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A man in a brown cowboy hat and best sits on a stool, holding a guitar.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 1985 National Heritage Fellow Glenn Ohrlin, a cowboy singer, storyteller, and illustrator from Mountain View, Arkansas. Ohrlin began singing cowboy songs at the age of five, and...
A man in an elaborate blue, white, and silver headress and suit.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2011 National Heritage Fellow Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis, a leader of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Wild Magnolias. Widely believed to have started in the late 1800s as a way of...
A man in a brightly colored red and yellow outfit plays a large drum with his hands.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 National Heritage Fellow Yacub Addy, Ghanaian drum master from Latham, New York. A master of traditional music of the Ga ethnic group, a creator of new works rooted in tradition,...
drummer and vocalist Willy Popsy Dixon playing on stage
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Willy "Popsy" Dixon, drummer and vocalist with the Holmes Brothers, recipients of a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. In the early 1970s, Wendell Holmes met and performed with...
A man dressed in white balances on one leg in a garden.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2009 National Heritage Fellow Pandit Chitresh Das, Kathak dancer, choreographer, and educator from San Francisco, California. Pandit (a term used to denote a master) Chitresh Das was...
A man in a suit and a man in a red plaid shirt and black vest look at two baskets.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2009 National Heritage Fellow LeRoy Graber, a willow basketmaker from Freeman, South Dakota. Graber learned to weave willow baskets from his grandfather, Jacob Graber, who came to the...
a woman in a brown shirt and a blue scarf stands on a stage with a man with a beard wearing a brown suit.
Washington, DC —After 29 years at the National Endowment for the Arts serving the folk and traditional arts field, Barry Bergey is retiring from the NEA on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Bergey has been Director of the Folk and Traditional Arts program since 2000 following 15...
WAlter Murray Chiesa in a workshop.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Walter Murray Chiesa, recipient of the 2008 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship for his lifetime of work documenting and championing the traditional crafts of Puerto Rico. In...
2014 National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC — A free concert will highlight the diversity of art found throughout the United States with blues, tejano , and African-American religious singing; Irish dancing; and Native-American, African-American, and Ukrainian crafts. All of the artists featured are...
Judith McCulloh
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Judith McCulloh , recipient of the 2010 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship for her lifetime of work as a devoted scholar, folklorist, and folk arts advocate. In a 2010...

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