Nominate a National Heritage Fellow!

heritage2016-collageDo you know of a master folk or traditional artist?  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is now accepting nominations for its 2018 National Heritage Fellowships. These fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. The awards are up to $25,000, and are received once in a lifetime. In 2016, three Native artists were honored by the NEA, among them two Native Arts and Cultures Fellows, Theresa Secord and Clarissa Rizal. The NEA and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation are making a special appeal for greater representation among Native artists, so please, submit your nominations!

  • To honor and preserve our nation’s diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards up to eight NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists.
  • Nominees must be worthy of national recognition and have a record of continuing artistic accomplishment. They must be actively participating in their art form, either as practitioners or as teachers.
  • A nominator may submit one or more nomination(s) in each round of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and no one may nominate him/herself.

In order to nominate an artist, you will need to write a Nomination Letter, and gather up to five additional letters of support for the artist.


Click here to download a sample nomination letter: nea-heritage-fellow-nomination-sample-letter
Click here for all information on how to Make a Nomination.

Deadline is August 3, 2017.

Good luck!