Dickens To Be Honored With National Heritage Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts will present folk and bluegrass pioneer Hazel Dickens with a National Heritage Fellowship at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in late September. The 66-year-old singer-songwriter will be honored with a dozen others masters of the folk and traditional arts including folklorist Joe Wilson, thumbpicking-style guitarist Eddie Pennington and zydeco accordionist Boozoo Chavis, who died on May 5. “We honor these artists not only for the excellence of their work but also for their efforts to preserve our diverse cultural traditions for future generations,” NEA Chairman Bill Ivey said. “Through these valuable contributions, they remind us that America’s rich and varied cultural heritage is what makes us who we are as a nation.” The fellowships include a one-time award of $10,000 each. 07/10/01