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MSAC Announces 2019 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards Winners

The Maryland Traditions Folklife Program presents the annual Heritage Awards to outstanding stewards of Maryland’s living cultural traditions. This year’s winners are St. Mary’s County bluegrass musician and promoter Jay Armsworthy who was given the award in the Person or People category; the Arch Social Club of Baltimore City, a generational supporter of the African-American community and its culture in the Place category; and to Puerto Rican percussion and dance practices of bomba and plena as upheld by Cultura Plenera of Howard County in the Tradition category.

The awards will be presented on June 7 at UMBC’s Proscenium Theatre as the featured event of the annual Maryland Arts Summit. “It is always a distinct pleasure to support folklife through our Heritage Awards,” said Chad Buterbaugh, Maryland Traditions Director, MSAC. “I invite everyone to join us on June 7 to see why Jay Armsworthy, the Arch Social Club, and Cultura Plenera make Maryland such a special place to live.” For more information and to register to attend the summit, follow this link to the MSAC’s page.