NEA Celebrates Folk and Traditional Arts at Free Concert
2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows also to be honored at awards ceremony
Washington, DC — A free concert will highlight the diversity of art found throughout the United States with blues, tejano, and African-American religious singing; Irish dancing; and Native-American, African-American, and Ukrainian crafts. All of the artists featured are recipients of a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2014 National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of performances, demonstrations, and conversations. The concert will also be streamed live at arts.gov. Prior to the concert on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT at the Library of Congress the recipients will be honored in an awards ceremony. Both events are open to the public and managed by the National Council for the Traditional Arts.
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NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
Attend in person:
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. Free tickets to this concert are available online at lisner.org or in person at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium Box Office at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, and the House of Musical Traditions at 7010 Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. WAMU 88.5 is the official radio station of the 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. PLEASE NOTE: Ticket-holders should arrive by 7:45 p.m. At that time, all empty seats will be claimed by those in the stand-by line.
Watch the live webcast:
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be live streamed at arts.gov with an archive available following the event. The NEA encourages households and schools to gather together to watch the webcast and use this opportunity to share our nation's diverse folk and traditional arts with families and students. Viewers can share comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage14. You may also request copies of the concert program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the 2014 National Heritage Fellows will be spotlighted in a special episode of public radio's American Routes the week of Thanksgiving. The episode will feature performances and interviews from the concert as well as conversations with previous recipients of National Heritage Fellowships. For more information, go to americanroutes.org.
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony
In addition to the concert, the NEA also will hold the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required.
The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients are:
- Henry Arquette (Hogansburg, New York)—Mohawk basketmaker
- Manuel "Cowboy" Donley (Austin, Texas)—Tejano musician and singer
- Kevin Doyle (Barrington, Rhode Island)—Irish step dancer
- The Holmes Brothers (Rosedale, Maryland & Saluda, Virginia)—blues, gospel, and R&B band
- Yvonne Walker Keshick (Petoskey, Michigan)—Odawa quillworker
- Carolyn Mazloomi* (West Chester, Ohio)—quilting community advocate
- Vera Nakonechny (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)—Ukrainian embroiderer and beadworker
- Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware (Maryland and Delaware)—African-American religious singers
- Rufus White (Walthill, Nebraska)—Omaha traditional singer and drum group leader
*Carolyn Mazloomi is the recipient of the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.
Click on each name for more information on the recipients, including bios, photos, audio samples, and more. More information on the National Heritage Fellowships program can be found here.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
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