NEA National Heritage Fellowships


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.
In celebration of 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi, Jennie Terman of our Folk and Traditional Arts team gives a primer on nihon buyo, or the art of Japanese Classical Dance.
We're crunching the numbers on the NEA National Heritage Fellowships.
A sneak peek of what you'll see on our Pinterest board celebrating 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows Sidonka Wadina and Yary Livan.
A brief intro to the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.