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Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
Washington, DC —Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano...
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Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts announces $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. jurisdictions. This is the Art Endowment’s second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, and these awards...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American dancer and choreographer Norma Miller , recipient of a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Norma Miller was...
A woman stands smiling with a quilt hanging behind her.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American quilter Marion Coleman , from Castro Valley, California, recipient of a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts...
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Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts is releasing the third in a series of research reports describing the arts ecosystem in the United States. Available today, the Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) at the Arts Endowment presents Artists and Other Cultural...
A woman in traditional Japanese clothing sits next to tea ware.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Japanese chado tea ceremony master Sosei Shizuye Matsumoto from Los Angeles, California, recipient of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and...
A young girl participates in a glass blowing demonstration with an artist helping.
Washington, DC— With today’s announcement of more than $27 million in grants, the National Endowment for the Arts is continuing its efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. These fiscal year 2019 grants will reach all 50...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Hawaiian slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui , recipient of a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Pahinui is widely recognized...
A man plays the harmonica with his eyes closed.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American harmonica player Elder Roma Wilson , recipient of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Born December 22,...
A man sits on a stage behind three steel drums
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...

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