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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Hawaiian slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui , recipient of a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Pahinui is widely recognized...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of African-American harmonica player Elder Roma Wilson , recipient of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Born December 22,...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of steel pan builder, tuner, and player Elliott “Ellie” Mannette , recipient of a 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Mannette...
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Washington, DC —This September, the National Endowment for the Arts will host two free events to celebrate the recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, the NEA National Heritage Fellows. The awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 is an...
Headshots of nine individuals with next saying 2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships
Washington, DC — Today the National Endowment for the Arts is announcing the newest recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, who range from an old-time fiddler to a Day of the Dead altar maker to an R&B musician. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships, awarded...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of gospel singer Clarence Fountain , recipient with his band, the Blind Boys of Alabama, of a 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional...

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