The National Heritage Fellowships—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts—recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. Including the 2018 class, the NEA has awarded 431 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, recognizing artists working in more than 200 distinct art forms, such as bluesman B.B. King, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, cowboy poet Wally McRae, Kathak dancer and choreographer Chitresh Das, and gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples.
July 16th, 2011 Elder Frank Newsome wins NEA National Heritage Fellowship
June 25th, 2014 Holmes Brothers Receive NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship
January 18th, 2018 Concert Celebrating Folk Masters at Virginia Festival of the Book