Carla Thomas Receives 2021 Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award

On the heels of Carla Thomas winning last month’s Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Inspiration Award, the iconic Stax artist has been named today as a recipient of the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award, Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts.

In a press release sent today by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria 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.”

Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director Anne B. Pope added, “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.”

Since 1971, the Governor’s Arts Awards have celebrated those who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s cultural life. Nominated by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Carla Thomas was named in the Distinguished Artist Award category.



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