NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert Celebration is one heck of a good party, and what's a party without music? Not only do legendary traditional artists such as ceramicist Veronica Castillo, sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, or shipwright Harold Burnham give dazzling on-stage...
"I would tell [young artists] to not fear seeing with the heart or self-expression, but to fear to not take the challenge to do it or to remain silent about what they want to express and witness to make this a better world. When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for...
African-American woman surrounded by quilts.
Carolyn Mazloomi is as much a storyteller as she is a quilter. A 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Mazloomi uses thread and needle to create a visual narrative of the...
"Irish music is dance music." -- Kevin Doyle, 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow While many of us may be familiar with Irish step dancing, whether from the many St. Patrick’s Day parades that take place across the U.S. each March or through Riverdance-type shows—very rarely do...
The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows have just been announced , and they are an impressive bunch who practice a vast range of traditional art forms. While you’ll get to see many of these art forms in person at our concert on Friday, September 19, 2014, why not give yourself a primer with a...
This morning we announced nine new NEA National Heritage Fellows and four new NEA Jazz Masters! The honored folk artists are Henry Arquette, Mauel "Cowboy" Donley, Kevin Doyle, The Holmes Brothers, Yvonne Walker Keshick, Carolyn Mazloomi, Vera Nakonechny, Rufus White, and the Singing...
"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...

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