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Marion Coleman, Living in the Shadows, 2016.

National Endowment for the Arts Reveals Recipients of Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts has named the newest recipients of its National Heritage Fellowships, which are awarded annually to creatives from across the United States who have made significant contributions to the nation’s folk and traditional arts. The 2018 fellows will each receive a $25,000 award and be honored at an award ceremony to be held in Washington, DC, on September 26, as well as at a free concert at Sidney Harman Hall on September 28.

The recipients are the Palestinian embroiderer Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim (Milwaukie, Oregon); the Appalachian fiddler Eddie Bond (Fries, Virginia); the Anishinaabe black-ash basket-maker Kelly Church (Allegan, Michigan); the African American quilter Marion Coleman (Castro Valley, California); rodeo tailor Manuel Cuevas (Nashville); the Chicana altarista Ofelia Esparza (Los Angeles); R&B musician Barbara Lynn (Beaumont, Texas); the Franco American musicians Don & Cindy Roy (Gorham, Maine); and traditional music and dance advocate Ethel Raim (New York).

“The 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows have dedicated their lives to mastering these distinctive art forms and sharing them with new audiences both within their communities and nationwide,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts. “We look forward to celebrating them and their incredible artistic accomplishments this fall.”

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