Carol Edison, independent folklorist; former staff folklorist Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program, Assistant Coordinator (1978-1984), Director (1984-2011); museum founder and curator, Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah (1987-2011); Co-convener Association of Western State Folklorists Annual Meeting (1981-1992)
Education and Accomplishments: MA English, University of Utah (1976); Honors BA English, University of Utah (1973); Recipient of the Utah Humanities Council Research Fellowship (1989 and 2012), Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History (1997), Benjamin A. Botkin Prize (2010), and Mayor’s Service to the Arts Award (2011). My primary areas of study and publication are Navajo basketry, Utah food traditions, Hispanic arts, cowboy poetry, Mormon material culture, gravestone carving and cultural heritage tourism.Statement: During this particular time in the history of our country, folkloric research, analysis, publications and presentations—in academia as well as the public sector—are more vital than ever in raising awareness, providing understanding and giving voice to the 99%. This is one of the many reasons why I value my membership in AFS. I am honored to be part of an organization dedicated to promoting understanding and social justice for all people and their traditions. Coming from a state where academic folklorists have always welcomed, encouraged and assisted with public sector work, I hold that cooperation in high esteem. Finding new ways to strengthen those bonds would be one of my priorities as a member of the Board. Another priority would be to develop strategies for advocating, especially with NEA, for a renewed commitment to support and expand the state-based folk arts programs that serve the majority of American artists. And finally, I congratulate the Society for its success in building both interdisciplinary and international connections, and I would welcome the opportunity to assist in expanding and strengthening those networks.