NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert Featured on American Routes Radio Program November 23–29, 2011

Concert celebrates the folk and traditional arts in America

Washington, DC —This past September, master artists in such diverse art forms as the Piedmont blues, taiko drumming, and Bulgarian wedding music all took the stage in a sold-out concert at Maryland’s Music Center at Strathmore. Now, public radio’s American Routes will present a special broadcast of the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert this Thanksgiving weekend—November 23–29, 2011. To find your local listing or stream the program on demand, go to

Recorded live on September 23, 2011, and hosted by American Routes’ Nick Spitzer,the concert features interviews with and music from the recipients of the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Frame drum player and percussionist Carlinos Pandeiro de Ouro, Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ledward Kaapana, and the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe were among this year’s honorees. The broadcast will also feature music by previous National Heritage Fellows such as Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe, John Lee Hooker, and Mavis Staples.

For more information on the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellows, including bios, in-depth interviews, photos, and a webcast of the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, go to

Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 367 NEA National Heritage Fellowships to a wide array of musicians, artists, and craftspeople, including weavers, basket makers, quilters, tradition bearers, dancers, and others. Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in folk and traditional arts on the basis of their continuing artistic accomplishments and contributions as practitioners and teachers.   

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.  To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at



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