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Mark Slobin Presents Botkin Lecture at the American Folklife Center 0 S. Larson Mark Slobin will give a Botkin Lecture in the Washington, DC area on May 12th. The lecture is entitled "Improvising a Musical Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s-1960s.” Mark Slobin is professor of music and American studies at Wesleyan University.  When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm Where: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor James Madison Building, Library of Congress   Description: Eminent ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin surveys his research on the musical life of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan, during "my day," the 1940s-60s. He positions his personal experience in the wider panorama of a musically dynamic city of recent immigrants from Europe and migrants from the American South, and addresses the role of the schools and subcultures in shaping Detroit's complex cultural landscape.   Dr. Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He has written extensively on American music, ethnomusicology theory and practice, Eastern European Jewish and klezmer music, and the music of Afghanistan, where he conducted research beginning in 1967. He has served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music and two of his numerous books have won the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.   Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization 0 S. Larson The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is presenting a symposium on May 12 that will explore efforts to sustain local artistic practices and cultural identities as the world becomes increasingly globalized. CFCH is partnering with the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to assemble an exemplary array of speakers—community leaders, artisans, academics, and tradition bearers—to share their stories and engage key issues of cultural sustainability and its place in modern society. Representatives from the world of sustainable development, language revitalization, and cultural revitalization will discuss topics such as cultural heritage and well-being, cultural and economic sustainability, and cultural sustainability and revitalization. Speakers will include Maria Rosario Jackson, Angelique Kidjo, and the Queen Mother of Bhutan.What: Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of GlobalizationWhere: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016For more information, see 
by S. Larson
Monday, April 18, 2016
ETSU to Host Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment 0 S. Larson JOHNSON CITY – A Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment will be held at East Tennessee State University on Monday, April 4, hosted by the Department of Appalachian Studies. This symposium brings together internationally renowned scholars and scientists who specialize in music, sound and the environment for a public conversation and discussion.  Sessions will take place from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Reece Museum, with a break for dinner from 5-7 p.m. The free public symposium will address what is known about sound and nature, and music and culture, in relation to the environment, both now and in the past.  Other topics include the place of composers, musicians, instrument-builders and other friends of music in the environmental movement of the future, as well as why sound itself is important to life on Earth. Participants include: Dr. Aaron S. Allen, director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as co-editor of the collection “Current Directions in Ecomusicology,” whose research aims to understand how music and sound matter regarding their intellectual and environmental impact; Dr. Chad S. Hamill, associate professor and chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies and special adviser to the president on Native American Affairs at Northern Arizona University, who explores how traditional Indigenous songs reflect and embody physical landscapes within Indigenous communities and their ancestral territories; Scott McFarland, biologist and regional resource specialist with the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, which was established in 2011 and helps parks manage sounds in a way that balances access to the park with the expectations of visitors and the protection of resources; Dr. Mark Pedelty, professor at the University of Minnesota and resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment, who conducts research on music, sound and the environment and is the author of “Ecomusicology” and an upcoming book on environmentalist musicians, “A Song to Save the Salish Sea”; Dr. Jeff Todd Titon, professor emeritus at Brown University and current chairholder of the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU, who applies insights from ethnomusicology, ecological economics and animal sound communication to the study of diversity and sustainability in music, sound and the environment; and Dr. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, coordinator of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Area and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University, who has written two books broadly related to the topics of music, nature and place: “The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape” and “Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World.” The Reece Museum is located at 363 Stout Drive on the ETSU campus. For more information, call the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies at 423-439-7072.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Delta Symposium Events 0 S. Larson JONESBORO – "Representing Cultural Heritage” is the theme for this year’s Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  Participants will explore how the region’s historical and cultural resources are identified and presented as heritage.  The 22nd annual conference brings scholars, students, musicians and artists from across the nation to explore and experience the Delta’s history and culture. The event is sponsored by A-State’s Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages with additional on-campus support, including a grant from the American Folklore Society.  It will take place Wednesday through Saturday, April 13-16.  Most events will take place in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of the Reng Student Union (GPS: 101 North Caraway Road). Wednesday, April 13 The symposium will commence at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, with a panel on "History and Heritage Studies."  Various media and panel presentations will continue throughout the afternoon as will screenings of films that will be coordinated in conjunction with the Delta Flix Film and Media Festival. Student productions will be shown at the event as filmmakers will introduce their films and answer questions about their creative projects. Wednesday’s events conclude with a special screening of the feature film "I’m Not There” in the Mockingbird Room. The film is especially relevant as it sets the stage for Saturday’s "Dylan Day” activities. Thursday, April 14 Thursday's events begin at 8 a.m. in the Mockingbird Room.  Sessions will feature researchers and writers from across the nation.  Panelists will include historians, literary scholars, folklorists, filmmakers and photographers who will explore topics ranging from African-American regiments in the Civil War Battle of Helena to falconry as aspect of intangible cultural heritage. This year’s symposium has a marked international flavor as it features a panel that includes professor Yona Durea of the University of St. Etienne, France.  She’ll explore Mark Twain’s reflections on the Middle East, and the panel will explore topics as diverse as Mark Twain’s impressions of French culture and the writer’s abandonment of the region.  This panel is sponsored by A-State's MBA online program. The day's final event is a 7:30 p.m. screening of the acclaimed documentary film "The Grand Generation.”  Dr. Marjorie Hunt, who co-produced the film, will introduce it and discuss how it explores the place of elderly people as they contribute to the legacy of memory in their communities. Friday, April 15 Friday’s events will also begin at 8 a.m. with additional panels and media sessions.  The keynote address by Dr. Stephen A. King will take place at 11:30.  The communications professor and chair of speech communication at Eastern Illinois University will discuss connections between blues and Civil Rights in Mississippi. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening of music, poetry, writing and verbal arts.  Composer Chris Lawrence will offer the world premiere of his "String Quartet No. 1” to open the event at 7 p.m. in the Student Union auditorium.  A-State students will read from their contributions to the university’s "Tributary” literary magazine.  Featured writers Ann McCutchan of the University of North Texas and Sterling Plumpp, the noted blues poet, will share readings from their work before the event concludes with an open-mic song circle open to the public. Saturday, April 16 Saturday's events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with special presentations on Bob Dylan.  Nationally known speakers and scholars will present their research on the music and life of Dylan.  The event is organized by Dr. Frances Hunter and will serve as a capstone for a long-term project that is culminating in a new anthology of Dylan scholarship titled "Professing Dylan.” On Saturday afternoon, the symposium will conclude with the "Arkansas Roots Music Festival." This outdoor event will feature roots music in a range of genres at Jonesboro's City Water and Light Park.  The event begins at 12 and runs until 5 p.m. A range of musicians will take the stage, including the Zyndall Rainey Band, Runaway Planet, Last Chance Jug Band, the Salty Dogs and the Lucious Spiller Blues Band.  Sponsors are KASU-FM, West End Neighborhood Association and Delta Flix.  In case of rain, Saturday's events will be moved to the Student Union auditorium. For more details, one may contact the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at (870) 972-3043 or visit the website:  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
University of Louisiana, Lafayette Honors Nick Spitzer with Award, Concert 0 S. Larson Lawrence Ardoin and Tradition Creole along with Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie will be performing at Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium, located in Angelle Hall at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday, March 19th at 7:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, and Tulane University professor of anthropology. Spitzer is being honored this year with the College of the Arts SPARK Lifetime Achievement at ArTech Fusion, an event on March 18th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. As a documentary filmmaker and sound recordist in African French Louisiana communities, founding director of the Louisiana Folklife Program and a folklorist specializing in Creole music and culture at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere, Spitzer has been a longtime friend of the Ardoin and Delafose families. He is pleased to join Lawrence and Geno for this special evening of music and conversation. The concert title "Zydeco, La-La, Ya-Ya" has historical ties to the musicians as well as Creole culture.  La-La is a name used for the older Creole music that Lawrence Ardoin and his father, Bois Sec Ardoin, played. Ya-Ya refers to the expression "Gumbo ya-ya,” meaning everyone talking at once. Zydeco is the contemporary Creole popular music for which accordionist Geno Delafose is so well-known, as was his father John before him. Lawrence "Black” Ardoin was born in Duralde, Louisiana in 1946. He originally played drums with his father Bois Sec and siblings in the Ardoin Brothers Band. He later picked up accordion and taught his sons, who have each gone on to form their own successful zydeco bands: Chris Ardoin and Nustep, Sean Ardoin & Zydekool. Lawrence and Sean recently recorded and toured with another band, Creole United. Geno Delafose was born in Eunice, Louisiana in 1971. He is the son of the famous accordion player John Delafose. Growing up, Geno played rubboard in his father's band, the Eunice Playboys--he was featured in that role for Spitzer’s 1986 film *Zydeco*. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album” category for Le Cowboy Creole (2007). He was the first black cowboy invited to perform in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in 2010. For more information, please go to
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
McKissick Museum Highlights Sacred Music Traditions in the South 0 S. Larson Columbia, SC - The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will host a music symposium entitled Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South on February 26th and February 27th, 2016. The program will feature live performances, a panel session, presentations, and music workshops. All Shared Traditions programs are free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the USC School of Music and Brookland Baptist Church.Shared Traditions will start with a meet & greet with Gullah storyteller Anita Singleton-Prather at 3:30pm on Friday, February 26th at McKissick Museum on USC’s historic horseshoe. Singleton-Prather, a recipient of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, is a singer, actress, and the director and producer of Broadway Back In Da' Woods Productions, a full-stage musical theater experience featuring the performance group The Gullah Kinfolk. Friday evening will also include a presentation at 6:30pm by Dr. Eric Crawford on the topic of African-American spirituals in the South Carolina Sea Islands. Held at Johnson Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business on the USC campus, the talk will lead into a live performance of Circle Unbroken: A Gullah Journey from Africa to America by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk at 7:00pm.  Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia will host all program events on Saturday, February 27th. A detailed schedule of events is included below. The day will begin with a panel presentation entitled "Vocal Godliness: Gospel in Black and White” and will feature current research by graduate students from Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Following this session, Dr. Minuette Floyd will present on the topic of the music of the African-American camp meeting. The keynote speaker, ethnomusicologist Dr. Cynthia Schmidt, will screen the award-winning documentary, The Language You Cry In, which tells the investigative story of discovering the significance of a Gullah song sung in the Mende language of Sierra Leone. Beginning with Dr. Lorenzo Turner’s research in South Carolina in the 1920s, the song becomes more layered in meaning through time on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Schmidt will share an update on her research and host a Q&A with the audience.    Following the keynote address, conference participants will have the opportunity to attend three music workshops focusing on shape-note and hymn-raising traditions. Led by practitioners and choir leaders, these workshops will provide the opportunity to learn about the history of these traditions and the chance to participate in fellowship and song. Saturday’s program will conclude with an evening concert, highlighting the songs and styles learned during the workshops. For more information, visit or call Saddler Taylor at 803-777-3714. This program is funded in part by the Humanities CouncilSC and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South February 26 and 27, 2016 McKissick Museum, the School of Music, University of South Carolina and Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia Friday, February 26th   4:00 – 4:30pm                                                            McKissick Museum, Second Floor Lobby Opening remarks by McKissick Executive Director, Jane Przybysz Welcome from Chief Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork, Saddler Taylor Artist Meet & Greet – Anita Singleton-Prather Light Refreshments   4:30 – 5:00pm                                                         McKissick Museum, Diverse Voices Gallery Curator-led Tour of Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina   6:30 – 6:50pm                                                                         USC School of Music, Recital Hall Eric Crawford, Coastal Carolina University "The African-American Spiritual Tradition in the Sea Islands” Introduction of Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk   7:00 – 8:30pm                                                                        USC School of Music, Recital Hall Workshop Performance with Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk   Saturday, February 27th All events at Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia   9:00 – 10:30am Panel Session – "Vocal Godliness: Gospel in Black and White”                         (Cory Hunter, Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Terri Brinegar)   10:45 – 11:30am Minuette Floyd, University of South Carolina "The Music of the African-American Camp Meeting”   11:30 – 1:00pm          Break for Lunch   1:00 – 2:15pm Keynote Address by Dr. Cynthia Schmidt "The Legacy of Song: Gullah Tradition and the TransAtlantic Dialogue”   2:30 – 5:15pm Music Workshops (3 concurrent 45 minute sessions with 10 minute breaks between)             Workshop #1 – Lena Allen Davis and the Community Workshop Choir             Workshop #2 – Pat Johnson and the Springfield Baptist Singing Convention                         Workshop #3 – Labarius Edwards and Deacon Harry Jivers   5:30 – 6:30pm             Shape-Note Program & Concert
by S. Larson
Friday, February 05, 2016
The Florida Folklore Society Meeting Itinerary 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! For the itinerary and details on how to register, see: If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Navarro at 
by S. Larson
Monday, February 01, 2016
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! To view the tentative itinerary, please click the following link: 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

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