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Read our interview with 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Veronica Castillo here . Join us to celebrate the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows at the celebration concert this Friday, September 15! Watch live on arts.gov starting at 8pm ET. Hosted by Martha Gonzalez, the concert will feature many of...
Growing up in West Virginia, I attended countless county fairs, folk festivals, and square dances where a variety of dance traditions could be seen. I watched solo dancers off to the side of music jams shuffling their feet on resonant wooden dance boards. I also saw teams of dancers in flashy...
On September 15, we're celebrating the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert . Even more exciting? Tickets are now available! (Concert and ticket info here .) If you've never been to this free event, you can expect to see a dazzling array of American art forms, many of which are rooted in...
Elderly woman holding a certificate.
In my poems, Em Bun weaves night and day, mourning the disappearance of her firstborn son. She weaves using her own hair—long, silver strands that grow out of grief. Seeking...
Woman in suit holding a fiddle.
Although more than ten percent of the total population of the United States claim Irish ancestry, for centuries this heritage was seen as a source of embarrassment and shame. But...
Musician with white beard in white suit and hat holding small guitar.
“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. “I believe...
Native-American woman wearing pink sweater.
When 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Esther Martinez attended school in the 1920s, she was punished for speaking her native Tewa language. This was typical for Native-American children who were...
An ironwork gate.
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...
Video of Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace Today marks what would have been Mahalia Jackson’s 105th birthday, so we thought we’d celebrate the Queen of Gospel’s remarkable life with a short tribute. Born in New Orleans, the third of six children, she attended church regularly with her aunt, where she...
Enjoy browsing through photos from the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert.

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