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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of steel pan builder, tuner, and player Elliott “Ellie” Mannette , recipient of a 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Mannette...
Headshots of nine individuals with next saying 2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships
Washington, DC —This September, the National Endowment for the Arts will host two free events to celebrate the recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, the NEA National Heritage Fellows. The awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 is an...
Headshots of nine individuals with next saying 2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships
Washington, DC — Today the National Endowment for the Arts is announcing the newest recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, who range from an old-time fiddler to a Day of the Dead altar maker to an R&B musician. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships, awarded...
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Washington, DC —Each year, more than 4,500 communities large and small throughout the United States benefit from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to nonprofits. For the NEA’s first of two major grant announcements of fiscal year 2018, more than $25 million in grants...
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The National Endowment for the Arts announces more details on emergency funding for the arts communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by recent hurricanes. The state arts agencies in those states requested emergency funding from the NEA...
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Washington, DC—This September, the National Endowment for the Arts will continue its 35-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s master folk and traditional artists, in what has become an annual anticipated event and an opportunity to learn more about our country’s many...
Man holding carved decoy of a duck.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of master decoy carver Harry V. Shourds , recipient of a 1989 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He was the first New Jersey...
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Washington, DC —“Everyone is a stakeholder,” according to a new report about documentary film, State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit . While more documentaries are created and viewed than ever before, the field is being buffeted by ever-shifting...
Country singer with guitar sitting
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Cajun musician/songwriter Doris Leon "D.L." Menard . Menard was the recipient of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship – the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. D...
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Washington, DC — Across the United States there are traditional art forms that shape our culture and make our communities distinct, whether it’s conjunto music in Texas, old-time buckdancing in Tennessee, or Chilkat weaving in Alaska. For the past 35 years, the National...

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