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2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

December 4, 2020

Dear Friend of the NCTA,

We know that 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges, opportunities, and needs within the communities the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) serves. For NCTA, we are proud of our ability to respond and regroup, which resulted in a first in our history—an entirely virtual year of programming that celebrated, honored, and amplified the work of traditional artists throughout the country.  

Since 1933, NCTA has celebrated diversity and tradition-based creativity in American society through programs that provide powerful, authentic cultural experiences—inspiring people to connect, to cultivate common ground, and to appreciate the richness and diversity of our nation’s complex culture.  Thank you for another year of supporting the oldest folk arts organization in the nation.  

As we look ahead to the conclusion of the year, and the challenges that lie ahead of how we will present our programs in 2021, we are confident that the mission of NCTA will endure through this most challenging time in the nation and worldwide.  For those supporters who are able, we hope you will consider a year-end contribution to keep the momentum we established in 2020 going, and to continue to strengthen the vibrant living cultural heritage of our country.

Looking back on this virtual season, the highlights of our efforts can be explored on the NCTA’s YouTube channel. These include:

Still to come is the celebration of the 2020 National Heritage Fellows in an online broadcast on March 4, 2021, at 8pm EST. Join the National Endowment for the Arts, NCTA, and supporters as we take a virtual trip across the country to visit this year’s Heritage Fellows in their homes and communities. More information about this celebration of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts will be available in early 2021 at arts.gov.

We invite you to make a year-end tax-deductible contribution today.  You can contribute easily online at https://ncta-usa.org/donate/.

Thank you for your support of NCTA and the folk and traditional arts.


Lora Bottinelli
George Holt
Executive Director
Chairman of the Board