Join Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, in honoring three outstanding stewards of our state’s living cultural traditions in a public ceremony and concert.
The ceremony will feature this year’s recipients: in the category of Person, documentary story quilter Joan M.E. Gaither of Anne Arundel County; in the category of Place, the Baltimore American Indian Center (pictured); and in the category of Tradition, the Deal Island Skipjack Races and Festival.
The evening will conclude with a country blues concert by the Phil Wiggins Blues House Party. Bandleader and harmonica player Wiggins, of Takoma Park, was honored earlier this year with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts — the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Free tickets are available here.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Proscenium Theatre is located on the first floor — please click here for additional information.
Image: Joan M.E. Gaither with her quilt that tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (1920–1951), the Turner Station woman whose cancer cells were obtained without her permission and are still used for medical research today. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
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