Doors at 7pm
Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to host 2017 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards, an honor given each year to three of Maryland’s outstanding stewards of folklife, or living cultural traditions.
The recipients are: in the category of person, Joan M. E. Gaither, Documentary Story Quilter of Anne Arundel County; in the category of place, the Baltimore American Indian Center; and in the category of tradition, the Deal Island Skipjack Races (pictured above; photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs. Each recipient will be recognized in a ceremony at the Proscenium Theatre on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 2.
The ceremony will feature a closing country blues concert by the Phil Wiggins Blues House Party. Bandleader and harmonica player Wiggins, of Takoma Park, is the recipient of a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.