Documentary Arts requests funds to produce the radio series, Masters of Traditional Arts to be presented for national broadcast by WGBH Radio Boston in Fall, 2000. The series will consist of 52, five minute, highly produced short-form features that explore the complexity of American life, culture, and society through the spoken words and community-based sounds of folk artists across the country. The subject of each feature will be recipients of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982 and representing the culturally diverse traditions of music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts. While this radio series builds on the Masters of Traditional Music series broadcast in 1992-93, none of the features will duplicate earlier work. The new series will focus on Heritage fellows who have not previously been featured in the radio series. WGBH Radio, Boston will re-feed the Masters of Traditional Arts series for national broadcast in January, 2001, and will present the series again in the Fall, 2001 to coincide with the 20th year of the Heritage Fellowship Ceremonies. For this broadcast in 2001, the Masters of Traditional Arts series will be re-edited to provide a full 20 year retrospective of the Heritage Fellowship Program.