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NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awardees: Resources at the American Folklife Center

AFC Collections about the National Heritage Fellowship Program

In addition to collections on the National Heritage Fellows, the American Folklife Center stewards collections about the administration of the National Heritage Fellows program. These files reflect the momentous task that the NEA team had ahead of them in determining the scope of this new category of awards. Since the AFC archival holdings tend heavily towards audiovisual materials, these administrative files are often the only place that early awardees in areas of material culture are represented.

Featured Public Program: Tom Pich and Barry Bergey

On February 28, 2018, photographer Tom Pich and folklorist Barry Bergey, co-authors of the book Folk Masters: A Portrait of America discussed their award-winning project. During the past 25 years, Pich has traveled across the country to the homes and studios of recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor given to America's folk and traditional artists. His photographs provide a unique portrait of their art, their personalities and their culture. While each image tells a story on its own, Barry Bergey, the former Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts, provides further insight into the lives of the featured artist as well as the remarkable stories behind each photograph. Folk Masters documents and honors the extraordinary women and men who take traditional arts to new heights while also ensuring their continuation from generation to generation.

Collections about the National Heritage Fellowship Program