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Al Head addresses the guests at the the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet.

Al Head addresses the guests at the the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet. Head is the 2012 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship Award which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. At the ceremony earlier that evening, Rocco Landesman said, "An arts agency executive who has initiated folk arts programs in three states, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama, Al Head is a tireless advocate for living artistic heritage as a key element in defining and expressing a state's shared cultural assets." Photo by Tom Pich