NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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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.
Celebrate Fourth of July with klezmer music, Irish fiddling, and go-go tunes at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival!
Listen up as 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussain talks about his life as a tabla musician.
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The NEA National Heritage Fellowships are the highest honor the U.S. government awards in the folk and traditional arts. They are awarded to those artists who work to preserve their...
A round-up of NEA YouTube playlists to round out your holiday soundtrack.
When enslaved women from the rural, isolated community of Boykin, Alabama—better known as Gee’s Bend—began quilting in the 19th century, it arose from a physical need for warmth rather than a quest to reinvent an art form. Yet by piecing together scraps of fabric and clothing, they were creating...
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Director Sabrina Lynn Motley gives us a beginner's guide to the circus arts.

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