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, which will be streamed live at arts.gov.
A heartfelt congratulations to Ethel on this exciting new chapter in her life!