Masters of Traditional Arts

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things


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To celebrate the acheivements of National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning artists, artisans and musicians, Documentary Arts, Inc. and WGBH Radio Boston proudly present a collage of new five-minute vignettes featuring 52 ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Embark on a journey through America's bustling city streets and sprawling countryside with innovators dedicated to preserving time-honored traditions. Focusing on the National Heritage Fellowship award bestowed for the past 20 years by the National Endowment for the Arts, Masters of Traditional Music honors individuals whose vastly diverse talents are anchored in shared ways of life - ethnic heritage, religion, occupation and other beliefs that bond us together as a nation. Each five-minute piece offers insight into the unique history and talent of the artist, combining sounds and music with the artist's narrative voice.