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2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Gladys Kukana Grace
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master lauhala (palm leaf) weaver Gladys Kukana Grace. Aunty Gladys, as she was known, learned the art of weaving lauhala from her maternal...
Mike Opacich in his studio
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master tamburitza instrument maker Milan Opacich. Opacich became interested in the tamburitza music of his Eastern European heritage as a teenager...
"The National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges with great sadness the passing of Roberto Martinez, Sr., who, together with his son Lorenzo, received a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. An instrumentalist, singer, composer, teacher, and cultural advocate, Martinez...
Mike Auldridge performs at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
"It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge . Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the...
Virginia has long been a fertile ground for American traditional music, from the famous Bristol Sessions of 1927, featuring such acts as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, to the town of Rugby, population 7, where Wayne Henderson crafts handmade guitars sought after by...
Obo Add playing drums
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 1996 NEA National Heritage Fellow Obo Addy. Born in Ghana, Addy was an extraordinary drummer, equally adept at performing in traditional and contemporary styles...
Washington, D.C. – At its heart, the folk and traditional arts are rooted in the cultural practices of a particular community, whether it's Texas's Tejano music, the boatbuilding traditions of coastal Massachusetts, or the gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. On Thursday, October...
Mozell Benson
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of quilter Mozell Benson, recipient of a 2001 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. One only needs to look at the extraordinary quilts that Mozell produced during her...
Washington, DC — "Basketmaking for me is about innovation and creativity within the context of a traditional art form," said basketmaker and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Molly Neptune Parker. The same words apply to all recipients of the 2012 NEA National...
Photo courtesy of the NEA "On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Doc Watson, recipient of both an NEA National Heritage Fellowship and National Medal of Arts. With his distinct flat-picking style of...

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