National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows NEA National Heritage Fellows to be Honored in Washington, DC September 18 & 20, 2019

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation is PROUD to share this recognition of Rich Smoker with our followers:
It is with great humility that I share this great news with friends and family. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the years. 
I especially want to thank Chad Buterbaugh (MD Traditional Arts & MD State Arts Council), the Ward Foundation of Wildfowl Arts and The National Endowments of the Arts for the opportunities I have been provided.

Please visit the NEA website for the official announcement and information on all the talented and dedicated artists being awarded this year.

Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.

2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows: (clockwise from top left) Dan Ansotegui (photo by Gregg Mizuta), Grant Bulltail (photo by Gary Wortman, EveryMan Productions LLC), Bob Fulcher (photo by Sarah Terpstra Hanson), Linda Goss (photo by Edwin Remsberg), James F. Jackson (photo by Adam Jahiel), Las Tesoros de San Antonio—(l-r) Blanquita “Blanca Rosa” Rodríguez and Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas (photo courtesy of Esperanza Peace & Justice Center), Rich Smoker (photo by Edwin Remsberg), Josephine Lobato (photo by Carol S. Dass), and Balla Kouyaté (photo by Brendan Mercure Photography).
June 18, 2019
Washington, DC—Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano singing, Basque music, and balafon playing; Spanish colcha embroidery, decoy carving, and leatherworking, as well as storytelling. Each fellowship includes an award of $25,000 and the recipients will be honored at two public events on September 18 and 20, 2019 in Washington, DC.
The 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:
Dan Ansotegui, Basque musician and tradition bearer from Boise, Idaho
Grant Bulltail, Crow storyteller from Crow Agency, Montana
Linda Goss, African-American storyteller from Baltimore, Maryland
James F. Jackson, leatherworker from Sheridan, Wyoming
Balla Kouyaté, balafon player and djeli from Medford, Massachusetts
Josephine Lobato, Spanish colcha embroiderer from Westminster, Colorado
Rich Smoker, decoy carver from Marion Station, Maryland
Las Tesoros de San Antonio—Beatriz (La Paloma del Norte) Llamas and Blanquita (Blanca Rosa) Rodríguez, Tejano singers from San Antonio, Texas
Bob Fulcher, folklorist and state park manager from Clinton, Tennessee
Fulcher is the recipient of the 2019 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.”
2019 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Events

The National Endowment for the Arts will collaborate with the National Council for the Traditional Arts on two events in celebration of the National Heritage Fellows, both of which are free and open to the public to attend:
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F Street NW in Washington, DC on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also be webcast live at More concert details and ticket information will be available later this summer.
About the NEA National Heritage Fellowships

The National Heritage Fellowships are:
(1 )the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts – and –
(2)recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to the country’s traditional arts heritage.
Including the 2019 class, the Arts Endowment has awarded 440 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, recognizing artists working in more than 200 distinct art forms, including bluesman B.B. King, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, cowboy poet Wally McRae, Kathak dancer and choreographer Chitresh Das, and gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples. More information about the NEA National Heritage Fellows is available on the NEA’s website.
Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in the folk and traditional arts.
The panel’s recommendations are reviewed by the National Council on the Arts, which sends its recommendations to the Arts Endowment chairman, who makes the final decision.
The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2020 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows is July 30, 2019. Visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for more information and to submit a nomination.
About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
Visit to learn more.

Rich Smoker to Teach Decoy Carving Class in Crisfield at the Crisfield Heritage Museum in February 2019

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that they are hosting a week of instruction in Decoy Carving with Award-Winning Carver, Rich Smoker.
This class will be held at the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, the Tawes Museum in Crisfield, MD. FEBRUARY 3rd – 8th

Students arrive from all around this country, with dedicated carvers from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, to beginners as close as Dorchester County, MD. ALL are welcome. 
Rich Smoker’s fun and interactive manner of teaching makes it possible for everyone to stay on task and take home their decoy, completed and ready to brag about.

What is Included:
Our program is all-inclusive. From expert carving hands-on instruction to lodging, all meals and gratuities — we handle all the details and costs incurred during our programs
What kind of accommodations are provided: 
Lodging at Somers Cove Motel overlooking Somerset County’s Largest Bird Sanctuary

All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom.
Free WiFi in all rooms.
The rooms have a seating area, air conditioning, and provide a desk and a coffee machine. 
A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.

5 nights of accommodations at Somers Cover Motel
15 Meals (5B, 4L, 5D)
Featuring Award Winning & Renowned Decoy Carver Rich Smoker
5 Day workshop with Rich Smoker, creating and completing your carving
Cancellation Assurance:
(If you have to cancel, they can attend another time. No Added fees for cancellation, 
A credit issued towards your future attendance)
Customary Gratuities and Taxes during the week
** Transportation from Salisbury Airport to Crisfield

$849 Tuition per person $1099 for Single Room
w/No room, Breakfast or Dinner – Lunch is Included $500
Next – after enrollment:
After you enroll, we’ll email you an informational enrollment packet. Included will be information about your chosen program, your accommodations and payment information.
You will also receive an email from our CHF Program Admin, welcoming you and assuring that you have all of the travel and contact information that you will need.