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FOLK ARTS & CULTURE
NYS-based NEA National Heritage Fellows


“The NEA’s National Heritage Fellowships, initiated by Bess, highlight the strength and majesty of the nation’s best traditional artists. Well over twenty New Yorkers have been honored as National Heritage Fellows since this program began in 1982...”–From Baron, Robert, “Folk Arts Champion: Bess Lomax Hawes, 1921–2009

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NYS-based NEA Fellows

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to traditional arts. NEA Fellows based in New York are found here.


2014
Henry Arquette
Master basketmaker – Hogansburg, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/henry-arquette

2012
Andy Statman
Klezmer clarinetist, mandolinist, composer – Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/andy-statman
READ the VOICES profile: Innovating across Musical Worlds

2010
Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan
Bharatanatyam Indian dancer – Mastic, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/kamala-lakshmi-narayanan


Yacub Addy
Ghanaian drum master — Latham, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/yacub-addy

2009
Amma D. McKen
Yoruba Orisha singer – Queens, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/amma-d-mcken

2008
Jelon Vieira
Capoeira master – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/jelon-vieira


Sue Yeon Park
Korean dancer and musician – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/sue-yeon-park

2007
Sidiki Conde
Guinean dancer and musician – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/sidiki-conde

2005
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
Yiddish singer/poet/songwriter – Bronx, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/beyle-schaechter-gottesman
READ the VOICES profile

2004
Charles “Chuck” T. Campbell
Gospel steel guitarist – Rochester, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/charles-chuck-t-campbell
READ the VOICES profile: Infused with the Spirit

2003
Rosa Elena Egipciaco
Mundillo-maker (Puerto Rican Bobbin Lace) – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/rosa-elena-egipciaco
READ the VOICES profile: Queen of Mundillo

2001
Qi Shu Fang
Beijing Opera performer – Woodhaven, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/qi-shu-fang


João Oliveira dos Santos (Mestre João Grande)
Capoeira Angola master – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/jo%C3%A3o-oliveira-dos-santos-mestre-jo%C3%A3o-grande


2000
Konstantinos Pylarinos
Orthodox Byzantine icon woodcarver – Astoria, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/konstantinos-pylarinos


Frankie Manning
Lindy Hop Dancer/choreographer/teacher – Corona, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/frankie-manning
READ the NYFS Newsletter Interview: Lindy Hopping at the Savoy

1999
Frisner Augustin
Haitian drummer – Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/frisner-augustin
READ the VOICES article: Drummer, Give Me My Sound

1997
Edward Babb
Shout band leader – Jamaica, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/edward-babb

1996
Juan Gutiérrez
Puerto-Rican drummer – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/juan-guti%C3%A9rrez
READ the profile of: Los Pleneros de la 21

1995
Bao Mo-Li
Chinese-American Jing erhu player – Flushing, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/bao-mo-li


Donny Golden
Irish-American stepdancer – Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/donny-golden

1994
Simon Shaheen
Arab-American oud player – Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/simon-shaheen

1993
Liang-xing Tang
Chinese-American pipa (lute) player – Bayside, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/liang-xing-tang

1992
Fatima Kuinova
Bukharan Jewish singer – Rego Park, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fatima-kuinova


Ng Sheung-Chi
Chinese Toissan muk’yu folk singer – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/ng-sheung-chi

1991
Jack Coen
Irish-American flautist – Bronx, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/jack-coen

1985
Periklis Halkias
Greek clarinetist – Astoria, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/periklis-halkias

1984
Howard “Sandman” Sims
African-American tap dancer – New York, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/howard-sandman-sims


Dave Tarras
Klezmer clarinetist — Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/dave-tarras


Martin Mulvihill
Irish-American fiddler – Bronx, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/martin-mulvihill


Elizabeth Cotten
African-American songstress/songwriter – Syracuse, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/elizabeth-cotten

1983
Mike Manteo
Italian marionettist – Staten Island, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/mike-manteo

1982
Sanders “Sonny” Terry
Blues musician – Holliswood, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/sanders-sonny-terry


Joe Heaney
Irish singer – Brooklyn, NY
NEA Profile: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/joe-heaney

 

Andy Statman
Andy Statman. Photo: ©2009, Bradley Klein, www.twangbox.com


Poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
Poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Photo: Martha Cooper, courtesy of City Lore


Chuck Campbell plays Jump for Joy at the Sacred Steel Convention
Chuck Campbell plays "Jump for Joy" at the Sacred Steel Convention, Sanford, Florida, 2001. Photo: Robert Stone


Photo of Rosa Elena Egipciaco demonstrating mundillo
Rosa Elena Egipciaco demonstrates mundillo at the Centro Civico festival in Amsterdam, New York.
Photo: Elena Martínez.



Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning leads the shim-sham at the New York Swing Dance Society. Photograph by Hazel Hankin.


Frisner Augustin's explosive exuberance energizes a Vodou dance in Brooklyn, 1983.
Frisner Augustin’s explosive exuberance energizes a Vodou dance in Brooklyn, 1983. Photo: Chantal Regnault.

Julia Gutierrez Rivera and Juan Gutierrez at Latin Symposium
Julia Gutiérez-Rivera and Juan Gutiérez of Los Pleneros de la 21, a bomba and plena performance group from New York City, demonstrate how they engage school-age children through music and dance. Photo: Nancy Solomon, Long Island Traditions

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