Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored their 2019 National Heritage Fellows, including traditional artist Balla Kouyaté of Medford, MA.
A glimpse into a few of the folk arts traditions relating to the hunting, capturing, and celebration of fish and fowl that we presented as part of the 2019 Lowell Folk Festival.
From toy drums to today’s premiere steam-bent drums made from locally sourced hardwoods, a family owned company in the Berkshires has stayed in business using good old Yankee ingenuity for 165 years! I credit Tim Lloyd, former executive director of the American Folklore Society, for introducing me to Noble & Cooley Drum Manufacturing Company.
The nation’s leading scholars and advocates for folk and traditional arts have awarded Dr. Maggie Holtzberg of Newton their highest national honor for lifetime achievement in public folklore. Dr. Holtzberg was awarded the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize by the American Folklore Society (AFS) at its annual meeting last month in Buffalo, NY.