NEA Celebrates Folk and Traditional Arts with a Free Concert, watch online Oct 2! With art forms ranging from blues music to Japanese classical dancing to Cambodian ceramics, the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows are recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts and represent the diversity and richness of our nation’s cultural heritage. At two events in Washington, DC, October 1-2, 2015 – a free concert and an awards ceremony– the National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate these artists and provide opportunities for the public to learn more about them and their traditions. Both events are open to the public and managed by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. Members of the media who wish to attend the concert, awards ceremony, or request photographs or video from either event should contact Liz Auclair at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Marco Werman, host of Public Radio International and BBC’s The World, will emcee this event, which will feature performances and craft demonstrations by the 2015 Heritage Fellows, including master oud player Rahim AlHaj; musician Michael Alpert with Jewish music ensemble Brave Old World; an aerial performance by circus artist Dolly Jacobs; demonstrations by renowned quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama; as well as blues music, Japanese classical dancing, Cambodian ceramic arts, and Slovak straw weaving and egg decorating. Watch the live webcast: The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be live streamed at arts.gov with an archive available following the event. Viewers can share comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage15. You may also request copies of the concert program by emailing email@example.com.
In addition, the 2015 National Heritage Fellows will be spotlighted in an episode of public radio's American Routes the week of Thanksgiving. The episode will feature performances from the concert and interviews with the artists as well as music and conversations with previous recipients of National Heritage Fellowships. For more information, go to americanroutes.org in November 2015.
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