2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Library of Congress on October 1, 2015. Photos by Tom Pich

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Group of 12 men and women pose, one row seated and one standing, for a group photo in the Library of Congress.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Front row, left to right: Sidonka Wadina, Getrude Yukie Tsutsumi, Drink Small, Mary Lee Bendolph, Lucy Mingo. Back row, left to right: NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Daniel Sheehy, Dolly Jacobs, Yary Livan, Michael Alpert, Rahim AlHaj, NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Cliff Murphy. Not pictured: Loretta Pettway.

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On a stage, two women present a plaque to another woman, dressed in traditional Slovak clothing.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin present a plaque to 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Sidonka Wadina at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

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On a stage, a woman and a man present a plaque to another woman, dressed in traditional Japanese clothing.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Congressman Mark Takai present a plaque to 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony

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On a stage, three women hold plaques, with one woman to their right and a woman and a man to their left.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, and Senator Jeff Sessions present plaques to 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows Loretta Pettway (represented by her daughter Claudine Pettway), Lucy Mingo, and Mary Lee Bendolph at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

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2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Yary Livan and NEA Chairman Jane Chu at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Yary Livan and NEA Chairman Jane Chu at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

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A man in a wheelchair speaks into a microphone with a woman and man behind him holding the wheelchair and seven others seated in chairs to his left.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Drink Small addresses the audience at the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

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A man speaks from a podium on a stage with five other men and women seated in chairs to his left.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Michael Alpert addresses the audience at the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony.

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A woman stands holding a plaque surrounded by a large group of men and women.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Dolly Jacobs with her family friends at a reception in honor of the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A man speaks from a podium.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Daniel Sheehy speaks at a dinner in honor of the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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In a large hall, a man sits on a small stage playing the oud, while men and women seated at tables watch the performance.

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow Rahim AlHaj performs at a dinner in honor of the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.