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The Florida Folklore Society to Host 2016 Annual Meeting 0 S. Larson The Florida Folklore Society will have its annual meeting in Sarasota from May 20th – 22nd, 2016. In addition to a business meeting, the Society has a variety of exciting activities planned for the weekend in beautiful Sarasota. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to check out local fishing villages, explore Amish culture and cuisine, and visit Sarasota’s celebrated museums and gardens. The highlight of the weekend will be a special presentation by world-renowned circus aerialist and 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Dolly Jacobs at the Circus Arts Conservatory! If you’d like information on hotel reservations or would like to be added to the email list for updates, please contact Vanessa Navarro at 
by S. Larson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
North Carolina Folklore Society Annual Meeting 0 S. Larson Join the North Carolina Folklore Society in Collowhee, NC, on October 9 and 10, 2015, for their 102nd annual gathering. Friday kicks off the weekend with self-led tours, a welcome reception, live music by the Junior Appalachian Musicians, and storytelling by Gary Carden. Saturday includes exhibitions, presentations, and an annual awards ceremony ( This is an accessible event--come for all of it, or for just an afternoon. Parts of the weekend are free, or you can attend Saturday for $5 ($20 includes lunch). The NC Folklore Society was founded in 1913, with the mission to support and celebrate state heritage and cultural workers and makers. The Society comes together at locations across the state once a year to learn, meet one another, and engage with different regions. For more information, visit Tickets may be purchased online at
by S. Larson
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
"Documenting Culture in the Twenty-First Century" at the AFC 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Documenting Culture in the Twenty-First Century American Folklife Center June 4, 2015, 1:30–6:30 Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress Documenting and archiving traditional culture today involves working with technologies, methodologies, ethical challenges, and creative possibilities that were undreamed of when Alan Lomax and other early collectors went into the field. Those earlier generations used recording equipment and theoretical approaches that were state-of-the-art at the time, but a lot has changed. This symposium presents a sampler of innovative contemporary approaches to fieldwork. Some of them are directly related to more traditional methods of ethnographic documentation, archiving, and presentation, while others are a little further afield. Speakers will consider how evolving approaches to ethics, social justice, ownership rights, and privacy are affecting the acquisition, stewardship, and sharing of materials at repositories like the Library of Congress. They will also explore how such approaches are creating other, newer opportunities for archiving and sharing cultural resources. This event is free and open to the public. For schedule and list of participants, visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
American Folklife Center Presents 2015 Botkin Lecture Series 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Visit for more information on the 2015 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. Upcoming events include an open mic with Israeli/Palestinian singer-songwriters David Broza and Mira Awad on February 25, and Nathan Salsburg's lecture on Alan Lomax as producer and promoter on March 11.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, February 26, 2015
1/16/-3/13/15, Nashville: Roby Cogswell exhibit of 30 years of TN Folklife 0 L. Cashman At his retirement, Cogswell left a legacy of 22,000 photographs. From Jan. 16 through March 13 the Tennessee Arts Commission will exhibit a sampling of these images in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, 401 Charlotte Ave., Nashville.See
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
9/25/14 DC: Symposium on civil rights and social justice 0 L. Cashman The American Folklife Center invites friends and colleagues to a publicprogram in the continuing series "Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back,Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement."  On September 25, 2014,please join us for a special symposium entitled, "Organizing Across theBoundaries: Strategies and Coalitions in the Struggle for Civil Rights and Social Justice" --  The program features lectures, book talks, multi-media presentations anddiscussions between activists and historians. Veterans of civil rights andsocial justice movements, including Maria Varela (New Mexico), CarlosMontes, Bill X Jennings Richard Baldwin Cook and Glen Pearcy join withhistorians Lauren Araiza, Gordon Mantler, and Felipe Hinojosa to discuss thepotential of and the limits to organizing across the borders of ethnicity,race, class and faith in campaigns and movements for justice, human rights,freedom, and self-determination in the 1960s and 1970s. Topics will includethe United Farmworkers Movement-led boycotts of non-union produce, the PoorPeople’s Campaign of 1968, free breakfast for school children programs, thework of groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, theBrown Berets, the Black Panther Party, the National Farm Workers Ministryand the role of the Mennonite, Catholic and Protestant churches in these andother actions and events.Guha ShankarAFC, LC
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
9/11-12/6/14 Victoria, TX: "TEXAS CZECHS: Rooted In Tradition" 0 L. Cashman A multimedia, travelling exhibition opened September 11 in Victoria, Texas at the Museum of the Coastal Bend called "Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition," curated by Dawn Orsak and Lori Najvar of PolkaWorks. The exhibit includes photo montage/text panels, artifacts, photos, and short documentary films about contemporary Texas Czech cultural traditions. If are in in Victoria before December 6th, please stop by.
by L. Cashman
Friday, September 12, 2014
9/15/14 DC: Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making 0 L. Cashman Date: September 15, 2014Location: Whittall Pavilion, Library of Congress, Washington, DCTime: 1-3:30 pmThe American Folklife Center invites friends and colleagues to a public program in the continuing series Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement.  On September 15, 2014, please join us for "Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making of the Movement,” featuring book talks, film screenings of rare performances from the Library’s renowned collections, and  discussion. The US freedom struggle for citizenship, justice and equality was crucially shaped by the actions of grass-roots community members, students and charismatic leaders who directly confronted racial  power and terror. Their work galvanized -- and was galvanized by -- leading artists and entertainers like Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie and many others who made crucial contributions to the  Movement, both at home and abroad, through jazz, film, stage and television performances. Musicologist Ingrid Monson (Harvard University) and historian Ruth Feldstein (Rutgers University) discuss their works about the stars of the stage and screen who placed their talents in service of the struggle. Ingrid Monson is the author of Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call out to Jazz and Africa.  Ruth Feldstein’s recent, well-received book is How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement.  Their presentation will be preceded by screenings of rare performances of some of these artists, drawn from the Library's unparalleled broadcast collections.Seating is free but limited, so please make sure to show up early! Contact Guha Shankar at AFC- - if you plan to attend or have any questions.*******************************************************Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement is a public educational program series of the American Folklife Center, carried out in collaboration with several Library of Congress divisions and external partner institutions. It features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. Programs in the series aim to present audiences with a range of perspectives on the topic, highlight the Library's unparalleled collections about the freedom struggle, and explore questions about the legacy and influence of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the featured speakers and topics address events, actions and experiences that have been recorded for the Center's Civil Rights History Project (CRHP). The CRHP is a national initiative to record oral histories and first-person recollections of participants in the freedom struggle.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 25, 2014
2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Events, Sept. 17-19, 2014 0 A. Intern The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8 PM.  Free tickets to this concert are available online at or in person at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium Box Office at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, and the House of Musical Traditions at 7010 Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. The concert will also be live streamed at with an archive available following the event.  In addition to the concert, the NEA also will hold the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. For more information and the full press release, visit:
by A. Intern
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Traveling Exhibit Available on the Art of Louisiana's Immigrant Communities 0 A. Intern A traveling exhibit on Louisiana’s immigrant communities is now available for booking throughout Louisiana. The exhibit consists of freestanding panels, a press kit, and educational materials. For more information, read a description of the traveling exhibit below, provided by Maida Owens, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Program. Exhibit Description The traveling exhibit A Better Life For All from the Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program explores the traditional arts and practices of immigrant cultural communities in the southeastern, central and northern regions of the state. The exhibit explores the traditional arts and practices of immigrant cultural communities of the state through documentation of dance, music, crafts, foods and celebrations or rituals that people bring to a new home. The exhibit is now at the Acadiana Center for the Arts through September. It premiered at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council in May, was at Baton Rouge's Capitol Park Welcome Center in June and July and will be at the Jeanerette Museum before appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April/May 2015. Louisiana has long been a destination for immigrants seeking educational, professional and economic opportunity as well as political freedom and safety. Although they may come for a better life, most immigrants stay connected with their culture, often through the traditional foods, dance, music, crafts and celebrations or rituals that they bring to a new home. A Better Life For All provides a window into Louisiana's ever-changing cultural landscape through the lens of artistic traditions that illuminate both our cultural uniqueness and universal experiences. The art forms presented include Bosnian pastry, Vietnamese New Year traditions, Garifuna music and dance, Indian rangoli, Greek dance and Muslim wedding traditions, among others. It includes QR codes that link to audio and video online in addition to an expanded version of the exhibit and 43 multimedia essays about 19 cultural groups. The exhibit is now available to book by libraries, small museums and other cultural institutions throughout Louisiana. The exhibit consists of four 78.5" tall by 47" wide (when fully assembled) free-standing panels, displaying on front and back photographs and text about Louisiana immigrant communities. A complete press kit and educational materials are also provided to each exhibitor at The exhibit is the culmination of the New Populations Initiative by the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, which reached out to our state's immigrant and refugee communities. The goal was to address an underserved sector within the cultural economy and provide an opportunity to engage these communities in the identification and documentation of their traditional culture and art forms. Since 2005, the project supported documenting the communities, publishing multimedia essays online, mentoring immigrant groups and producing the traveling exhibit. Contact Susan Moreau at or 225.219.0725 to book the exhibit. The exhibit was funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
by A. Intern
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
End of the Summer Happy Hour for Wash. DC area professionals and students 0 A. Intern All folklorists, ethnomusicologists, oral historians, professors, students, interns, and their friends in the Washington, DC area are welcome to an end-of-the-season gathering on Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 5:00-7:00 at the Aria Pizzeria & Bar in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Building at 13th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue. (Phone 202-312-1250).Aria is centrally located and almost on top of the Federal Triangle stop on the blue/orange line and a three-minute walk from Metro Center. Depending on the weather, the group will either assemble outside on the patio or head inside to the porch.   As is traditional, it will be a buy-your-own event.
by A. Intern
Monday, July 21, 2014
Cherokee exhibit at Great Smokies 0 L. Cashman Oconaluftee Visitor Center ( in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting "Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future," on view from April 26th through May 28th.  The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text.  "Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future" was designed to include community input as a way to develop its content.  A community team held monthly discussions to develop the ideas and images that would make up the exhibit.  Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The touring exhibit is sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, and Western Carolina University.  Funding was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There will be a special exhibit PREVIEW on Friday, April 25th from 6 until 7 pm.  For more information, contact:
by L. Cashman
Friday, April 18, 2014
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert to Take Place September 27, 2013 0 R. Vanscoyoc Washington, DC—For one night each year, the National Endowment for the Arts invites the recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts to share their art forms with the public at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, which also is streamed live at The 2013 concert will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. EDT, and will feature art forms as diverse as Irish fiddling, traditional gypsy music, and Native American storytelling, among others. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances. The recipients also will be honored in an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 25 at 5 p.m. EDT at the Library of Congress. Both events are open to the public and managed by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. The 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients are: · Sheila Kay Adams, Ballad singer, musician, and storyteller (Marshall, North Carolina) · Ralph Burns, Storyteller, Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe (Nixon, Nevada) · Verónica Castillo, Ceramicist and clay sculptor (San Antonio, Texas) · Séamus Connolly, Irish fiddler (North Yarmouth, Maine) · Nicolae Feraru, Cimbalom player (Chicago, Illinois) · Carol Fran, Swamp blues singer and pianist (Lafayette, Louisiana) · Pauline Hillaire*, Tradition bearer, Lummi tribe (Bellingham, Washington) · David Ivey, Sacred Harp singer (Huntsville, Alabama) · Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez, Chicano musician and culture bearer (San Diego, California) *Pauline Hillaire is the recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. Profiles of the artists are available in the Lifetime Honors section of the NEA’s website, along with photos, audio, and video samples of their work. NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert Attend in person: The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. Free tickets to this concert are available online at or in person at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium Box Office at 730 21st Street NW in Washington, DC, and the House of Musical Traditions at 7010 Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. WAMU 88.5 is the official radio station of the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. PLEASE NOTE: Ticket-holders should arrive by 7:45 p.m. At that time, all empty seats will be claimed by those in the stand-by line. Watch the live webcast: The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be live streamed at with an archive available following the event. The NEA encourages households and schools to gather together to watch the webcast and use this opportunity to share our nation's diverse folk and traditional arts with families and students. Viewers can share comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage. You may also request copies of the concert program by emailing NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony In addition to the concert, the NEA also will hold the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. Members of the press who wish to attend the concert or awards ceremony or obtain photographs or video from either event should contact Liz Auclair at About the NEA National Heritage Fellowships The 2013 honorees join the ranks of previous Heritage Fellows, including bluesman B.B. King, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, cowboy poet Wally McRae, gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples, and bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. Since 1982, the Arts Endowment has awarded 386 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, including the 2013 Fellows. Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in folk and traditional arts on the basis of their continuing artistic accomplishments and contributions as practitioners and teachers. For more information on the NEA's National Heritage Fellowships, including bios, interviews, and audio selections for the NEA National Heritage Fellows; portraits of more than 170 NEA National Heritage Fellows by Tom Pich; and publications such as a 30th anniversary publication featuring a DVD-Rom, created by Documentary Arts, with photos, videos, and audio recordings of all the Heritage Fellows, and a Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide, visit About the National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, August 29, 2013
John Burrison to Give Three-Part Lecture on Folk Pottery at Emory U. 0 R. Vanscoyoc Professor John Burrison of Georgia State University will be presenting "Around the World in Eighty Clays: A Folk Pottery Travelogue," a three-part lecture on folk pottery, at Emory University in Atlanta in October, 2013. Lectures will cover pottery from different regions in the world and will take place October 1, 10, and 15. For more information on the lecture series, please click here. A video in which John discusses the series and other folklore-related topics with Georgia Humanities Council president Jamil Zainaldin is available on YouTube.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Nov. 16th Botkin Folklife Lecture: Bob Riesman on Big Bill Broonzy 0 R. Vanscoyoc Botkin Folklife Lecture November 16 The American Folklife Center announces a lecture in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series: "I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy," by Bob Riesman November 16, 2012, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, November 08, 2012
10/12-14/12: Richmond Folk Festival features NEA National Heritage Fellows 0 L. Cashman This year's Richmond Folk Festival, October 12-14, will feature the Virginia NEA National Heritage Fellows:
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
10/4/12: Open House for USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center 0 L. Cashman On October 4th, the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program will host a public open house to inaugurate the opening of its new center. Faculty and staff of this 15,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Lancaster invite the public to tour the new Native American Studies Center at 119 South Main Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the NAS Center’s gallery spaces, archives, classrooms, and archaeology, language, and folklife/oral history labs. Refreshments will be provided and performers and artists will be on hand to demonstrate Native American traditions. Through a partnership between USCL and the City of Lancaster, the Native American Studies Center was established to promote regional Native American art, culture, and history. Home to the world’s largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery, the state’s only university archive devoted to South Carolina’s Native cultures, a 200,000 piece collection of artifacts from the Ice Age to the present, the area’s only Catawba linguist, an on-going Native American folklife and oral history project, and the only Native American Studies academic program in the state, the NAS Center will offer exhibits of regional Native American Art, classes and workshops, a public archaeology lab, and other public programs. Following the Oct. 4th open house, the NAS Center will be open Tuesdays through Sundays and Mondays by appointment. Both the public open house and regular admission are free. For details, call 803-313-7172, email, or visit Visit us on Facebook at!/groups/95434605754/ or!/nativeamericanstudies . Stephen Criswell, Ph.D.Director of Native American StudiesAssociate Professor of English and FolkloreUSC LancasterLancaster, SC 29720(803) 313-7108
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
10/4/12, DC: NEA National Heritage Fellows Free Concert 0 R. Vanscoyoc The National Endowment for the Arts will be hosting a free concert on Thursday, October 4, to showcase the talents of its 2012 National Heritage Fellows. The concert will be open to the public and will be webcast live on the NEA website. For more information, please visit the AFS Calendar.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, September 10, 2012
Folk Arts Apprenticeship Exhibit, Bowling Green, KY, through September 3rd 0 T. Evans For anyone in the vicinity of Bowling Green, KY, between now and September 3, the exhibit "The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships" will be showing at SKyPAC (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center), 601 College St., in downtown Bowling Green.  It marks the 20th anniversary of the Kentucky folk arts apprenticeship program.   On Friday, August 10, there will be a free concert/performance from 6-8 p.m., tentatively featuring the River City Drum Corps, Cheryl Pan, Lee Sexton and Carla Gover, among others. exhibit and concert are sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Historical Society, and National Endowment for the Arts.
by T. Evans
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
DC: 2012 Botkin Lecture by Simon Bronner 0 S. Bronner August 9, 2012, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison BuildingPresented by the American Folklife Center Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, presented by Simon J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University From their beginnings in American history, College campuses emerged as hotbeds of expressive traditions fitting under the rubric of folklore (although scowling critics would dismiss these traditions as high jinks).  This became more true, rather than less, as universities have become engines of mass society. Rather than deride campus traditions as cases of boys and girls "gone wild," Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture. Simon J. Bronner is Coordinator of the American Studies Program and Director of the Doctoral American Studies Program and Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University in 1981. He became editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies in 2011. He is the editor of a book series entitled Material Worlds and edits the journal Jewish Cultural Studies. He is the author of many books, including Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture (2011); American Children's Folklore (2006, winner of the Opie Prize for best book on children's folklore); Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society (2004); Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition (2002), Following Tradition: Folklore in the Discourse of American Culture (1998); Piled Higher and Deeper: The Folklore of Campus Life (1990); and American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History (1986). For more information, visit Simon J. Bronner's blog.
by S. Bronner
Monday, July 23, 2012

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