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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 (www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm) 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: Curatorial.InSight@gmail.com
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 arts.gov. 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 lisner.org 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 arts.gov 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 heritage@arts.gov. 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 auclaire@arts.gov. 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 arts.gov. 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 arts.gov.
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:http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/docs/event_folklife.html
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 criswese@mailbox.sc.edu, or visit usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/95434605754/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/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.  http://www.theskypac.com/visual-artsThe 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.http://www.loc.gov/folklife/events/botkin-lectures.html
by S. Bronner
Monday, July 23, 2012
National Council on the Arts Meeting--Friday, 6/29/12 0 R. Vanscoyoc The National Council on the Arts will be meeting in public session on Friday, June 29th, and the proceedings will be web-cast on our site. At around 11:00 a.m. we will be making a presentation that includes a brief retrospective of the past 30 years of Heritage Fellowships and an introduction to the 2012 National Heritage Fellows. Here is a link to information about the meeting: http://www.arts.gov/news/news12/NCA-June-2012.html.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Jamaican Intuitive Art at the Frost Art Museum, FIU 0 A. Fromm The Frost Art Museum presents Second Annual Museum Studies ExhibitionStudent Curated Exhibition examines Jamaican Intuitive Art MIAMI, FL –The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU) presents the Second Annual Museum Studies Exhibit: Jamaican Intuitive Art.  This exhibition, drawn from a comprehensive group of paintings and sculptures of Jamaican Art in The Frost Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, is curated, designed and installed by students in the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies Program. Jamaican Intuitive Art is artwork created by self-trained and non-academically trained artists.  These are individuals who through their paintings, drawings, and sculptures express thoughts about life and their surroundings.  Themes addressed in this artwork can be religious or mystical with reference to Rastafarianism or other forms of indigenous faith found in Jamaica; African roots, the unique Jamaican Back to Africa movement, and narrative paintings depicting urban and rural landscapes.  Intuitive Art and artists have been recognized in Jamaica since the late 1970’s when three major exhibits at the National Gallery in Kingston brought attention to the flourishing of these expressive artists. This annual exhibition is part of the Introduction to Museum Ethics, Policies and Procedures course, intended to teach students about the inner workings of museums.  By having firsthand experience creating an exhibition, students are introduced to a portion of the collection, for which they research the artists and art movements, and work in a team to develop the curatorial threads of the exhibition.  They also learn proper collections and registration procedures by creating the catalog, labels, and supplemental educational materials. This exhibition will be on view from April 25, 2012 until September 15, 2012 and an opening reception will be held April 25, 2012 from 6pm-9pm during Target Wednesday After Hours. The on-line exhibit is found at http://intuitives.frostartmuseum.org/ About the FIU Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Program FIU Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is an 18-credit program intended to prepare individuals for employment in museums, historic preservation, and collection management. The program offers graduate level courses in various associated academic disciplines with special project and on-line courses appropriate for specific museum work. Courses are for students interested in museum careers and for people currently employed in museums who want to expand their theoretical base and their knowledge of best professional practices. The program is designed to provide the students with a strong theoretical basis and a broad understanding of museum practice and history. For more information, visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu/edu_studies.htm or call 305-348-2890.
by A. Fromm
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sustainable and Authentic Florida Conference, Oct. 17-19, 2012 0 R. Vanscoyoc Please follow this link to learn more about the Sustainable and Authentic Florida Conference: http://www.sustainableandauthenticflorida.com/.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, June 14, 2012
National Gallery for Art Mobile App Test and Interview 0 R. Vanscoyoc The National Gallery of Art is looking for feedback on its first mobileapplication called Your Art. Your Art features audio on 130 works of art inthe Gallery¹s collection as well as maps, high resolution images, and eventsand exhibition listings.We are seeking individuals who would be willing to come to the Gallery totry out the app and participate in an interview conducted by a Gallery staffmember. You do not have to be a regular museum visitor to participate or aregular user of app technologies. In fact, we are interested in talking withpeople with varying experience with art and technology.Here¹s a little more about the interview:--When? The interview will be conducted in June and July at a mutuallyagreeable time.--Where? The interview will be conducted in the West Building of theNational Gallery of Art.--How long? The interview will take approximately an hour and a half fromthe time you walk in the building to when you depart.--What? The interview consist of two parts: 1) trying out the app in thegalleries in front of actual works of art with a Gallery staff memberobserving, and 2) an interview based on your experience using the app.--Thanks! In appreciation for your time, the Gallery will give you a giftcertificate for the Gallery¹s Garden Café Catalonia. Inspired by theexhibition Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, award-winning Washington-basedChef Jose Andres, executive chef of Jaleo, has created a menu of signatureCatalan dishes incorporating traditional ingredients.Your feedback will be reported anonymously with that of other participantsand will provide the Gallery with valuable information to help us improvethe Your Art app and future mobile initiatives.If you are interested in participating, please contact Alexandra Morrison byemail at a-morrison@nga.gov or by phone 202-842-6320. Alexandra will giveyou more specific details about the evaluation. Please get in touch with herby Friday, June 15.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, June 11, 2012
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival 0 R. Vanscoyoc Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), has announced the 2nd Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival. The free Festival—an interactive, family-friendly celebration of traditional arts and foods from across the state—happens rain or shine, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., June 16 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson in East Baltimore. The Festival features Maryland’s traditional musicians, arts masters and their apprentices playing music and leading workshops and demonstrations in screen painting, decoy duck carving, Smith Island Cake-baking and more. Maryland-made arts and crafts, plus distinctive Maryland food favorites will also be available for purchase. More information can be found at: http://www.marylandtraditions.org/festival
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, May 31, 2012
9/26/10-10/26/13: Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies 0 L. Cashman The Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies touring exhibit includes 50 framed photo enlargements from the book, along with accompanying title stand, introductory panel, and gallery texts. The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga has partnered in this component of the project, fabricating and crating for the tour and hosting the premier showing of the exhibit from September 26 through December 5, 2010. The exhibit will tour for three years to local galleries and museums throughout Tennessee, many of them at institutions with previous experience in traditional arts programming. Depending on available space, some venues may not be capable of hanging the complete show. Many of the host sites will also offer the book for sale during their staging of the exhibit.  The initial plan for the tour is outlined below. Some details may be subject to change. To verify information for particular venues, contact the phone numbers provided. 2010 September 26 – December 5, 2010 Chattanooga Hunter Museum of American Art 423-752-2048 2011 January 10 – Feb. 26, 2011 Woodbury Arts Center of Cannon County 615-545-9279 March 21 – April 30, 2011 Dickson Renaissance Center 615-740-5545 June 1 – July 31, 2011 Humboldt West Tennessee Regional Art Center 731-784-1787 Sept. 11 – Oct 22, 2011 Germantown Germantown Performing Arts Center 901-494-9928 November 13 – December 30, 2011 Jackson Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center 731-425-8396 2012 January 30 – March 24, 2012 Nashville Nashville Public Library 615-862-5804 x6092 April 23 – June 9, 2012 Etowah Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, L&N Depot 423-263-7232 July 1 - Sept 2, 2012 Knoxville Knoxville Museum of Art 865-525-6101 x255 Oct 9 – Nov. 29, 2012 Johnson City Carroll Reece Museum, ETSU 423-439-4392 2013 January 7 – February 24, 2013 Kingsport Renaissance Center 423-392-8416 March 18 – April 27, 2013 Athens McMinn County Living Heritage Museum 423-745-0329 May20 – June 29, 2013 Clarksville Customs House Museum 931-648-5780 x38 September 2 – October 26, 2013 Columbia Pryor Gallery, Columbia State Community College 931-540-2883
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 02, 2012


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