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Photo collage of the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC —One of our country’s greatest qualities is the diversity and richness of our cultural heritage, ranging from artistic traditions that have been practiced here for hundreds of years to those newly introduced by recent immigrants. Nine of these unique traditions...
Woman in traditional dress holding a woven basket and standing in a large field.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Passamaquoddy basketweaver Clara Neptune Keezer . In addition to teaching dozens of young people her skills, Keezer made significant innovations to...
Joe Derrane at home with his accordion
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Irish-American button accordionist and 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Derrane . While a senior at Roxbury Mission High School in Massachusetts, Derrane recorded the first of what...
headshots of nine artists
Washington, DC —Masters of art forms ranging from Native-American basketmaking, to Laotian khaen playing, to Mardi Gras Indian traditions will receive the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. These nine individuals...
Ralph Stanley, bluegrass musician standing in front of his band's tour bus
Washington, DC— It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing on Thursday of legendary bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley, recipient of a 1984 NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a 2004 National Medal of Arts. Stanley was born...
Infographic showing distribution of NEA grants
Washington, DC —As the only funder in the country that supports the arts in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award $82,357,050 in grants to fund 1,148 projects in the second major grant announcement of its 50 th...
man kneeling outside with face jug
Washington, DC —It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of 1992 National Heritage Fellow Jerry Brown, a potter from Hamilton, Alabama. Brown was a ninth generation potter whose craft honored both traditional forms such as churns,...
Standing in front of some of the tools of his craft, Gerald Hawpetoss smiles and holds a pair of small moccassins and an example of his beadwork.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of 1992 National Heritage Fellow Gerald Hawpetoss, a Menominee/Potowatomi Regalia Maker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hawpetoss’s great-grandmother was an important Menominee moccasin maker and...
panel of colored buttons with a hand extended to push one of them
Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the nation’s only arts funder to award grants in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. As the first step in its funding process, the NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America...
dancer leaping in the air in the desert
Washington, DC — In its first 50 years , the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. To inaugurate the next 50 years of funding, the NEA will...

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