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Jackson, Mississippi, to Host the National Folk Festival, 2025 Through 2027

The nation’s longest-running traditional arts event is coming to downtown Jackson. Jackson, MS — The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is excited to announce that Jackson has been named the official 2025-2027 National Folk Festival Host City. Jackson was among 42 cities nationwide that competed for the honor of hosting the nation’s preeminent traveling celebration of traditional arts …

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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 Road to The Barns at Wolf Trap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Crooked Road—southwest Virginia’s “heritage music trail.” Also this …

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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 role in the health of American communities. Just shy of half a million people attended NCTA-affiliated events in 2023! Explore highlights from our year …

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2024 NEA National Heritage Fellows

Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today this year’s NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Every year since 1982, the NEA has presented this lifetime honor in recognition of individuals whose dedication and artistry contribute to the preservation and growth of the diverse cultural traditions that comprise …

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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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