Marbles Festival receives Governor’s Arts Award

Governor and First Lady Lee have announced the recipients of the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award, Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts.

Since 1971, the Governor’s Arts Awards have celebrated those who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s cultural life.

Gov. Bill Lee said, “Tennessee has a rich artistic heritage, and we are proud of these outstanding recipients who are leaders in the arts across our state. Maria and I congratulate each of them, and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

The recipients come from all walks of life and symbolize the tremendous variety of the arts and culture of Tennessee. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented in three different categories – Distinguished Artist, Arts Leadership, and Folklife Heritage.

Jan McNally, chair of Tennessee Arts Commission, said, “The awards are a testimony to the value that the arts bring to our communities, our schools, and our lives.”

The 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients are as follows:

Folklife Heritage Award

•National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival, Hilham;

•Ludie Amos, Clarksville;

•Dr. Robert (Roby) Cogswell, Nashville;

•Richard Turner, Stanton.

Arts Leadership Award

•Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol;

•Frank Bluestein, Germantown;

•Borderless Arts, Gallatin;

•HoLa Hora Latina, Knoxville;

•Debbie Litch, Memphis.

Distinguished Artist Award

•Doyle Lawson, Kingsport;

•Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Nashville;

•Carla Thomas, Memphis.

Anne B. Pope, executive director of Tennessee Arts Commission, said, “The arts help build stronger communities by enhancing the quality of life and the distinctive character of Tennessee places. The 2021 recipients of the Governor’s Arts Award have each contributed significantly in defining who we are as a state.”