Tuesday, February 19, 2013 —
RALEIGH - Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state, now through April 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the award recognizes significant contributions of individuals in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service, and science.
Award nominations may be submitted by anyone and must include a completed nomination form and cover letter, as well as the nominee's biography or resume. Letters of support and examples of the nominee's work will also be accepted. All materials should be sent to the North Carolina Awards Committee, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 4601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4601.
The North Carolina Awards Committee will review the nominations and make its selections this summer. The recipients will be honored during ceremonies in Raleigh in the fall. Past award recipients have included some of the country's most distinguished artists, poets, writers, performers, journalists, scientists, and public servants.
Award recipients in 2012 were Dr. Jayant Baliga, of Raleigh, for Science; Gary Carden, of Sylva, for Literature; Lou Donaldson, of Bronx, N.Y. and Thomas Sayre, of Raleigh, both for Fine Arts; Janice Faulkner, of Greenville, and Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter of Greensboro, both for Public Service.
The nomination form and guidelines are online, or contact Jennifer Fontes at (919) 807-7256 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive forms by mail.