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ALTA Awards Features Legendary R&B Musician Winfield Parker

ALTA Awards Features Legendary R&B Musician Winfield Parker

The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Traditions Presents the Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards on December 5, in Montgomery County

November 19, 2015Press Release

BALTIMORE (November 19, 2015) - A concert by Winfield Parker, legendary R&B, soul and gospel singer and musician, will highlight the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Traditions annual Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards ceremony and concert on Saturday, December 5th at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring.

The ALTA Awards is the state's highest recognition for the traditions, people, and places that are emblematic of Maryland's rich cultural heritage. 

This year's honorees are:

Person: Captain Kermit "Robert Lee" Travers (Dorchester County) is the only surviving African-American skipjack captain active within the Chesapeake Bay Region.

Place: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (Baltimore City) is an important anchor for the Greek community of the Baltimore region through its traditional religious services, the Greek Independence Day Parade, and its Greek Folk Festival, the largest in Maryland.

Tradition: The Marbles Game of the Greater Cumberland Region (Allegany County) boasts a city tournament dating back nearly a century, public marble rings, and is a tradition that is still taught in regional schools, producing numerous national champions for decades.

Winfield Parker, who has enjoyed a long and storied career as a rhythm and blues, soul and gospel singer and musician, has performed with Little Richard, appeared as a featured artist with The Temptations, James Brown, Etta James, and Carla Thomas. As a gospel singer, Parker has participated in productions with The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vicki Winans, and the Jackson Southernaires. He is a role model and mentor to generations of R&B, soul and gospel singers and musicians in Maryland and beyond.

To reserve free tickets to the ALTA Awards Ceremony at Cultural Arts Center, click here  or call the box office at 240-567-5793 or 240-567- 5794.

About Maryland State Arts Council

An agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Maryland State Arts Council grantees generate $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,155  jobs and $49 million in state and local tax revenue. Source: Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2014. For information, call (410) 767-6555 or TTY (410) 333-4519.

About the ALTA Award

The ALTA Award, created in 2007, honors the work of Dr. Alta Schrock (1911-2001). Dr. Schrock, a native of Garrett County, taught biology at Frostburg State University. She was the force behind The Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Penn Alps, The Journal of the Alleghenies and the Springs Festival, to name a few of her achievements in cultural conservation. 


Media Contact: 

Jill L. Zarend-Kubatko
Communications Manager
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Department of Commerce
Michelle L. Stefano, PhD 
Co-Director Maryland Traditions
Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend St., Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230