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A man wearing a cowboy hat plays a guitar and sings on a stage with a band behind him.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Tejano musician and singer from Manuel "Cowboy" Donley from Austin, Texas, recipient of a 2014 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. A...
A collage of photos of different individuals with art work or performing with the text 2020 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships
Washington, DC—As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to support and celebrate our nation’s rich traditional arts heritage, the agency is announcing the 2020 recipients of its National Heritage Fellowships. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Passamaquoddy Basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker from Princeton, Maine, recipient of a 2012 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Parker...
A man sits on a porch wearing overalls and holding a fiddle
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...
A woman wearing a red shirt and brightly sequined hat and vest speaks into a microphone.
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...

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