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Puerto Rican percussion and dance group Los Hijo ‘E Plena perform in support of 2019 Heritage Award winner bomba and plena (Tradition) at the ceremony. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review nominations for the 2020 Heritage Awards. Interested panelists should be available to review nominations online and meet this winter to select winners. Ideal panelists for the Heritage Awards program have expertise in folklife or living cultural traditions. Folklorists, folklife artists, and arts administrators with experience in folklife are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should apply at this link

by 5 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2020.

Selected panelists will receive an honorarium and travel reimbursements for their work. MSAC uses Google products for all panel reviews. A Gmail account is required to apply and can be created here.

Heritage Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular form of folklife, its current importance to communities, and their past contributions. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition.

Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program housed at MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. Read the award guidelines and see a list of past winners at

The Maryland State Arts Council has committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in grantmaking, and therefore our funding mechanisms continue to be examined and updated. We are aided by the work of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Americans for the Arts, as they have clarified and shared approaches to uncover cultural bias in the procedures and policies of state arts organizations. MSAC’s intention is to assemble diverse groups of editors with experience in each area whether or not they have history with MSAC’s programs.


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