Liz Carroll and John Doyle opened the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert with their Irish tunes. Photos by Michael Stewart

The following day, Friday, June 29, 2007 was the annual Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The concert's honoree was Bess Lomax Hawes, the first NEA director of the folk and tradtional arts and the inspiration behind the Fellows program. Fellows Liz Carroll, John Cephas, and Michael Doucet performed before a packed and lively tent audience. ...

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, 2001 NEA National Heritage Fellow Peter Kyvelos (from Bedford, MA), and Senator Edward Kennedy. Photos by Michael Stewart

On Thursday, June 28, 2007 nineteen NEA National Heritage Fellows from across the country gathered with more than 100 other guests at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill to help kickoff the 25th anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellows program. Senators Edward Kennedy, Mike Enzi, and Thad Cochran joined in the celebration. A photo exhibit of 32 Fellow portraits taken by...

Two-time New Mexico state champion Fantasia Lonjose rehearses before the National Finals.

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
National Finals 2007

New York, NY

Highlights from the NEA Jazz Masters 2007 Awards Celebration

Nevada state champion Gibran Baydoun of Green Valley High School performs “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas. Credit: James Kegley

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
National Finals 2006

New York, NY

Highlights from the NEA Jazz Masters 2006 Awards Celebration.

Dieomedes Matos (third from left) with members of his family and Chairman Gioia at the Library of Congress banquet on September 12, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet, Awards Ceremony and Concert took place on September 12, 14 and 15, 2006

Description – closeup girl in embroidered shirt looking pensive Caption: Washington Regional Champion Stephanie Oparaugo of Benjamin Banneker High School recites The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats. Credit: James Kegley

2005 National Poetry Recitation Contest
Washington, DC Regional Finals

Los Angeles, CA

Highlights from NEA Jazz Masters 2005 Awards Celebration