• Founded in 1933, the NCTA is the oldest folk arts organization in the nation.

  • The NCTA is dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States.

  • NCTA’s dynamic programs celebrate the richness of America’s diverse, living heritage.

  • NCTA partners with communities to build sustainable cultural events that deliver lasting social, cultural and economic benefits.

  • The acclaimed National Folk Festival is the nation’s longest-running multicultural celebration of traditional arts.

  • NCTA presents grassroots artists of the highest caliber in festivals, tours, exhibitions, media productions, and other activities.

  • NCTA is committed to presenting those arts that collectively define us as a people, that represent continuity from the past to the present and into the future.

  • The NCTA Collection has been called “one of the major cornerstones of 20th century American folk music 
documentation.”

  • NCTA Spring Updates

    Festivals & Events In March, we return to Wolf Trap for the first time in several decades, with an evening that spotlights some of southwest Virginia’s best old-time musicians. We are excited to bring Music from the Crooked …

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  • 2023 Annual Report

    In 2023, the NCTA celebrated our 90th anniversary. We are proud that our commitment to celebrating traditional arts remains steadfast. These are the vibrant, varied, living treasures of the American people, and they play a central …

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  • NCTA Radio: “Gospel Ship”

    NCTA Radio streams a series of thematic programs that feature music from the NCTA Collection. “Gospel Ship” is one of these programs, which were produced over a 10-year period by Mark Yacovone for WDUQ-FM, and narrated …

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