It was a wonderful and moving evening -- Jean's singing was a special highlight, as were performances by many other musicians and presentations of the work of some phenomenal craftspeople. It is always my favorite folk arts event of the year because it recognizes not only the artistic achievements of the honorees, but also the role of their art in the context of community -- their dedication to sharing what they know with others and being the keepers of traditional wisdom and the tradition-bearers for us all.
Remember that the National Heritage Fellowships are unusual among grant programs. Any person can nominate a musician, storyteller, or craftsperson who exemplifies the award's purpose. The deadline for nominations for the 2003 awards is in October. Nomination guidelines are at nomination guidelines