Several medals laid out on a table.

National Heritage Fellowships

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

Profile materials for 1982-2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow biographies courtesy of Documentary Arts. Use of some photographs courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives & Collections.

Save the Date! Celebrate the 2020 National Heritage Fellows in an online broadcast on March 4, 2021 at 8pm ET at Take a virtual trip across the country to visit the Heritage Fellows in their homes and communities. This free event will feature performances and demonstrations by the 2020 honorees, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Additional details will be available in early 2021.

2019 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert

All Heritage Fellows

Photo Gallery

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellowships


William Bell

Soul Singer and Songwriter

Onnik Dinkjian

Armenian folk and liturgical singer

Zakarya and Naomi Diouf

West African Diasporic Dancers

Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Iroquois Raised Beadworker

Los Matachines de la Santa Cruz de la Ladrillera

Traditional Religious Dancers

Hugo N. Morales

Radio Producer & Radio Network Builder

John Morris

Old-time Fiddler and Banjo Player

Suni Paz

Nueva Canción Singer and Songwriter

Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe)

Birchbark Canoe Builder

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.
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Recent National Heritage Fellows Podcasts

Hugo Morales

National Heritage Fellow and founder and executive director of Radio Bilingüe

William Bell

2020 National Heritage Fellow, Singer, Songwriter