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NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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Joe Thompson with U.S. Representative David Price (North Carolina- 4th District) and Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina)

2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson, a string band musician from Mebane, North Carolina, at the Capitol Hill awards ceremony with (left) U.S. Representative David Price (North Carolina- 4th District) and (right) Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina). Photo by Tom Pich.

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are not the Arts Endowment's only lifetime honor -- every year, 10 to 12 folk and traditional artists are chosen as NEA National Heritage Fellows, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Below are a few moments from the program's 25th-anniversary events, supported by the Darden Restaurants Foundation.

Peter Kyvelos with Senator Edward Kennedy (Massachusetts)  

2001 NEA National Heritage Fellow Peter Kyvelos (left), an oud maker from Bedford, Massachusetts, with Senator Edward Kennedy (Massachusetts) at the 25th-anniversary celebration on Capitol Hill in June 2007. Photo by Tom Pich.

     
Violet de Cristoforo with U.S. Representative Sam Farr (California- 17th District)  

2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow Violet de Cristoforo (left), a haiku poet from Salinas, California, at the Capitol Hill awards ceremony with U.S. Representative Sam Farr (California- 17th District). Photo by Tom Pich.