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Arts endowment honors 9 National Heritage Fellows

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Henry Gray and guest Carol Fran playing at the Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana on April 24, 2010. (Photo from Wikipedia) Henry Gray and guest Carol Fran playing at the Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana on April 24, 2010. (Photo from Wikipedia)

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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