North Carolina Heritage Award

Six traditional artists from across the state received the North Carolina Heritage Award on May 23, 2018 for their contributions to our state’s cultural vitality. Explore these podcasts and videos produced by the North Carolina Arts Council as a tribute to these artists for their individual artistic accomplishments and for representing the cultural treasures found in our communities small and large, rural and urban.


Guidelines for Submitting a Nomination

2018 Heritage Award Honorees

Asha Bala
Performer and instructor of South Indian dance 
Listen to her story >>
Glenn and Lula Bolick
Potters, musicians, and storytellers 
Listen to their story >>
Arvil Freeman
Western North Carolina fiddler 
Robert "Dick" Knight
Soul, R&B, and jazz trumpet player 
Tony Williamson
Multi-genre mandolinist rooted in bluegrass
Listen to his story >>




Click here to watch Heritage Award Recipient videos from previous years