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Joe Wilson

Chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), where he has worked since 1976. Founded in 1934, the NCTA is an arts presenting organization that created the first American folk festivals, and pioneered the national and international touring of grassroots artists.

He has produced 42 large-scale music festivals in 11 states, 21 national tours by musicians and dancers. 9 international tours that visited 33 nations, 131 LP and CD audio recordings of various forms of folk music, and has been involved in the production of 12 films.

His studies were at Lees McRae College, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alabama. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he resides in Maryland.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship in 2001, the highest honor the nation accords artists and workers in the traditional arts.


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