NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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“Each year the Heritage Fellowships highlight the distinct living traditions of communities around our nation, as well as how our fellows instill a sense of pride, beauty, and cultural continuity through their art. The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to recognize these outstanding...
"I really feel that the creation of artwork is spirit-guided. We as artists are endowed with something from God that propels you to create the work that you do. It’s like a little miracle." — NEA National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi Quilter and quilting community advocate Carolyn Mazloomi...
Like many of you, we're also adjusting to the new normal of sheltering in place, homeschooling kids, and generally figuring out how to cope with a life that's suddenly not very normal at all. The four of us in Folk and Traditional Arts (Bill, Cheryl, Cliff, and Rachel) have looked to folk and...
At a time when social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are the guidewords for our daily lives, it feels even more important to focus on the ways in which we can connect. In that spirit—and in the spirit of Women's History Month—we'd like to celebrate five extraordinary women who have been...
One of the things that tends to separate [traditional arts] from fine arts is that they’re usually learned through observat ion and imitation and close one-on-one work with a master artist,” said Josh Chrysler, a folklorist with the Wyoming Arts Council , discussing the state’s apprenticeship...
On Friday, September 20, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows at a free concert, featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the honorees and other special guests. For #FlashbackFriday, here's a look back at the concert. Video of 2019...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 class of National Heritage Fellows with a free concert that included lively exhibits and conversations about folk and traditional arts in the United States. The National Heritage Fellowship is this country’s highest tribute to the...
A woman in classical Indian dress seated amongst colorful pillows strikes the pose of the goddess Devi
One of the things that tends to separate [traditional arts] from fine arts is that they’re usually learned through observat ion and imitation and close one-on-one work with a master...
"To witness the diversity of our nation brought to life through the arts is nothing short of magical. It serves as a reminder of the power the arts have, to bridge our differences + to connect us as neighbors, as humans + as Americans." — Tony Chauveaux, National Endowment for the Arts Deputy...
We're excited to celebrate the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows tonight with a concert event featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the National Heritage Fellows and other special guests. The evening will be hosted by Queen Nur, storyteller, teaching artist, and director of the...

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