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National Heritage Fellowships

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients' artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. See below for information on how to submit a nomination.

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Roots of American Culture: A Cross-Country Visit with Living Treasures of the Folk and Traditional Arts celebrates the 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellowship honorees.

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Meet the 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellows.
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2022 NEA National Heritage Fellows

2022

Michael Cleveland

Bluegrass Fiddler
2022

Eva Enciñias

Flamenco Artist
2022

Excelsior Band

Brass Band Musicians
2022

Stanley Jacobs

Quelbe Flute Player and Bandleader
2022

The Legendary Ingramettes

Gospel Artists
2022

TahNibaa Naataanii

Navajo/Diné Textile Artist and Weaver
2022

Francis P. Sinenci

Master Hawaiian Hale Builder
2022

Tsering Wangmo Satho

Tibetan Opera Singer and Dancer
2022

C. Brian Williams

Step Artist and Producer
2022

Shaka Zulu

New Orleans Black Masking Craftsman, Stilt Dancer, & Musician

National Heritage Fellows Podcasts

Revisiting Theresa Secord

Penobscot Nation Ash/Sweetgrass Basketmaker and 2016 National Heritage Fellow

C. Brian Williams

Step Artist and Producer and 2022 National Heritage Fellow

Michael Cleveland

Bluegrass Fiddler and 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Nominate a National Heritage Fellow!

The National Endowment for the Arts encourages nominations of master folk and traditional artists to recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
Make a Nomination

The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits.

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