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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...
Washington, DC The Carolina Chocolate Drops---(l-r) Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson---performing with NEA Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson (second from right). Photo by Lissa Gotwals The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bit of an anomaly. At the heart of their...
Tamejavi is not a word you will find in any English dictionary—or for that matter, a dictionary in any language—but it is a word full of meaning for many in...
Washington, DC Nick Spitzer interviews Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman at the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellows concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart In 2005, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work and mastery as a Yiddish singer, poet, and songwriter. In...

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