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Preserving Folk Arts, The National Endowment for The Arts, Folk Arts Program

Folk arts are complex. In our apprenticeship program, every report tells us that there is far more to learn than the neophyte has expected. The great guitarists, lace-makers, and step-dancers make it look easy, but mastering the art and the essence of the style is a long-term job that requires a serious commitment.

Folk arts are culturally specific. In every one of our multi-cultural urban festivals, each ethnic or tribal group likes to demonstrate its own special aesthetic vision, its own particular artistic life. The single truly universal principle appears to be mutual appreciation. As one of our most honored grantees, the great Black ...

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