NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert Featured on American Routes Radio Program
Concert celebrates the folk and traditional arts in America
November 24, 2010
Washington, DC —This Thanksgiving weekend—November 24-30, 2010—Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, encourages you to celebrate our nation’s vibrant cultural heritage by tuning into American Routes’ special broadcast of the 2010 National Heritage Fellowships Concert. The American Routes broadcast will include highlights from this year’s concert as well as interviews with past and present National Heritage Fellows.
Recorded live at the Music Center at Strathmore near Washington, DC on September 24, 2010, and hosted by American Routes’s Nick Spitzer,the concert features interviews and music from this year’s honorees, including Bluegrass musician Del McCoury, Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy, and Texas-style fiddler Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor. In addition to the 2010 honorees, the broadcast will also feature interviews and music from previous NEA National Heritage Fellows such as Doc Watson and John Lee Hooker.
To find your local listing, or stream the program on demand, go to americanroutes.org.
The NEA National Heritage Fellows program is the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in folk and traditional arts on the basis of their continuing artistic accomplishments and contributions as practitioners and teachers. Since 1982, the Endowment has awarded 358 NEA National Heritage Fellowships to a wide array of musicians, weavers, basket makers, quilters, tradition bearers, dancers and others. For more information on the National Heritage Fellowships, please visit arts.gov.
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 $4 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.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency