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drummer and vocalist Willy Popsy Dixon playing on stage
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Willy "Popsy" Dixon, drummer and vocalist with the Holmes Brothers, recipients of a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. In the early 1970s, Wendell Holmes met and performed with...
A man dressed in white balances on one leg in a garden.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2009 National Heritage Fellow Pandit Chitresh Das, Kathak dancer, choreographer, and educator from San Francisco, California. Pandit (a term used to denote a master) Chitresh Das was...
Smith Corona with manuscript
Washington, DC —Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA's website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any nonprofit...
A man in a suit and a man in a red plaid shirt and black vest look at two baskets.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2009 National Heritage Fellow LeRoy Graber, a willow basketmaker from Freeman, South Dakota. Graber learned to weave willow baskets from his grandfather, Jacob Graber, who came to the...
Children in school showing art work
Washington, DC — From partnerships to develop a districtwide arts education plan in North Carolina to poetry from a combat engineer to a folk arts festival in rural Wyoming, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) continues to support the arts and creativity to improve lives...
a woman in a brown shirt and a blue scarf stands on a stage with a man with a beard wearing a brown suit.
Washington, DC —After 29 years at the National Endowment for the Arts serving the folk and traditional arts field, Barry Bergey is retiring from the NEA on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Bergey has been Director of the Folk and Traditional Arts program since 2000 following 15...
dancers perform at outdoor creative placemaking event
Washington, DC — The multiplatform convening, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and T ransforming Place , will be live webcast on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from ArtPlace America , is hosting this...
Man playing the guitar with a band behind him
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Mexican Mariachi musician and educator Natividad Cano, recipient of a 1990 National Heritage Fellowship. We celebrate Nati Cano's lifelong dedication to sharing mariachi music with new...
WAlter Murray Chiesa in a workshop.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Walter Murray Chiesa, recipient of the 2008 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship for his lifetime of work documenting and championing the traditional crafts of Puerto Rico. In...
2014 National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC — A free concert will highlight the diversity of art found throughout the United States with blues, tejano , and African-American religious singing; Irish dancing; and Native-American, African-American, and Ukrainian crafts. All of the artists featured are...

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