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NEA National Heritage Fellows

Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front...
by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now...
Washington, DC Nick Spitzer interviews Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman at the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellows concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart In 2005, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work and mastery as a Yiddish singer, poet, and songwriter. In...
Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
Washington, DC August 3, 2010 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Chuck Brown. Photo by Tom Pich You might think that---unlike Chicago or Nashville or New Orleans---the only "music" to be heard in DC is the sound of official motorcades or pontificating politicians. But, in fact, thanks to...
Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
The Birmingham Sunlights--2009 NEA National Heritage Fellows---draw on the rich heritage of quartet-style singing of Alabama's Jefferson County region, which folklorist Hank Willett calls one of the "most remarkable of Alabama's cultural jewels." The five-man, four-part harmony a cappella gospel...
Washington, DC Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi...
Washington, DC NEA National Heritage Fellow Chitresh Das performed with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith at the 2009 celebration concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Through the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the NEA has celebrated the artistic achievements and contributions of the nation's...

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