The Ohio Heritage Fellowship program recognizes Ohio folk and traditional artists who are the finest and most influential masters of their particular art forms and traditions and whose work in the folk and traditional arts have had a significant impact on the people and communities of the state. Awards are given in three categories: Performing Arts, Material Culture (folk art, folk crafts, folk architecture) and Community Leadership. The OAC expects awardees to adhere to cultural artistic traditions and work in order to maintain the aesthetics and preservation of their art form, while contributing to the public visibility of the folk and traditional arts; be actively participating in their art form as a practitioner, a mentor, teacher or community leader; and be creating work that deepens our awareness of the rich and diverse cultural and artistic traditions of the people of Ohio.
A Community can be defined as a group of people who share common cultural elements, such as: ethnicity or tribal heritage, occupation, geographic area or traditional art form.
Nominated individuals or groups should have a history of continuing artistic accomplishments and be actively participating in their art form as performers, teachers or both. Criteria in this category include authenticity, artistic excellence, and significance within the tradition of the performing art form.
Nominated individuals or groups should have a history of continuing artistic accomplishments and be actively participating in their art form as artists, teachers or both. Criteria in this category include authenticity, artistic excellence and significance within the tradition of the material culture art form.
Nominated individuals or groups should have a history of achievements that have had a positive impact on fostering excellence, ensuring vitality, and promoting public appreciation of the folk and traditional arts in Ohio. Nominees must be actively engaged in preserving the folk and traditional arts.
All Nominees must be residents of Ohio and must be living at the time of their nomination. Self-nomination is not permitted.
Nominations remain active for three years and will be reviewed annually. Information may be added to a nomination during this three year period.
Nominations will be reviewed annually by the Ohio Folk Arts Committee, a panel of experts in the folk and traditional arts. The panel makes their recommendations to the Ohio Arts Council for final approval.
All nominations should include the following support materials which are uploaded with the online nomination:
Support materials such as brochures, newspaper and magazine articles, exhibition catalogues and programs may also be submitted as uploaded PDFs.
Nomination form and uploaded support material must be submitted by 5 p.m. on deadline day.
For more information on the fellowships and past recipients, visit the Ohio Traditions website.