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.

On March 4, 2021, we honored the 2020 National Heritage Fellows with our pre-recorded “The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.” Storyteller Queen Nur hosted a virtual trip across the country, taking viewers into the homes and communities where the Fellows live and create. See the archive below.

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All Heritage Fellows

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)

Haudenosaunee 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

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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

Suni Paz

2020 National Heritage Fellow

Hugo Morales

National Heritage Fellow and founder and executive director of Radio Bilingüe