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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
June 06, 2011

Contact:
Chris Cate
245.6522

Secretary Browning Seeks Nominations for Florida Folk Heritage Awards

Annual awards recognize exemplary contributions to Florida’s traditional culture

TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced that the Florida Department of State is seeking nominations for the 2012 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,” said Secretary Browning. “Every year, we are pleased to honor the distinguished Floridians whose skills and accomplishments in the folk arts and crafts affirm the rich cultural legacy of our state.”

Folklife includes a wide range of creative forms such as 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 nominees. Each nomination letter should include at least two references.

The 2011 Florida Folk Heritage Awards honored two individuals who made significant contributions to Florida’s folk cultural heritage: Greek bouzouki musician George Soffos of Tarpon Springs and folk advocate Robert Stone of Gainesville.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011, and mailed to: Florida Folklife Program, Division of Historical Resources, R.A. Gray Building - 4th Floor, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250. For more information about the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, or other Folklife Programs, contact State Folklorist Blaine Q. Waide at 850.245.6427 or 1-800-847-PAST. For additional information, go to http://www.flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/awards/index.cfm.

About the Florida Folklife Program

The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents Florida’s folklife, folklore and folk arts. The program coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about Florida’s traditional culture. Established in 1979 by the legislature to document and present Florida folklife, this program is one of the oldest state folk arts programs in the nation. For more information about Florida folklife, visit http://www.flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/.


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