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. Nominations for the award come from the public, so be sure to nominate a master folk and traditional artist who has made significant contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

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The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows aired Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 8:00 pm ET. The archive is now available below.

Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits takes viewers on a virtual trip across the country to where the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows live and work.

All Heritage Fellows

 

2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows

2021

Cedric Burnside

Hill Country Blues Musician and Songwriter
2021

Tom Davenport

Filmmaker, Documentarian, and Media Curator
2021

Tagumpay Mendoza De Leon

Rondalla Musician
2021

Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee)

Osage Ribbon Worker
2021

Los Lobos

Mexican American Band
2021

Joanie Madden

Irish Flute Player
2021

Nellie Vera

Mundillo Master Weaver
2021

Winnsboro Easter Rock Ensemble

Easter Rock Spiritual Ensemble

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

Celebrate the 2020 National Heritage Fellows in 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.

2019 Concert  | Photo Gallery

National Heritage Fellows Podcasts

Cedric Burnside

Hill Country Blues Musician, Songwriter, and 2021 National Heritage Fellow

Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin

Tap Dancer and 2021 National Heritage Fellow