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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion receives 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award from VCA

November 01, 2017

From a pool of over 350 nominees, the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), the state arts agency, has selected the Birthplace of Country Music's (BCM) Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival to receive one of its prestigious “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” in the category of Exemplary Programs & Pinnacle Events!

The “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” were conceived and designed by the Commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. The designated “Arts Inspirations” may have played a critical role in the last 50 years, or they may serve as today’s leaders and exemplars or be tomorrow’s visionaries, leading the way to a culturally vibrant future. The Commission was established by law in 1968 to promote awareness of and access to the arts across the state and to support a broad range of artists, arts organizations, and arts educators.

"The Birthplace of Country Music is honored to have achieved this recognition for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from the Virginia Commission for the Arts," said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. "Art and culture is essential to achieving a vibrant community. Business owners want to locate in communities that not only offer good education, infrastructure, and a strong and diverse work-force, they also want a good quality of life for their employees. Communities that offer a wide range of arts and culture cultivate a good quality of life for their residents. The arts help provide an identity that is very specific to a region. This is essential for tourism. The state of Virginia and the Virginia Commission for the Arts recognize this and offer valuable support to communities. There has never been a more important time to support the arts than right now. We are so grateful to VCA for their amazing work and for everything they continue to do for Bristol."