ncta events
national folk festival
partner folk festivals
lowell folk festival
american folk festival
richmond folk festival
national touring programs
current and recent tours
complete list of ncta tours
blue ridge music center
ncta audio archive
nea national heritage fellowships
Heritage 2008 Finale

NEA National Heritage Fellowships

The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held on Friday, September 19 at GW Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.

You can watch video of the 2013 concert here.

2013 National Heritage Fellows

Download last year's concert poster

The National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon its folk and traditional artists. Each year, nine to thirteen individuals, “national living treasures” from across the nation, are chosen to receive this one-time-only Fellowship in recognition of lifetime achievement, artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s cultural heritage.

Bess Lomax Hawes, first director of NEA’s Folk & Traditional Arts Program, created the National Heritage Fellowships in 1982. To date, 386 master artists have been honored.  National Heritage Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis.  Recipients are announced in early summer; the Fellowship award ceremonies and other activities take place the following fall.

For over 20 years, the NCTA has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts on a consulting basis to manage and coordinate the annual week of activities in Washington, D.C. honoring Fellowship recipients.  These include a Capitol Hill award ceremony, a banquet in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress and a culminating gala public concert featuring the Fellowship awardees produced by the NCTA.


The NEA National Heritage Fellowship program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

Official Media Sponsor





news updates
national folk festival
partner folk festival
touring programs
blue ridge music center
ncta audio archives
national heritage fellowship