NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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1995 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson, noted luthier and musician, is rooted in the mountains of southwestern Virginia—as is the traditional and bluegrass music he holds so dear to his heart. Wayne learned both guitar-making and playing from the people in and around his community...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we look forward to June, when we can share our appreciation of African-American music with the rest of the world during African-American Music Appreciation Month. While the agency has championed jazz for decades, especially with its NEA Jazz Masters program,...
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape. Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.” — Mary...
We couldn't quite figure out how to bring all of you to Mardi Gras, so how about we bring a little bit of Mardi Gras to you! Here's 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux--a master Mardi Gras Indian Craftsman and Musician--at the 2016...
Here is 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord on the importance of the folk and traditional arts. Stay tuned for more from the October 2018 NEA and NASAA convening, Close Listening: A National Case for the Value and Impact of Folk and Traditional Arts as well...
Can one man be responsible for a city’s character? If you’re 1982 NEA National Heritage Fellow Philip Simmons , that answer is yes. If you’ve been to Charleston, or even just seen pictures of the South Carolina city, chances are you’ve seen Simmons’ work. Thanks to “the poet of ironwork,” as he’s...
It's only been two weeks since the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert (wait, what?) and we're already counting down the days to the 2019 celebration! In the meantime, we're going to tape this quote from 2018 concert emcee Martha Gonzalez to our inspo wall and keep this video on repeat (...
Manuel Cuevas —rodeo tailor and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow—learned to sew when he was just seven years old. After an early start designing prom dresses in his native Mexico, in the early 1950s Cuevas moved to Hollywood, where he worked with leading designers such as rodeo tailor Nathan Turk...
“I don’t know why I was drawn to the son huasteco ,” recalled 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas in an interview with Daniel Sheehy in 2005. [Editor's Note: Daniel Sheehy became an NEA National Heritage Fellow in 2015.] “I believe it was the falsetto that really got to me, along with...
"I think if we spent a little more time looking at what people hold so dear that they pass knowledge and art and practices on to their friends, their children, their communities, if we can appreciate that, we will be better people for it and the world would be a better place for it." -- 2010 NEA...

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