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NEA National Heritage Fellows

“If you want to be an innovator in a style, you need to be a preservationist also, because until you can speak the stylistic language fluently, you can’t really understand how to innovate in the style.” — Andy Statman, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Read our full...
"From the Native-American art forms that can be traced to our country's origins to the artistic traditions introduced by our newest immigrants, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support and celebrate all of our country's folk and traditional arts and the artists who have...
Today we are celebrating the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows with an interview with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley who spoke with us about the importance of the folk and traditional arts and his own career as a traditional Irish musician. "A community united by the ideals of...
Need something to do this weekend while you're waiting to find out who's in the 2014 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows? Might we suggest a podcast or two or eight? (Click on the Heritage Fellows' names to access the full podcast.) "I didn't do it because it was something...
from announcing the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows! Wondering what to do while you wait? Visit with the 2012 Fellows, of course. From October 2012, here's the concert celebrating Mike Auldridge, Paul and Darlene Bergren, Harold A. Burnham, Albert B. Head, Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez...
In this week's podcast , we visit with two members of the Paschall Brothers , who are 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows. For 31 years, the Paschall Brothers have been singing the a cappella gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. The group's four-part harmony owes much to its founder,...
Harold Burnham's schooner, Ardelle. Photo by Tom Pich In this week's podcast , we meet 2012 National Heritage Fellow, master shipwright Harold Burnham ! Burnham is deeply committed to the tradition of shipbuilding that began and was refined in his hometown of Essex, Massachusetts. He has...
In this week's podcast, we meet Albert B. Head. Search as you might, it would be hard to find a more eloquent and thoughtful advocate for folk and traditional arts than Al Head . For 40 years, Head has been pivotal in ensuring that folk art would be recognized and honored by state and national...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship , which "recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations." Now in its 30th year, it...

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