NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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"I think part of the inescapable appeal of folklore is its intimacy and its significance for the people who carry it on and shape it, reshape it in some way. It's such an essential part of people's lives whether they put a label to it or not and if in this complex and troubled world we...
NEA grantee American Routes has been on the air for almost 16 years, educating and entertaining audiences about all sorts of American music and cultural heritage. Now Nick Spitzer, folklorist, professor, and the show's host, has taken the show on the road…and we ain't talking Route...
Japanese-American woman in costume banging on a taiko drum.
When NEA National Heritage Fellow PJ Hirabayashi left the day-to-day operations of San Jose Taiko in 2011, she had a moment of pause, almost of panic, as she set about...
With the incredibly amazing NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert happening TONIGHT! , we wanted to highlight a 2013 Heritage Fellow whose music makes a cameo on the new Big Read audio guide for Luis Alberto Urrea’s fantastic novel, Into the Beautiful North . Selecting the music, as...
"...[I]t's just finding that human connection that all of us are a part of. We are all connected, so we all have the same wants and needs and desires for ourselves and for our children, our grandchildren, and if you go back far enough, we all come from a rural background. Every single one...
"When I [was] four or five years, I started to play on this instrument, [the cimbalom.] But if you’re not studying the instrument, you can lose a lot. Even today... I take the hammer and every day make the exercise [of playing]." -- Nicolae Feraru, 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow...
"When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for those who come after us." -- Veronica Castillo For Texas-based artist Veronica Castillo , a 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow, ceramics and clay sculptures are in the blood. For three generations, her family has been...
”… I love creativity and doing something weird and something that feels very personal.”— Sam Amidon I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing that it’s not every day you come across a new album that features both Civil War ballads and a cover of a Mariah...
This month we’re celebrating the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Today we present a short film that takes an intergenerational look at Paiute culture, featuring 2013 honoree Ralph Burns, a master storyteller and tradition bearer of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The documentary is by...
“If you want to be an innovator in a style, you need to be a preservationist also, because until you can speak the stylistic language fluently, you can’t really understand how to innovate in the style.” — Andy Statman, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Read our full...

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