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Masters of Tradition: A Cultural Journey Across America

The U.S. is an artistically and culturally diverse country. Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awards National Heritage Fellowships to recognize individuals or groups in honor of their "excellence in the folk and traditional arts." From Navajo basket weavers to Appalachian raconteurs, the 400 individual and group fellows sustain cultural traditions, advocate for folk arts, and mentor other artists and community members. Now, through the efforts of NEA, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Esri (previously featured in the 10-04-2019 Scout Report), visitors can journey across this cultural landscape with the Masters of Tradition story map. On the map, users can click red circles to travel virtually to where these fellows are and to learn about their folk art, explore their backgrounds, and see photos of their work. For instance, visitors can click Ellsworth, Kansas, the home of Kepka Belton, 1988 fellow and Czech American egg decorator. Alternatively, users can scroll through fellows in the box at the right side of the page or use the search bar to explore fellows by name, place, tradition, culture group, or year. To learn about the story map project or the sponsoring organizations, visitors can click links in the bar at the top of the page.
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Date of Scout Publication
October 29th, 2021
Date Of Record Creation
October 22nd, 2021 at 11:16am
Date Of Record Release
October 25th, 2021 at 8:56am
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