Three WNC artists receive NC Heritage Awards on May 23

Press release from Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

Since 1989, the North Carolina Arts Council has honored folk artists of the state with the Heritage Awards, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that encompass the rich and diverse cultural traditions in communities across the state. The evening is also the culmination of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the N.C. Arts Council. This is a unique event as it is the only time you’ll see these artists together on the same stage!

The award ceremony and performances are set for Wed., May 23 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m.

Glenn and Lula Bolick (Caldwell County) — Potters, musicians, and storytellers

Arvil Freeman (Buncombe County) — Western North Carolina fiddler

Other 2018 recipients include:

Asha Bala (Cumberland County) — Performer and instructor of South Indian dance

Robert “Dick” Knight (Lenoir County) — Soul, R&B, and jazz trumpet player

Tony Williamson (Chatham County) — Multi-genre mandolinist rooted in bluegrass

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