2019 National Heritage Awards Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival

2019 National Heritage Awards Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival
September 28, 2019 11:00 AM

Reston Multicultural Festival
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(performances times vary)
Free • Open to the Public • Lake Anne Plaza


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Come to the annual Reston Multicultural Festival, where you will see some of these great artists and so much more.


This year's fellows:

(L)Michael and David Doucet

Michael and David Doucet

Michael Doucet (2005 NEA fellow) is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in the United States. Cajun is the shorthand name for the French settlers of southwest Louisiana who were expelled from the Acadian region of Canada in the 18th century. During the first half of the 20th century, both the language and music of French Louisiana seemed to be in decline. Doucet formed his own band, BeauSoleil, which is now recognized as the premiere traditional Cajun musical ensemble.

Michael will be performing with his brother David, a soulful singer and an exceptional guitarist credited with making the acoustic guitar central to modern Cajun music. Together, Michael and David Doucet pay homage to past Cajun masters with delightful stories of the musicians from whom they learned and with beautiful tunes performed with freshness, immediacy and unmatched virtuosity.

(L)Linda Gross

Linda Goss

From listening to tales at the feet of her Granddaddy Murphy and on the knee of her Uncle Buster, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Alcoa, Tennessee, Linda Goss has blazed a trail in the black storytelling tradition. She is called “Mama Linda” in honor of her mastery as a tradition bearer and premier contributor to the art of storytelling. 

Goss is the author of seven books, including co-editing Talk That Talk: An Anthology of African-American Storytelling. She has been awarded master/apprenticeship fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and twice received the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award. She also developed How We Got Over, a project of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture funded by Maryland Traditions to conduct interviews with Baltimore storytellers about their school experiences.