NEA National Heritage Fellowships

2019 National Heritage Fellows
National Endowment for the Arts

This week, we're celebrating the National Heritage Fellows, past and present. It’s our annual tribute to great traditional artists, musicians, storytellers, and craftspersons, who have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982. 

 

 

Nick Spitzer: Grant Bulltail, a 2019 Heritage Fellow is a native of Crow Agency, Montana, and comes from a family of storytellers who held the history of the Apsáalooke people. Grant spoke of his path in storytelling and sustaining his family’s traditions. 

Josephine Lobato
American Routes

This week on American Routes we're celebrating the National Heritage Fellows, past and present. It’s our annual tribute to great traditional artists, musicians, storytellers, and craftspersons, who have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982. 

 

Nick Spitzer: Grant Bulltail, a 2019 Heritage Fellow is a native of Crow Agency, Montana, and comes from a family of storytellers who held the history of the Apsáalooke people. Grant spoke of his path in storytelling and sustaining his family’s traditions. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Ethel Raim

May 24, 2019
Ethel Raim
American Routes

Ethel Raim is a singer and public folklorist from New York City who has documented ethnic music statewide. During the 1960s folk revival, Ethel sang in a number of Yiddish and Eastern European groups including the Pennywhistlers. In 1968 she co-founded the Center for Traditional Music and Dance to preserve and present the cultures of immigrant communities. Ethel’s love of music began at home in the Bronx.

Ofelia Esparza
American Routes

Every year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented Heritage Fellowships. It’s America’s highest award in folk and traditional arts. We’ll celebrate heritage in concert and conversation with Native American basket weaver Kelly Church, rodeo tailor Manuel Cuevas, and Day of the Dead altar maker Ofelia Esparza.

American Routes Shortcuts: Carol Fran

May 25, 2018
Carol Fran
Michael G. Stewart (NEA)

Carol Fran has had a long career as an entertainer on the nightclub circuit from South to Southwest. She’s worked the joints from Juarez to New Orleans, playing swamp pop and soul, jazz and country, along the way making records for the legendary Excello label.

Carol Fran: I was called the Sarah Vaughan of the Vieux Carré. The older gals didn’t like that, but they couldn’t do nothing about it.

Nick Spitzer: Bourbon Street from the ‘50s, huh? Who was in those clubs when you were there?

CF: Frogman Henry, Papa Celestin, Snookum Russell, Alma Lollipop.

American Routes Shortcuts: Carol Fran

Nov 24, 2017
Carol Fran
Michael G. Stewart (NEA)

Carol Fran has had a long career as an entertainer on the nightclub circuit from South to Southwest. She’s worked the joints from Juarez to New Orleans, playing swamp pop and soul, jazz and country, along the way making records for the legendary Excello label.

Carol Fran: I was called the Sarah Vaughan of the Vieux Carré. The older gals didn’t like that, but they couldn’t do nothing about it.

Nick Spitzer: Bourbon Street from the ‘50s, huh? Who was in those clubs when you were there?

CF: Frogman Henry, Papa Celestin, Snookum Russell, Alma Lollipop.