Folk & Traditional Arts

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"When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for those who come after us." -- Veronica Castillo For Texas-based artist Veronica Castillo , a 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow, ceramics and clay sculptures are in the blood. For three generations, her family has been...
”… I love creativity and doing something weird and something that feels very personal.”— Sam Amidon I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing that it’s not every day you come across a new album that features both Civil War ballads and a cover of a Mariah...
This month we’re celebrating the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Today we present a short film that takes an intergenerational look at Paiute culture, featuring 2013 honoree Ralph Burns, a master storyteller and tradition bearer of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The documentary is by...
“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...
Lady Pink at work. Photo by Matt Weber
When Lady Pink discovered graffiti in 1979, her first canvases were New York City subway cars. Although certainly vandalism, some considered it art as well. Her work quickly evolved from...
"Traditional music is very important because you should always be connected to the roots of the instrument you play. That's the only way to fully understand your instrument and to respect the great players that came before you."---Jake Shimabukuro With fans including Eddie Vedder and...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
There are better and worse ways of doing things. If we understand and appreciate the better way of doing things---a better way of communicating, a better way of living, a better way of learning, a better way of treating our fellow man---that is an art form.---Albert Head Whenever I take a trip away...
"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...

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