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Interim Secretary of State Requests Nominations for Florida Folk Heritage Awards

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Florida Department of State
Dawn K. Roberts
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
June 01, 2010

Susanne Hunt

Interim Secretary of State Requests Nominations for Florida Folk Heritage Awards

Interim Secretary of State Dawn K. Roberts announced that the Florida Department of State is seeking nominations for the 2011 Florida Folk Heritage Awards. The annual awards recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to Florida’s traditional culture.

“The Florida Folk Heritage Awards recognize authenticity, excellence and talent within the traditional arts, and honor our most significant and influential traditional artists,” Interim Secretary Roberts said. “We are pleased to honor Floridians whose skills and accomplishments in the folk arts and crafts are distinguished affirmations of the rich cultural legacy of our state.”

Folklife includes a wide range of creative forms in art, crafts, dance, language, music and ritual. These cultural traditions are transmitted by word of mouth and demonstration. They are shared within community, ethnic, occupational, religious and regional groups. Nominees should be individuals whose art or advocacy has embodied the best of traditional culture in their communities.

Nominations for the award should describe the accomplishments and background of the nominee and explain why he or she deserves statewide recognition for preserving a significant facet of the state’s cultural heritage. Support materials such as photographs, slides, audio and videotapes and letters will assist the state’s Florida Folklife Council in evaluating each nominee. Each nomination letter should include at least two references.

The 2010 Florida Folk Heritage Awards honored three outstanding folk artists: ikebana artist, Mieko Kubota of Miami; sponge diver, Anastasios “Taso” Karistinos of Tarpon Springs; and worm grunters, Gary and Audrey Revell, of Sopchoppy.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2010, and mailed to: Florida Folklife Program, Bureau of Historic Preservation, R.A. Gray Building - 4th Floor, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250. Contact Susanne Hunt at 850.245.6373 or 1-800-847-PAST. For more information about the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, go online to www.flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/policies.cfm.

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