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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

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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, April 1, 2023. The NCTA and LNHP are presenting this National Treasures event in celebration of Cambodian Heritage Month.

The NCTA’s National Treasures: A Tour of Culture Bearers in National Parks program showcases some of the nation’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellows and collaborators—and illustrates their connections to signature places within the American landscape through the National Park Service. By connecting Fellows with historically and geographically significant national landmarks, National Treasures invites compelling new conversations and fresh narratives about American heritage and identity.

On Saturday, April 1, 2023, National Treasures will present 2015 National Heritage Fellow Yary Livan at the iconic Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. The event will showcase Yary’s work, a rare and beautiful display from this master Cambodian ceramicist, who has been sculpting and teaching in the United States for over two decades. As part of a larger celebration honoring Cambodian Heritage Month, the evening will feature performances by the Angkor Dance Troupe and the Wong Pleng Khmer Band, along with Yary, are beloved representatives of Lowell’s thriving Cambodian community. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 5:30-8:00pm ET at the visitor center of the Lowell National Historical Park, located at 246 Market Street. Translation and interpretive services will be provided by the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA). RSVP is required for program updates and planning purposes. Register at nationaltreasures@ncta-usa.org, and visit https://ncta-usa.org/nationaltreasures/ for more information.

This special program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, with interpretation services by the CMAA. Presented in partnership with the National Park Service, National Treasures is made possible through generous funding from the Sage Foundation. Learn more about this and upcoming National Treasures events at ncta-usa.org/nationaltreasures.

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)
A leading non-profit in the field, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the U.S. Stressing excellence and authenticity, it works in partnership with American communities to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits.

Since entering into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service in 1970, the NCTA has offered a wide range of programmatic assistance to over 50 NPS-administered sites in 36 states and U.S. territories. Its work has included planning new parks, conducting ethnographic studies, organizing crafts and museum exhibits, developing traditional music presentations, training park personnel in cultural presentation techniques, and assisting local non-profit groups with organizing cultural events in national parks. Learn more here.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. It cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. Learn more here.

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