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Smithsonian "Will to Adorn" Initiative Online Conference
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Smithsonian "Will to Adorn" Initiative Online Conference


When: 12/11/2013

Free online conference series featuring the Smithsonian's "Will to Adorn" Initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 1PM–5:30PM, ET. Diana Baird N'Diaye & Sally Van de Water of the Smithsonian will introduce the multi-year, collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project.

Through the work and perspectives of museum, academic, and community scholars, as well as community-based cultural practitioners, including artisans and designers from across the nation, this project explores the diversity of African American identities as expressed through the cultural aesthetics and traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment.

Five case studies from around the country will highlight the variety of ways classrooms, after-schools programs and community groups are implementing ethnographic research with students in creative and engaging formats.

To learn more and to register, please visit

Though intended for a classroom and educator audience, all are welcome to join the discussion!


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