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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Appalachian fiddler Clyde Davenport , recipient of a 1992 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Clyde Davenport was born October 21,...
A man in a gray suit wearing a gold medal with a red, blue, and yellow ribbon stands next to a woman in a red suit.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Blues piano player Henry Gray , recipient of a 2006 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Henry Gray grew up on a farm near Baton...
Marie McDonald 1990. Photo by Tom Pich
National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of 1990 NEA National Heritage Fellow Marie McDonald It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Hawaiian lei maker Marie McDonald , recipient of a 1990 NEA National Heritage...
Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
Washington, DC —This September, two free events will celebrate the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows—recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is an opportunity to...
Headshot of Mary Anne Carter
Washington, DC —The United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018 and becomes the Arts Endowment’s 12th chairman since its inception in 1965...
Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
Washington, DC —Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American dancer and choreographer Norma Miller , recipient of a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Norma Miller was...
A woman stands smiling with a quilt hanging behind her.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American quilter Marion Coleman , from Castro Valley, California, recipient of a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts...
A man wearing a cowboy hat sits in a chair with a guitar next to him.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of bluegrass musician Mac Wiseman , from Nashville, Tennessee, recipient of a 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Mac Wiseman...
A woman in traditional Japanese clothing sits next to tea ware.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Japanese chado tea ceremony master Sosei Shizuye Matsumoto from Los Angeles, California, recipient of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and...

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