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NCTA 2021 Season Summary

The year 2021 has been a time of transformation, resilience, and celebration for the National Council for the Traditional Arts and our partners. Thank you for another year of supporting the oldest folk arts organization in the nation. Read more here. Read More »

NCTA & National Park Service Premiere “Abundance”

November 5, 2021 New Orleans, La. – Today the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the National Park Service, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve released a new episode in an ongoing collaborative documentary series featuring Louisiana lifeways. This series of short documentary films follows Cajun musicians and cultural advocates Joel Savoy and Jo Vidrine as they journey ... Read More »

2021 National Heritage Fellows Celebrated in Film Debut of The Culture of America

Actor Jimmy Smits Hosts the Virtual Event on November 17 on arts.gov Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, will present The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET. Emmy Award-winning ... Read More »

New NPS/NCTA Collaboration: Pleneando en el Castillo San Cristóbal

a group of four men stand in front a sign with percussion instruments on the ground in front of them

San Juan, PR – Today the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the National Park Service, and La Casa de la Plena, announce a historic new collaborative and free public performance project, Pleneando en el Castillo San Cristóbal. This new series of interactive and family friendly workshops and performances feature Plena, a Puerto Rican heritage expression, rooted in oral ... Read More »

The Search Begins for the National Folk Festival’s Next Host City 2023-2025

  Imagine transforming your city into a vibrant celebration of music, dance and art from across America that can bring 100,000 event goers and generate tens of millions in economic impact.   For three years beginning in 2023, the nation’s longest running traditional arts event—the National Folk Festival—can take root in the heart of your community. See your city streets flourish ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Returns in Salisbury in 2022!

Did you hear the news? 81st National Folk Festival in Salisbury for 2022! In a surprise announcement during the kickoff of the 80th National Folk Festival, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and the City of Salisbury announced plans for the National Folk Festival to continue its tenure in Salisbury, Maryland, for another year. The nationally celebrated event, ... Read More »

80th National Folk Festival Commemorative Acadian Accordion Auction

80th National Folk Festival Commemorative Acadian Accordion Auction This Acadian accordion was custom built by Marc Savoy and his son Joel in support of the 80th National Folk Festival. Sixty-five years of playing the Cajun accordion, together with fifty-eight years of building these instruments, is the reason for the special sound and feel of this beautiful Acadian accordion. Built in ... Read More »

Another Six Artists Announced for 80th National Folk Festival

SALISBURY, MD – Today festival organizers announced another six performers who will be featured at the 80th National Folk Festival. The festival returns to Salisbury September 10-12, 2021, with performances, special family and Maryland folklife programming, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more—all presented free to the public on outdoor stages located in the heart of the city’s recently revitalized ... Read More »

2021 NEA National Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2021 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 »

Together again! First Six Artists Announced for 80th National Folk Festival

SALISBURY, MD (May 18, 2021) – The first six performers have been announced for the 80th National Folk Festival. The festival returns to Downtown Salisbury September 10-12, 2021, with performances, special family and Maryland folklife programming, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more—all presented free to the public on three outdoor stages. This year’s event will mark the celebration of ... Read More »