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Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Heritage Award winner Bill Myers and his family at a reception before the awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion

Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Heritage Award winner Bill Myers and his family at a reception before the awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion

From music to pottery and weaving to Native American dance, North Carolina has a rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts. Late last month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined the N.C. Arts Council in recognizing five artists who have achieved excellence in heritage art forms.

This year’s five awardees were Madison County bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks; Wilson County jazz and R&B musician Bill Myers; Halifax County Haliwa-Saponi artist and musician Arnold Richardson; Jackson County weaver Susan Morgan Leveille; and Moore County potter Sid Luck. You can learn more about each recipient on the Arts Council’s website.

N.C. Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin narrates as Heritage Award winner and potter Sid Luck demonstrates his craft

N.C. Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin narrates as Heritage Award winner and potter Sid Luck demonstrates his craft

After seeing an inspiring video tribute to each winner and hearing an overview of his or her accomplishments from Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin, the audience got to see a sampling of the heritage art form that each awardee practices. That meant that the Secretary and the hundreds of others in attendance in the Fletcher Opera Theater saw three concerts, a traditional weaving demonstration and the throwing of pot all in just a few hours. It was truly amazing.

To celebrate the work of these accomplished artists, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now has been airing a segment on each of them. The pieces on Richardson, Hicks and Luck are available online, and the interviews with each of the other two will air later this month.

The N.C. Arts Council also offers a number of first-class resources to help you to experience North Carolina’s rich cultural scene. Be sure to check out its Arts Trails website and Summer Performing Arts guide to plan your adventure.

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