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Need a little help getting in the St. Patrick's Day spirit? NEA National Heritage Fellows Séamus Connolly , Kevin Doyle , and Billy MComiskey can help with that! Click each name to learn more about each Heritage Fellow's art form, through interviews, audio clips, and more. Now on with the craic!
Click the link to take a look at the 2018 NEA Guide for details on the programs and activities of the NEA, as well as funding deadlines and information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships.
We're having a Hispanic Heritage Month-inspired #FlashbackFriday this week! Get to know NEA National Heritage Fellows Eva Ybarra (a master conjunto musician) and Modesto Cepeda (a master of bomba and plena music) in these clips from the 2017 NEA Heritage Fellowships Concert. Feel free to chairdance...
As we approached the 34th anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, our staff began to review and ponder the ways that we could deepen our recognition of these extraordinary artists. A question that kept coming up was—what kind of physical award might we produce that would truly...
A man in bandana does a watercolor painting in front of a colorful bus
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with...
IOHO what every hump day needs is a playlist. So here are a few tunes from the 2017 #NEAHeritage Fellows to get you through the day. Chair dancing and/or toe-dancing optional. (Aw, who are we kidding? Chair dance away friends, chair dance away!) Join us Friday, September 15 at 8pm ET on arts.gov to...
Read our interview with 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Veronica Castillo here . Join us to celebrate the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows at the celebration concert this Friday, September 15! Watch live on arts.gov starting at 8pm ET. Hosted by Martha Gonzalez, the concert will feature many of...
Growing up in West Virginia, I attended countless county fairs, folk festivals, and square dances where a variety of dance traditions could be seen. I watched solo dancers off to the side of music jams shuffling their feet on resonant wooden dance boards. I also saw teams of dancers in flashy...
On September 15, we're celebrating the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert . Even more exciting? Tickets are now available! (Concert and ticket info here .) If you've never been to this free event, you can expect to see a dazzling array of American art forms, many of which are rooted in...
Woman dressed as Alice in Wonderland standing on pedestal with acrobatic woman in blue lighting next to her.
Earlier this month, the 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall welcomed dozens of circus organizations and set the stage for an historic opportunity to bring together circus...

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