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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...
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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...
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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...
A man wearing a baseball hat holds a basket and stands in front of a lake, with several other baskets and children playing in the background.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of 2014 National Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette, a Mohawk basketmaker from Hogansburg, New York. Arquette specialized in the utility baskets traditionally made by the Haudenosaunee Mohawks—...
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Washington, DC —In honor of the 50 th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, President and Mrs. Obama will host a PBS music special, “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House.” Featuring...
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Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating its 50 th anniversary. It was on September 29, 1965, one month after signing the Voting Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act which gave...
Headshots of the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC —With art forms ranging from blues music to Japanese classical dancing to Cambodian ceramics, the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows are recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts and represent the diversity and richness of our...
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Washington, D.C. –The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Clifford Murphy as its new director of folk and traditional arts, effective August 24, 2015. Murphy will manage NEA grantmaking in folk and traditional arts, oversee the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program,...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Wendell Holmes, one third of the blues, gospel, and R&B band the Holmes Brothers, recipient of a 2014 National Heritage Fellowship, the...
Headshots of the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC—One of the strengths of our nation is our constantly evolving artistic landscape. Each year the National Endowment for the Arts celebrates master folk and traditional artists that embody this strength and diversity of culture. The recipients of this year’s NEA...

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