2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on October 2, 2015. Photos by Michael G. Stewart

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Daniel Sheehy, recipient of the 2015 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship, performs "Bonito Tecalitlán" with Mariachi Los Amigos, a group he co-founded in 1978.

Daniel Sheehy, recipient of the 2015 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship, performs "Bonito Tecalitlán" with Mariachi Los Amigos, a group he co-founded in 1978.

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A woman speaks from a wooden podium.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu addresses the audience at the concert: "These artists represent the height of their art forms. And they also represent the diversity and richness of the American cultural landscape. Through their art and advocacy, they have rooted us more firmly to our heritage, and ensured that the many voices, stories, and customs of this great country will be preserved and carried forward. This is something we hold dear at the National Endowment for the Arts."

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Two men stand on stage behind a table with several pieces of pottery on it.

Emcee Marco Werman interviews Cambodian ceramicist Yary Livan about his work.

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A man seated in a wheelchair sings and plays the guitar, with another man seated to his right plays the harmonica, and another man stands, playing the electric bass.

Blues musician Drink Small performs his song "Never too late to do right, Always too soon to do wrong," accompanied by Donald Ceasar (harmonica) and Steve Wolf (bass).

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Two dancers in traditional Japanese clothing perform.

Japanese classical dancers Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi and Howard Asao perform "Matsu No Hagoromo" or "The Feather Robe in the Pine Grove."

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Two women work on sewing a quilt stretched over a frame.

Mary Lee Bendolph and Lucy Mingo discuss their community of quilters in Gee's Bend, Alabama.

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A man shakes hands with a woman dressed in traditional Slovak clothing, in front of examples of straw weaving and egg decorating.

Emcee Marco Werman interviews Slovak straw artist and egg decorator Sidonka Wadina about her work.

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Four musicians perform on stage-- a pianist, bass player, singer, and clarinetist.

Yiddish musician Michael Alpert perfoms "Klaybt Zikh Tsunoyf" with members of Brave Old World: Alan Bern (piano) Stuart Brotman (bass), Kurt bjorling (clarinet).

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Two men are seated on a stage, one playing the oud, another a large hand-held drum.

Oud player Rahim AlHaj performs his song “Warm Voice” accompanied by percussionist Issa Malluf.

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A woman in a sequined costume flies through the air by holding onto two straps hanging from the ceiling.

Circus aerialist Dolly Jacobs.

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The 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows celebrate with family and friends during the concert finale.

The 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows celebrate with family and friends during the concert finale.