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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...
Man and woman examine a dulcimer
Located in the state’s eastern Appalachian region, Hindman, Kentucky, has seen its share of hardship in recent decades. The collapse of the coal industry left behind rampant unemployment, and the...
From the Art Works archives, read our interview with Shan Goshorn here .

1995 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson, noted luthier and musician, is rooted in the mountains of southwestern Virginia—as is the traditional and bluegrass music he holds so dear to his heart. Wayne learned both guitar-making and playing from the people in and around his community....

Elderly woman holding a certificate.
In my poems, Em Bun weaves night and day, mourning the disappearance of her firstborn son. She weaves using her own hair—long, silver strands that grow out of grief. Seeking...
Woman in suit holding a fiddle.
Although more than ten percent of the total population of the United States claim Irish ancestry, for centuries this heritage was seen as a source of embarrassment and shame. But...
Musician with white beard in white suit and hat holding small guitar.
“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. “I believe...

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