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Survey of needs of small museums released by MAAA 0 L. Cashman Mid-America Arts Alliance gathered data over several years and several states, using surveys, site visits and interviews, from more than 800 small museums to uncover their principal needs and improvement preferences; the results of this research project are available at Hidden Assets; Research on Small Museums: Recognizing the vibrant role of museums in our society, Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional arts organization supporting arts and culture in the six states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, conducted a first-ever, comprehensive study of museum training needs and demographics across our region. This research confirms what was already suspected: small and rural museums face daunting challenges in fulfilling their public promises to preserve and educate, but without training in basic organizational survival, their collections and educational purposes are at risk.   This report features some of the highlights of our longterm study (complete, state-specific studies can be found online at Mid-America Arts Alliance thanks the Institute of Museum and Library Services, our state arts agencies, and foundations that made this study possible. It is through their generous support, assistance and encouragement that this research now brings to light the most acute needs facing small museums, our nation’s "hidden assets.” An overview of the research in the region, with links to a downloadable condensed report (Hidden Assets: Research on Small Museums (brochure download), as well as to the complete report, may be found at
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive offers online access to researchers 0 L. Cashman From the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive website at Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive was established in 2002 as a repository of sound recordings for researchers and students. Please note, it is not a free music download site. If you are not a student at Dartmouth College or at Hebrew College, you will need to register and demonstrate a legitimate scholarly or research purpose. User accounts are good for 6 months and can be renewed if needed. In our site you will find:Web-based access to Jewish recordings that are not commercially available.Related, searchable information that can aid in the study of Jewish music and culture, Jewish society, and the history of Jewish recordings.You will find here a rich array of recordings, some of them rare, dating back as far as 1904. Our database includes sound files, graphics of record covers and labels, and details of the recordings and their contents.Among the materials that you can browse and search are:Jewish humor in many languagesYiddish folk songsYiddish theaterLadino songsIsraeli folk songsChassidic nigunimCantorial performancesReligious servicesChildren's holiday storiesClassical music by Jewish composers or performersHistorical RecordingsRadio shows and documentaries... and other material that defies classification.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Indian Record Label Hits the Road to Save Traditional Music" 0 L. Cashman  "A label called Amarrass Records, founded in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is dedicated to exposing and preserving indigenous folk music before it disappears." See Michael Sullivan, "Indian Record Label Hits The Road To Save Traditional Music," The Record, NPR Music (April 14, 2012). Article with audio.
by L. Cashman
Monday, April 16, 2012 Launches New Website 0 R. Vanscoyoc, a collaborative transnational documentation and interpretation project focused on cultural heritage and arts in China, is excited to announce that they have successfully launched their redesigned web site. Integrating the interactive potential of Web 2.0 technologies and social media, the site seeks to encourage participation and feedback from scholars, artists, teachers, students, and general visitors alike. Please navigate to in order to explore the content, utilize materials in teaching, or participate in a number of other ways. Click on the "Join Us" button at the top of the screen to create your account, and watch the site often for new content from recent (and upcoming) field work trips!
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"Art and Democracy: The NEA, Kickstarter, and Creativity in America" 0 R. Vanscoyoc Click here to read this article by David Ian Moss, which discusses the direction of arts funding and policy in the US.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
New Publication Announced: A Companion to Folklore 0 R. Vanscoyoc A Companion to Folklore. Edited by Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem.Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. A Companion to Folklore contains an original and comprehensive set of essays from international experts in the field of folklore studies. This state-of-the-art collection uniquely displays the vitality of folklore research across the globe. The Companion covers four main areas: the first section engages with the practices and theoretical approaches developed to understand the phenomena of folklore; the second discusses the distinctive shapes that folklore studies have taken in different locations in time and space; the third examines the interaction of folklore with various media, as well as folklore’s commodification. In the final section on practice, essays offer insights into how folklorists work, what they do, and ways in which they have institutionalized their field. Throughout, contributors investigate the interplay of folklore and folkloristics in both academic and political arenas; they evaluate key issues in the folk life of communities from around the world, including China, post-communist Russia, post-colonial India, South America, Israel and Japan. The result is a unique reflection and understanding of the profoundly different research histories and current perspectives on international research in the field. For preview, table of contents, and order Information:
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, April 06, 2012
Music History Project on the West Virginia Mine Wars 0 S. Lynch-Thomason Blair Pathways is a music history project created to produce a CD that tells the story of the West Virginia mine wars for present generations. The West Virginia mine wars (1900-1921) were some of the largest and most ferocious battles fought for union rights and dignified conditions in U.S. labor history. These wars culminated in a 10,000 person march and battle on Blair Mountain, West Virginia in 1921. Now, just past the 90th anniversary of the Battle, Blair Mountain is in danger of mountain-top removal mining by Arch and Alpha Coal. Last summer I participated in a week-long march on Blair to bring attention to its endangerment and came to feel this was a critical moment to tell West Virginia's story through music. Blair Pathway's music is sourced from the United Mine Workers Journal, coal field balladeers and workers, regional hymn books and other radical newspapers of the time. We aim to reflect the incredible diversity of the people who mined West Virginia as we tell this critical story of labor struggle. The topics and stories in these songs and instrumentals will coalesce to illustrate the themes of the West Virginia Mine Wars. Contemporary musicians are in the process of recording these songs for the CD, which will be accompanied by a map and a written narrative to help the listener through this musical journey. In addition, educators and students will have access to lesson plans via several websites in order to further explore this challenging and incredible part of American history.The project is still in need of funds to finish recording and publishing. Please consider donating some amount (small or large) for this effort.You can view the Kickstarter page and Video by going to and searching for "Blair Pathways"Our website has music archives, blog posts and more:
by S. Lynch-Thomason
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
City Lore Launches New Website 0 R. Vanscoyoc City Lore is pleased to share with you its newly imagined Check out the new calendar of events which includes not only City Lore happenings, but New York City's array of ethnic celebrations, and an insider's take on the best things happening in the city under the radar. Enjoy the Urban Traditions slideshow at the bottom of the home page for a folklorist's view of the city's rich cultural traditions. Watch videos of the best education, grassroots poetry, and urban folklore programs highlighting artists who will knock your socks off. Many thanks to Paco Levine and Beth Higgins for their creative direction, New York City artist and diehard New Yorker Elaine Norman for the beautiful backdrop, and Martha Cooper for many of the photographs.City Lore Staff
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Community Works Journal Online Magazine free to educators 0 L. Cashman From Community Works email: Resources and Opportunities for K-16 and Community Educators"DISCOVER Community Works Journal Online Magazine, available to educators at no cost. You will find a wealth of innovative ideas, information, and resources in the Journal, through the writing and reflections of our K-16 educator contributors. Around the World, the ideals of service-learning, education for sustainability, and place based education resonate through the articles and essays featured in Community Works Journal. view current edition. Community Works Institute (CWI) is a non profit educational organization dedicated to supporting educators in creating curriculum with place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. learn more”
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
Alan Lomax collection on Stephen Colbert 0 L. Cashman Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, and Don Fleming of the Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity discuss Lomax's contributions with Stephen Colbert. Also, some singing: For a discussion of the discussion see:
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
Vermont Folkife Center's "Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide" 0 L. Cashman The Vermont Folkife Center's "Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide" offers an overview of digital audio field recording technology, as well as links to further resources. url:
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Retrospective Methods Network (RMN) Newsletter 0 R. Vanscoyoc RMN Newsletter is an open access bi-annual publication of Folklore Studies/Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (ISSN 1799-4497), appearing in December and May of each year. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please find the latest issue of RMN Newsletter available at 
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Australian Folklore Network Blog Created 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Australian Folklore Network's e-newsletter "Transmissions" has ceased publication after 37 issues. In its place, a blog has been created at . The blog features information about the AFN, news, queries, comments and links.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Old color photos:, Russia & USA (Farm Security Administration) 0 J. Lund Sergey Prokutin-Gorsky, early 1900s:, 1939-41: have ethnographic content.
by J. Lund
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Award-winning short films about Tennessee folk artists 0 R. Cogswell Filmmaker Stewart Copeland's latest project, "Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds," was recent winner in the Best Mini Doc category at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana. The subject of Copeland's 11-minute film is folk artist Roger Smith of Culleoka, TN, who has distinguished himself as a carver of peach seed figures. For more on the film, see, and on the award, see Copeland was previously awarded the 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship in Media by the Tennessee Arts Commission. "Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds" is his second film profile of an artist included in "Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies," the TAC Folklife Program's book and touring photography exhibit that highlights traditional artists and art forms across the state. His earlier 30-minute film, "Let Your Feet Do the Talking," treated Murfreesboro buckdancer Thomas Maupin. For more on that, see
by R. Cogswell
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ChinaVine website offers interactive education about Chinese heritage 0 L. Cashman Thanks to Paddy Bowman for pointing out:"Kristin Congdon and Doug Blandy have been leading a team through redesign of for two years and the new site is now online with social media options, lots of cool stuff."From the site's mission statement:ChinaVine's mission is to educate English-speaking/reading children, youth, and adults about China's cultural heritage. This mission is achieved through this interactive website along with a variety of social media platforms. We combined "Vine" with China because of the fluid, ever changing and winding ways of culture. You are invited to join with us in contributing to our mission, interacting with us through the website, and following our interpretation of China's cultural heritage.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
International Society for Contemporary Legend Research has a Facebook group 0 L. Cashman The new Facebook home for the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research:
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Inquisitive Eater, an edited website 0 L. Cashman The Inquisitive Eater, the web space created by the New School Writing Program and Food studies program, is newly launched. Submissions welcome.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Southern Spaces 0 P. Bowman I subscribe to the Emory University e-journal Southern Spaces, which frequently runs articles of interest to folklorists. This month there are two that some members may want to read:  A Conversation with Digital Historians  Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond  Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas  Scott Nesbit, University of RichmondIn this edited interview conducted on December 8, 2011 with members of the Southern Spaces editorial staff, digital historians Robert K. Nelson, Andrew J. Torget, and Scott Nesbit discuss their training, experience, past and current projects, and the broader field of digital humanities. The interview participants reflect on potential tools for historians, the role of collaboration, and the public focus of digital scholarship.   Unhappy Trails in the Big Easy: Public Spaces and a Square Called Congo  Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane UniversityLawrence N. Powell reviews two books about public space and the landscape of New Orleans./Tremé:  Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood/. By Michael E. Crutcher, Jr. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2010)Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans. By Lake Douglas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011) Paddy Bowman
by P. Bowman
Friday, February 17, 2012
Northwest Folklife's Northwest Stories Videos 0 D. Fant For the past year, Northwest Folklife has been working on a series of short videos that document some of the amazing communities we work with. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and beautiful video work by Doug Plummer, we've produced eight videos that give you a sense of the vibrant Pacific Northwest. Six are now up on our Northwest Stories page, and two are yet to come. Please give a look and enjoy!
by D. Fant
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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