NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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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...
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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.
Tonight we celebrate the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows with a celebration concert! Join us in person at Lisner Auditorium (info about free tickets here ) or tune in to arts.gov at 8:00 pm ET for the live webcast. As a preview, here are some performances by five of the master artists we're...
Today at 5:30 pm we honor the 2016 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows with a public awards ceremony at the Library of Congress. On Friday at 8:00pm ET we will continue the celebration with a free concert at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, which will also be webcast live on...
As we approached the 34th anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships , our staff began to review and ponder the ways that we could deepen our recognition of these extraordinary artists. A question that kept coming up was—what kind of physical award might we produce that would truly...
NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Cliff Murphy shares his thoughts on the folk arts field.

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