Folk & Traditional Arts

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“John and Joe." Video courtesy of StoryCorps No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...
Washington, DC Gabriel Ayala, at work. Photo by Marty Haviik. As noted on his website , "Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music." Ayala is deeply passionate about music and, in particular, the classical guitar...
Potter William Baker shapes a new piece on the wheel in his studio; Baker is one of the local artists that North Carolina's HandMade in America has brought visibility to with its guidebooks and online resources.
In an era of mass-manufactured products and outside corporate development, the Western North Carolina region, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, has taken economic direction from a refreshingly unlikely...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim ?Texas Shorty? Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the "Texas" in Texas fiddle? According to Jim, Texas fiddling takes old, simple tunes and embellishes them...
Washington, DC NEA Heritage Fellow Richard Hagopian performs Armenian music on the oud , accompanied by his grandson, Andrew Hagopian, on the dumbeg . The performance was given at the San Joaquin River Center in honor of Rocco's visit to Fresno. Video by Jon Ching, courtesy of the Alliance for...
Washington, DC The Neon Man and Me from Shanika Smiley on Vimeo . If there was such a thing as a thoroughbred artist, Slash Coleman would fit the bill. His grandfather was a dancer at Moulin Rouge, his grandmother was a watercolorist, and his father was a sculptor. This genealogical creativity has...
Building across a lake
In the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art sits on the campus of Salisbury University. A small museum, opened in 1975, the Ward Museum nonetheless...
Washington, DC Porcupine quill basket by Jeremy Frey. Photo by Theresa Secord Jeremy Frey is a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. Based in Maine, he specializes in ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as porcupine quillwork. As a young boy, Jeremy enjoyed drawing and woodcarving, eventually learning...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her...

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