Images: Ohio Heritage Fellowship recipients - Anupama Mirle; Weichih Rosa Lee with her apprentice Anna Luu; and Philip Paul.
The Ohio Heritage Fellowship program recognizes Ohio folk and traditional artists who are influential masters of their particular art forms and traditions, and whose work has had a significant impact on their communities.
Awards are $5,000 and 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; maintain the aesthetics and preservation of their art form; contribute to the public visibility of the folk and traditional arts; actively participate in their art form as a practitioner, a mentor, or community leader; and create work that deepens awareness of the diverse cultural and artistic traditions of Ohioans.
* 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.
Download the complete Program Overview and Application Guidelines.
For more information on the fellowships and past recipients, visit the Ohio Traditions website.