NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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For nearly 20 years, Tom Pich has crisscrossed the U.S. photographing NEA National Heritage Fellows in their homes, in their studios, in sites sacred to their communities and to their...
Jason Samuels Smith on stage trying out a step while Pandit Chitresh Das look on approvingly
As choreographers/dancers in the traditional arts, Pandit Chitresh Das and Sophiline Cheam Shapiro have feet in the past as well as the future. Both lead dance companies in their respective...
Country western band performing
Photos by Jessica Brandi Lifland The myth and legend of the cowboy is ingrained in American thought, from the Argentinean gauchos and Mexican vaqueros to the hands that handled cattle...
teacher in the classroom in a moving with three students behind
Just outside the lunch room of a Philadelphia public school you might find former Tibetan Buddhist monk Losang Samten -- a 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow -- practicing the ancient...
Three male and one felamle dancers high-stepping left to right
It's no surprise to see renowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet on the roster of those that have received support for dance projects from the...
Nancy Sweezy
The long list of seminal events in Nancy Sweezys extensive career includes the founding of the crafts organization Country Roads, the revival of North Carolinas historic Jugtown Pottery, and the...
The Treme Brass Band
For more than 15 years, the internationally known Treme Brass Band has been part of New Orleans's sound, whether playing jazz funerals down the city's streets or performing for packed...
Mavis Staples shows her singing prowess
When Mavis Staples heard that she'd received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, her first thought was, "Well, Pops, you know, you're the cause of all of this." She was referring...
Wilho Saari performs on the kantele
Washington native Wilho Saari's great-great-grandmother, Kreeta Hapasalo, popularized the kantele in her native Finland in the 19th century, supporting her 11 children with public performances throughout Finland and appearances at...
George Naope watches one of his students perform a traditional Hawaiian dance
George Na'ope's full name is George Lanakilakekiahiali'i Na'ope, which means "the protector of things of Hawai'i." As a kumu hula, Na'ope has taken this charge quite seriously for nearly six...

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