Center for Gulf Coast Folklife


We recognize Tarpon Springs’ traditional artists through nominations for the Florida Folklife Program’s awards and programs or the National Heritage Fellowship.  The Florida Folk Heritage Award recognizes lifelong contributions and excellence in traditional arts, while the Folklife Apprenticeship Program provides promising  students the opportunity to study with master traditional artists.  See for more information about these programs.

Florida Folk Heritage Award

Tarpon Springs recipients include William “Billy the Kid” Emerson, John Lulias, Anastasios Karistinos, George Soffos, George Saroukos, Nicholas Toth, George Katsaros, Nikitas Tsimouris, &John Gianaros.

Folklife Apprenticeship Program

Local recipients/master artists have included Leonidas Zafiris/bouzouki, George Soffos/bouzouki, Spiros Skordilis/bouzouki, & Antonios Leros/diving helmets.

National Heritage Fellowship

Local recipients of this award from the National Endowment for the Arts include Nicholas Toth & Nikitas Tsimouris.