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2020 National Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. The annual celebration of the new class of National Heritage Fellows will ... Read More »

Important Update from the National Folk Festival

A joint statement from Mayor Jake Day, City of Salisbury, and Lora Bottinelli, executive director, National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) The National Folk Festival is an event that fosters the well-being of community through vibrant cultural exchange and the joyous gathering of tens of thousands of people from across the country in celebration of the richness of American ... Read More »

2019 National Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano singing, Basque music, and balafon playing; Spanish colcha embroidery, decoy carving, and leatherworking, as well as storytelling. Each fellowship ... Read More »

News for the 15th Anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival Announces Compilation Album    The Richmond Folk Festival has announced the release of the first single from a special compilation album celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival. The record, titled All Together Now: 15 Years of the Richmond Folk Festival Live includes select tracks recorded live over the years since the National Folk Festival ... Read More »

Final Round of Performers Announced for 79th National Folk Festival

Final Round of Performers Announced for 79th National Folk Festival Salisbury, Md. (July 23, 2019) – The National Folk Festival has released the final group of performers who will be among those featured at this year’s festival, which will take place September 6 – 8 in downtown Salisbury. In 2019, the 79th National Folk Festival returns for the second year of the event’s ... Read More »

79th National Folk Festival Reveals First Eight Performers

SALISBURY, MD (February 27, 2019) – The National Folk Festival revealed today the first eight performers who will be featured in the 79th National Folk Festival, which will take place in downtown Salisbury, September 6 – 8, 2019. This will be the second year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury. On hand at the announcement were government leaders and planners ... Read More »

NCTA Announces Selection of New Executive Director

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND. The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lora Bottinelli has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.  Bottinelli is a skilled and experienced arts leader, administrator, fundraiser and folklorist who comes to the NCTA following a 16-year career at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, ... Read More »

78th National Folk Festival Draws 63,000 Attendees to Downtown Salisbury

SILVER SPRING, MD—The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, and National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare are excited to announce that attendance estimates have been tallied: the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland, drew approximately 63,000 attendees in its inaugural year. “It’s an unequivocal success,” said Mayor Jake Day. “We expected to draw record ... Read More »