|The 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Back row, from left to right: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Bulgarian saxophonist Yuri Yunakov; frame drum player Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro; taiko drum leader Roy Hirabayashi; ukulele and slack key guitarist Ledward Kaapana; Bo Dollis Jr., son of Mardi Gras Indian Chief Bo Dollis who was unable to attend the ceremony; folklorist Jim Griffith; and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey. Front row, from left to right: Piedmont blues songster Warner Williams; taiko drum leader PJ Hirabayashi; quilter Laverne Brackens; and Old Regular Baptist Singer Frank Newsome|
|Laverne Brackens and Mr. Rocco Landesman, NEA Chairman.|
2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony—Photos by Tom Pich
Interview by Josephine Reed for the NEA
September 21, 2011
Edited by Neena Narayanan and Liz Stark
|Laverne Brackens addresses the audience of National Heritage Fellows and their families and friends.
|Laverne Brackens signs the Librarian of Congress's guest book which |
has been signed by visiting scholars, artists, heads of state, and
Nobel Prize recipients for many years.
Concert emcee and host of public radio's American Routes Nick Spitzer
interviews Laverne Brackens about her improvisational quilt making.
2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert—Photos by Michael G. Stewart
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