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Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her...
Washington, DC The NEA has a proud tradition of honoring master artists in folk and traditional arts, jazz, and, more recently, opera. In the budget proposal we have submitted for fiscal year 2012 , we hope to be able to extend these honors and the accompanying support to the full range of American...
Washington, DC Nick Spitzer interviews Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman at the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellows concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart In 2005, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work and mastery as a Yiddish singer, poet, and songwriter. In...
Washington, DC Most people don't see prison as an opportunity to develop their career. Of course most people don't go on to develop their own genre of music either. That's because most people aren't Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music." Brown talked to us about his...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
Washington, DC August 3, 2010 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Chuck Brown. Photo by Tom Pich You might think that---unlike Chicago or Nashville or New Orleans---the only "music" to be heard in DC is the sound of official motorcades or pontificating politicians. But, in fact, thanks to...
Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...

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