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National Council for the Traditional Arts Announces New Executive Director

December 5, 2023 SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND – The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Blaine Waide has been selected as the organization’s new executive director. Waide joined the NCTA staff in 2013, starting as a member of the programming team and rising to a senior leadership position in 2018. Waide succeeds …

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Fall Programming Updates

Fall is an exciting time for the NCTA! September is all things National Heritage Fellows—on September 23, find us at the Reston Multicultural Festival, where we have facilitated the involvement of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) National Heritage Fellows for the past decade. This year’s program includes Wayne Henderson (1995), Roen Hufford (2023), Tsering Wangmo of Chaksam-pa (2022), …

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Transitions and Updates

After an accomplished five-year tenure as Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Lora Bottinelli has decided to pursue new professional opportunities in the arts and community engagement. George Holt, chairman of the NCTA board offered this praise: “Lora brought exceptional leadership skills to the organization. She adeptly navigated the organization through the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic …

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National Folk Festival Host City—The Search is On!

National Council for the Traditional Arts Announces Nationwide Search for the Next National Folk Festival Host City RFP review begins on August 1; RSVP for informational webinars to learn more Silver Spring, MD (April 25, 2023) – The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) introduced the National Folk Festival to Lowell, Massachusetts in 1987, for three years for celebrating …

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Join NCTA in Celebrating 90 Years!

Throughout 2023 the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is commemorating its 90th anniversary—and we are thrilled to announce 90 Years, a campaign that celebrates the NCTA and its contributions to the nation for the past nine decades. We ask that you join us in marking this achievement, and supporting our work in future decades, through this special 90 …

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2023 Season Announcements

The NCTA and our various partners are thrilled to share a first glimpse of our 2023 season with you—a look ahead at the year in traditional arts! We are excited to return once again this summer and fall to our thriving legacy festival communities in Montana, Massachusetts, and Virginia. In September, National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) National Heritage Fellows …

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National Treasures comes to Massachusetts this April

Announcing a special evening honoring National Heritage Fellow Yary Livan at Lowell National Historical Park MEDIA RELEASE DATE: Feb 16, 2023 CONTACT: nationaltreasures@ncta-usa.org SILVER SPRING, MD – The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is pleased to announce a special evening program honoring 2015 National Heritage Fellow and ceramicist Yary Livan at Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) on Saturday, …

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NCTA 2022 Annual Report

2022 was a time of celebration and success as the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) marked a return to a full programming schedule since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for another year of supporting the oldest folk arts organization in the nation. This year marks the 90th birthday of NCTA! Our founder Sarah Gertrude Knott …

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National Treasures comes to Louisiana this March

Announcing National Heritage Fellows from Louisiana Across Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve MEDIA RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2023 CONTACT: nationaltreasures@ncta-usa.org SILVER SPRING, MD – The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is proud to announce National Heritage Fellows from Louisiana Across Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve, to take place March 7-11, 2023. This series is part of …

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