On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, presented “The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.” Join storyteller Queen Nur as she hosts a virtual trip across the country, taking viewers into the homes and communities where the 2020 National Heritage Fellows live and create. The pre-recorded virtual presentation will be webcast free to the public at arts.gov. No RSVP needed. More information and the event trailer are available at arts.gov/honors/heritage.
Two of Wisconsin's finest traditional artists, Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Iroquois Raised Beadworker from Stevens Point, and Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe), Birchbark Canoe Builder from Waaswaaganing (Lac du Flambeau) are among only nine recipients of the annual award. These lifetime honor awards are given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. The National Heritage Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on traditional artists. Additional information about Wisconsin's 2020 National Heritage Award Fellows is available here.