NEA National Heritage Fellowships

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Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
The Birmingham Sunlights--2009 NEA National Heritage Fellows---draw on the rich heritage of quartet-style singing of Alabama's Jefferson County region, which folklorist Hank Willett calls one of the "most remarkable of Alabama's cultural jewels." The five-man, four-part harmony a cappella gospel...
Washington, DC Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi...
Washington, DC NEA National Heritage Fellow Chitresh Das performed with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith at the 2009 celebration concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Through the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the NEA has celebrated the artistic achievements and contributions of the nation's...
Washington, DC St. Louis hometown hero (and NEA Jazz Master) Clark Terry has garnered many honors over a distinguished career, including a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Portrait by Tom Pich Thanks to Rocco, we know that St. Louis has a long live theater tradition. But the "Gateway to the West...
Last Friday on the blog, Folk and Traditional Director Barry Bergey reported back on a UNESCO exhibit celebrating U.S. and Flemish tradition-bearers. Here's a video look at Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage: An American and Flemish Dialogue . Video of aH4g2sKbnz8 Film by Documentary Arts...
2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Michael Doucet with his portrait by Alan Govenar at UNESCO's Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage exhibit. Photo by Barry Bergey NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey represented the NEA several weeks ago at an UNESCO exhibit celebrating NEA...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC (l to r) Jacob Eller, Duane Compton, Wayne Henderson (sitting), Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Amber Collins perform at The Music of Crooked Road. Photo by Michael G. Stewart, courtesy of the National Council for the Traditional Arts "I was lost almost from the first note,...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Continuing our look at the arts in Idaho, today we?re featuring two NEA National Heritage Fellows?Dale Harwood, a saddle maker from Shelley; and Horace P. Axtell, a Nez Perce drum maker, singer, tradition-bearer from Lewiston?both of whom received their honors in 2008. Dale...
<p>Riley "B.B." King performs more than 250 concerts each year. Photo credit: Michael P. Smith</em>
Although Riley "B.B." King wanted to be a preacher or a gospel singer, he grew up to be a legendary bluesman whose distinctive economical phrasing, precise bent notes, and unique...

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