The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients' artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. See below for information on how to submit a nomination.
“The 2023 National Heritage Fellows exemplify what it means to live an artful life. Their rich and diverse art forms connect us to the past, strengthen our communities today, and give hope to future generations in ways that only the arts can. Our nation is strengthened through their meaningful practices, expressions, and preservation of traditional artistry.” — NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, announcing the 2023 honorees.
National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony—Friday, September 29, 2023, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
NOTE: The live ceremony has concluded. Watch the recording below.
The awards ceremony honored the 2023 National Heritage Fellows and recognized the 2020-2022 recipients. Hosted by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the ceremony opened with a performance by Irish flute player and 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joanie Madden.
Ceremony program (pdf)