WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Endowment for the Arts has named nine new artists with National Heritage Fellowships, one of the highest honors for folk and traditional arts.
The fellowships announced Tuesday include $25,000 awards for each artist.
This year's fellows are: Sheila Kay Adams, a ballad singer and musician from Marshall, N.C.; Ralph Burns, a storyteller from the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe in Nevada; Veronica Castillo, a ceramics artist and clay sculptor from San Antonio, Texas; Seamus Connolly, an Irish fiddler from North Yarmouth, Maine; Nicolae Feraru, a cimbalom player from Chicago; Carol Fran, a swamp blues musician from Lafayette, La.; Pauline Hillaire, a tradition bearer from the Lummi tribe in Bellingham, Wash.; David Ivey, a sacred harp singer from Huntsville, Ala.; and Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez, a Chicano musician from San Diego.
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