NEA National Heritage Fellows to Perform in Free Concert
at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on October 4, 2012
Live webcast of concert available atarts.gov
Recipients also to be honored at Awards Ceremony on October 3, 2012
At its heart,
the folk and traditional arts are rooted in the cultural practices of a
particular community, whether it's Texas's Tejano music, the
boatbuilding traditions of coastal Massachusetts, or the gospel music of
Tidewater Virginia. On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at
7:30 p.m. EDT, communities around the country and world will be able to
experience these art forms and more as a group of our nation's top folk
and traditional artists take the stage for the annual NEA National
Heritage Fellowships Concert, which will be webcast
live at arts.gov and
open to the public. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances, featuring the
2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
The 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:
Auldridge, Dobro Player (Silver Spring, MD)
& Darlene Bergren, Dog Sled and Snowshoe Designers and Builders (Minot, ND)
A. Burnham, Master Shipwright (Essex, MA)
B. Head, Traditional Arts Advocate (Montgomery, AL)*
"Flaco" Jiménez, Tejano Accordion Player (San Antonio, TX)
Yoshiko Nakasone, Okinawan Dancer (Honolulu, HI)
Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy Basketmaker (Princeton, ME)
Paschall Brothers, Tidewater Gospel Quartet (Chesapeake, VA)
Statman, Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolinist, Composer (Brooklyn, NY)
B. Head is the recipient of the 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.
Profiles of the artists are available in the Lifetime Honors section of
the NEA’s website, along with photos, audio, and video samples of their work.
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium at730
21st Street NW in Washington, DC. This concert will be webcast live at arts.gov with
an archive available following the event.
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, 7040 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.
PLEASE NOTE: All unclaimed tickets will be released 15 minutes before the
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony
addition to the concert, the NEA will also hold the National Heritage
Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.in
Room 119 of the
Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 1st Street SE,
between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open
to the public.
Members of the press who wish to attend the concert or awards ceremony or obtain photographs should contact Liz Auclair email@example.com.
About the NEA National Heritage Fellowships
The 2012 honorees join the ranks of previous Heritage Fellows, including
pueblo potter Helen Cordero, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet,
sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, bluesman B.B. King, cowboy poet
Wally McRae, bluegrass musician Bill Monroe,
and gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples. From 1982 to 2012, the Arts
Endowment has awarded 377 NEA National Heritage Fellowships. 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.
The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 class of NEA
National Heritage Fellowships. The deadline is October 1, 2012. Visit
the NEA's website to
submit a nomination.
Visit arts.gov for
more information on the NEA's National Heritage Fellowships, including
bios, interviews, and audio selections for the NEA National Heritage
Fellows; portraits of more than 155 NEA National Heritage Fellows by Tom
Pich; and publications such as a 30th anniversary
publication featuring a DVD-Rom, created by Documentary Arts, with
photos, videos, and audio recordings of all the Heritage Fellows, and a Masters
of Traditional Arts Education Guide.
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 $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.