Loletta Wynder attended the awards program representing the Northwestern State University’s Creole Heritage Center, which nominated Thibodeaux for the award.
The announcement was made during the annual Louisiana Culture Awards, sponsored by the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Office of Cultural Development, in partnership with the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, the Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, the Louisiana Folklife Commission and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.
The awards program recognizes individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s culture.
“Mr. Thibodeaux was nominated for the Folklife Heritage Award for his untiring dedication to maintaining and promoting traditional Creole music, often referred to as ‘LaLa music,’” Wynder said. “He has played regularly for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, and for the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.”