AFS Folklore and Museums Public Policy Working Group Publishes White Paper
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
The American Folklore Society's Folklore and Public Policy Working Group on Folklore and Museums has just published its white paper on folklore in museum policy and practice.
In 2013, the American Folklore Society’s Executive Board approved the creation of this working group, the third in an ongoing series of AFS folklore and public policy working groups.
The group focused on the growing number of folklorists who are working in and with museums to foster greater presence of folklore in museum theory, practice, and policy. While folklorists have made major contributions to museum theory and practice, the working group undertook a focused initiative to (1) convene, (2) implement a series of professional activities, and (3) develop and issue reports and publications to examine areas where folklore scholars can contribute to public policy and museum policies.
The members of the working group are Marsha Bol, Carrie Hertz, and Suzy Seriff of the Museum of International Folk Art, C. Kurt Dewhurst of Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum, Jason Baird Jackson of Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Marsha MacDowell of the Michigan State University Museum, Charlie Seemann of the Western Folklife Center, and Dan Sheehy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.