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Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 class of National Heritage Fellows with a free concert that included lively exhibits and conversations about folk and traditional arts in the United States. The National Heritage Fellowship is this country’s highest tribute to the...
A woman in classical Indian dress seated amongst colorful pillows strikes the pose of the goddess Devi
One of the things that tends to separate [traditional arts] from fine arts is that they’re usually learned through observat ion and imitation and close one-on-one work with a master...
"To witness the diversity of our nation brought to life through the arts is nothing short of magical. It serves as a reminder of the power the arts have, to bridge our differences + to connect us as neighbors, as humans + as Americans." — Tony Chauveaux, National Endowment for the Arts Deputy...
We're excited to celebrate the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows tonight with a concert event featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the National Heritage Fellows and other special guests. The evening will be hosted by Queen Nur, storyteller, teaching artist, and director of the...
Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas and Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodríguez are the surviving members of Las Tesoros de San Antonio, a group of elder women performers who teamed up to preserve Mexican and bicultural musical expressions through their singing and storytelling. Along with Janet “Perla...
An exquisite tooler of leather, James F. Jackson carves in the distinctive Sheridan Style tradition of leatherwork. Fine tooling of delicate flowers and intricate swirls are essential ingredients of Sheridan Style, and Jackson is today one of the finest practitioners of such work. Jackson was born...
Decoy carver Rich Smoker spends as many as 12 hours a day creating wildfowl decoy carvings out of his home workshop on the banks of the Big Annemessex River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Living as he does on the edge of the Atlantic Flyway, Smoker only has to...
For more than 30 years, Spanish colcha embroiderer Josephine Lobato has created embroidered renditions of cultural memories, enactments, and folk histories. Her tenacity and passion have sustained her as the sole Colorado practitioner of Spanish colonial style needlework known as colcha embroidery...
Proceeding from his post in the Tennessee State Parks, folklorist Bob Fulcher has spent four decades engaged in relentless folklife fieldwork and programming, ardently supporting traditional artists and providing inspirational mentoring to young culture workers. Currently the park manager of the...
From listening to tales at the feet of her Grandaddy Murphy and on the knee of her Uncle Buster in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Alcoa, Tennessee, African-American storyteller Linda Goss has blazed a trail in the Black Storytelling Tradition. She is called “Mama Linda” in honor of...

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