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It's only been two weeks since the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert (wait, what?) and we're already counting down the days to the 2019 celebration! In the meantime, we're going to tape this quote from 2018 concert emcee Martha Gonzalez to our inspo wall and keep this video on repeat (...
Manuel Cuevas —rodeo tailor and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow—learned to sew when he was just seven years old. After an early start designing prom dresses in his native Mexico, in the early 1950s Cuevas moved to Hollywood, where he worked with leading designers such as rodeo tailor Nathan Turk...
“I don’t know why I was drawn to the son huasteco ,” recalled 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas in an interview with Daniel Sheehy in 2005. [Editor's Note: Daniel Sheehy became an NEA National Heritage Fellow in 2015.] “I believe it was the falsetto that really got to me, along with...
A few years ago, when artist Maria Aldana was working with Baltimore residents to build a community altar for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a woman came in visibly excited to participate. “She said, ‘I used to make altars every year back home, but when I moved to the United States, I just...
"I think if we spent a little more time looking at what people hold so dear that they pass knowledge and art and practices on to their friends, their children, their communities, if we can appreciate that, we will be better people for it and the world would be a better place for it." -- 2010 NEA...
When Alan Blaugrund began collecting Native-American baskets, he would travel to auctions and trade shows in search of his next find. “I just started buying them, and tried to figure out why one looked different from the next,” said Blaugrund, an Albuquerque resident and a dermatologist by trade...
"If you are a dancer, dance the steps your grandparents danced. If you play an instrument or make music with your voice, sing and play the tunes your mother and father taught you. If you have a craft, sew, weave, or smith the patterns of countless generations that have gone on before." -- Anthony...
Beth King vividly remembers when her son’s fiddle broke during the Augusta Heritage Center’s annual summer workshop series. He was 11 or 12 years old, and had already taken a keen interest in learning the Appalachian fiddle traditions of West Virginia, where the center is housed on the campus of...
When most people think about public art, they think of a mural on a wall or a building, or perhaps a large sculpture in a park. While murals and sculptures are certainly public art, they are far from the only ways that public art can be expressed. Perhaps a better term for public art would be...
Men transfer a large cut log
In Hydaburg, located in southeast Alaska at the southernmost point of Prince of Wales Island, public art has long been an integral component of local culture and identity, particularly through...

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