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NCTA Chairman, Joe Wilson, Passes Away

It is with deep sadness we announce that Joseph T. Wilson, Chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. While Joe had been ill for a very long time, this news still comes as a shock. Joe was Executive Director of the NCTA for 28 years (1976 to 2004), a larger-than-life figure ... Read More »

ArtsGreensboro Appoints Local Director for The National Folk Festival

After an extensive nationwide search, ArtsGreensboro has appointed seasoned festival administrator Amy Grossmann as the Local Director for the National Folk Festival, President and CEO Thomas Philion announced today. Working out of ArtsGreensboro’s offices in the Cultural Center, Grossmann will begin her work on January 2, 2015. In this role, Grossmann will work directly for ArtsGreensboro and in close cooperation ... Read More »

“Three Bells” nominated for GRAMMY

The NCTA was proud to support Three Bells, a recording of three generations of dobro masters, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, and their mentor, the late Mike Auldridge.  Three Bells garnered a 2014 GRAMMY award nomination for Best Folk Album. Auldridge, who passed away in December 2012 shortly after the recording sessions were completed, was a Washington D.C. area native and ... Read More »

Dates Announced for the 2015 National Folk Festival

The “National” will celebrate its 75th anniversary in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, September 11 – 13, 2015 August 25, 2014 —The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and ArtsGreensboro announced today that the 75th National Folk Festival will take place September 11 – 13, 2015, in the heart of downtown Greensboro, marking the first of the festival’s three-year residency ... Read More »

Greensboro, North Carolina, Chosen As National Folk Festival Host City, 2015 – 2017

For 80 years, the National Folk Festival has provided a way for people to embrace the dazzling array of cultural traditions that define our nation.  It celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft, storytelling, food and more.  To date, this free-to-the-public “moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts” has been held in 27 ... Read More »

We’ve Moved

After 24 years in our Silver Spring office on Fenwick Lane, the NCTA has moved – one block.  Our new address is 8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 450.  Situated between Cameron and Spring Streets, the new office is an easy walk from the Silver Spring Metro station. Read More »

Treasures From the NCTA Collection

We invite you to explore our new website, which allows us to share the riches of the NCTA’s extraordinary audio and video collection of original live recordings. Documenting many decades of NCTA events, these precious recordings capture thousands of unique and exciting musical moments, interviews and cultural conversations.  Changing features will offer a sampling of treasures from the NCTA Collection ... Read More »