CTMD Co-Founder Ethel Raim Named 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow
June 20, 2018
CTMD is proud to announce that its Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Ethel Raim has been awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes artistic excellence and continuing contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage!
Ethel has been one of the leading pioneers in researching and presenting immigrant and ethnic music and dance traditions in the United States and has assisted thousands of immigrant artists to preserve and nurture the distinctive artistic voices of their communities. Out of this year’s fellowship cohort, Ethel is the sole recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes Award, which recognizes those who have made major contributions to the excellence, vitality, and public appreciation of folk and traditional arts.
The 2018 NEA Heritage Fellows will be honored in Washington, DC at an awards ceremony on September 26th, 2018 and at a free concert on September 28th, 2018. Watch the concert here:
A heartfelt congratulations to Ethel on this exciting new chapter in her life!
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) assists New York City’s immigrant communities to sustain their distinctive performing arts traditions and promotes cross-cultural understanding by sharing these art forms with audiences across the city.