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Dakshina founder Daniel Phoenix Singh with Melissa Greco Liu in "Sonnet." Photo by Stephen Barnovics, courtesy of Dakshina "[A]rt is the nexus where all the different aspects of my life---as a gay man, a South Asian, a first-generation immigrant, a person of color, a little bit of a...
Woody Guthrie, circa 1945. Photo courtesy of Woody Guthrie Archives "He was always reflecting back to us, who we are, our lives, our thoughts, our hopes, our disappointments." --- Nora Guthrie on her father Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie---singer, songwriter, author, artist, provocateur...
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...
Michal Shapiro. Photo by Bernard Levy There's a joke about a Jewish rowing team. They practiced obsessively, hoping to compete one day, but they could never break the records of the big colleges. When one of their members got accepted to Harvard, they told him, "Observe how they row,...
Text by Paulette Beete Images by Tom Pich Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take...
This week's podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder . During the 1970s, a small group of Hawaiians formed the Polynesian Voyaging...
Boott Cotton Mills is a historic mill that has been turned into a museum and multiple-use space in Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo by Jonathan Parker
Lowell, Massachusetts, has long passed its 19th-century heyday as the largest planned industrial center in the United States. Although the city once roared with 10,000 looms, the local economy collapsed...
As we celebrate our 100th podcast---and St. Patrick's Day!--- today's podcast features National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll , who has long been recognized as one of the great Irish fiddle players. Born and raised in Chicago, Carroll participated in informal Irish musical gatherings, called...
“In the Lakota language, there is no single word that translates to ‘art,’” said Peter Strong, director of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School . In an e-mail, he said that instead, “There are words that mean ‘bringing out the beauty’ of an object...

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