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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...
Students investigate an exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Sondra Hines
Arts education isn't just a means of learning an artistic skill or practice; it is also a unique tool for learning about different cultures and perspectives. Multicultural arts programs help...
At the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, Chitresh Das , a master in the art of kathak (classical North Indian dance), was among those honored with the highest award the nation gives to folk and traditional artists. After performing solo, Das brought to the stage an artist with whom he...
Video of LgF-mK5wCRo "[T]hat ever-present element of surprise is a celestial synchronicity that not only energizes the film you're making but also hopefully resonates with your audience." --- Kelly Sheehan At the turn of the last century, Kelly Sheehan found herself working with...
Last week, we heard from folk legend Pete Seeger as he shared his memories of fellow musician and good friend Woody Guthrie. In this week's podcast , we continue the conversation with Seeger. Born into a family of classical musicians, Seeger was encouraged to play music from the very start. By...
As noted in this week's podcast, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of singer, songwriter, activist, and folk legend Woody Guthrie. Guthrie traveled throughout the country learning and singing traditional folk music while writing and performing his own songs, which numbered more...
Charles Ahovissi, founder of African Culture Connection (ACC), and ACC youth participant Victoria Beaugard accept a 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Steven E. Purcell When Charles Ahovissi emigrated from Benin, West Africa, to Omaha,...
At yesterday's National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, First Lady Michelle Obama stands with Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando. The group is the performing ensemble of the Mariachi Masters Apprentice Program, a 2012 NAHYP Award honoree. Photo by Steven E. Purcell For most musicians,...
If music is a language, then Native American Dennis Yerry is a multi-linguist, as we learn in this week's podcast . With a background in jazz piano and cabaret, he has played in many clubs around New York City throughout the years, including the Knickerbocker, Tavern on the Green, and the...

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