Tennessee Folklife Heritage Award

The Tennessee Folklife Heritage Award has been presented every other year since 2001 as part of the Governor’s Arts Awards, a program of the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award honors “long-term achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic culture of Tennessee.” Some of its recipient artists have also received the National Heritage Fellowship, and the Governor’s Awards also recognized a few folk artists prior to the creation of the Folklife Heritage category: