Celebrate the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows!


By Paulette Beete
collage of photos of nine 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows

(top row) Dan Ansotegui (photo by Tom Pich); Grant Bulltail (photo by Tom Pich); Bob Fulcher (photo by Sarah Terpstra Hanson); (middle row) Linda Goss (photo by Edwin Remsberg); James F. Jackson (photo by Tom Pich); Balla Kouyaté (photo by Brendan Mercure Photography); Josephine Lobato (photo by Carol S. Dass); (bottom row) Rich Smoker (photo by Edwin Remsberg); Las Tesoros de San Antonio—(l-r) Blanquita “Blanca Rosa” Rodríguez and Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas (photo courtesy of Esperanza Peace & Justice Center)

We're excited to celebrate the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows tonight with a concert event featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the National Heritage Fellows and other special guests. The evening will be hosted by Queen Nur, storyteller, teaching artist, and director of the Folklife Center at the Perkins Center for the Arts. You can watch the live webcast at 8:00pm on arts.gov.

Learn more about the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows here.

Here are just a few of the master artists we are honoring tonight...

Dan Ansotegui
Basque Musician and Tradition Bearer
Boise, Idaho

Grant Bulltail
Crow Storyteller
Crow Agency, Montana

Bob Fulcher
Folklorist and State Park Manager
Clinton, Tennessee

James F. Jackson
Leatherworker
Sheridan, Wyoming

Balla Kouyaté
Balafon Player and Djeli
Medford, Massachusetts