremony and concert scheduled May 25, 2016 in Raleigh.
“As North Carolinians, we are fortunate that such a diverse and stellar group of artists are working to keep our cultural traditions thriving,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “We are so proud of them not only for the national attention that they have brought to our state but also for their passion to share their artistry within their home communities and beyond.”
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