A free online conference series featuring the Smithsonian's "Will to
Adorn" Initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 1PM–5:30PM,
ET. Diana Baird N'Diaye & Sally Van de Water of the Smithsonian
will introduce the multi-year, collaborative folk cultural research and
public presentation project.
Through the work and perspectives of
museum, academic, and community scholars, as well as community-based
cultural practitioners, including artisans and designers from across the
nation, this project explores the diversity of African American
identities as expressed through the cultural aesthetics and traditional
arts of the body, dress, and adornment.
Five case studies from
around the country will highlight the variety of ways classrooms,
after-schools programs and community groups are implementing
ethnographic research with students in creative and engaging formats.