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Maria Carmen Gambliel
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MARIA CARMEN GAMBLIEL, Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Education: BFA Fundação Escola Guignard of Fine Arts, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil; MA (1983) and MFA (1986) in Art, Department of Art and History, University of New Mexico.

I have worked with Latinos through the El Consejo de Las Artes Hispanas of the Doña Ana Arts Council of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Dallas Mexican Cultural Center. At the time, both organizations were newly established and focused on presentation of Mexican and Mexican American expressive culture. My responsibilities included general management and fundraising, forming El Consejo’s first Board of Directors, and producing programming. In Dallas and in Boise, I have participated in successful grassroots movements to establish Latino cultural centers through bond issue and municipal land lease. I became the director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Folk Arts Program in 1998. I managethe Apprenticeship Program, conduct or coordinate contract fieldwork, produce publications, exhibitions, and professional development for folk artists. Working with the Idaho Office for Refugees’ resettlement agencies, I help integrate newcomers into Idaho’s cultural landscape and participate in the Apprenticeship Program. Finally, I have established partnerships with the Humanities Council and Historical Museum, City of Boise, other regional and national arts organizations to raise awareness of and present Idaho folk artists. I have also successfully advocated for inclusion of support for collaborative cultural work with social service providers in the Commission’s current long-range plan.

My story as a public folklorist begins at the intersection of folklife and social justice/service. If chosen to serve on the Society’s Board, I am prepared to work to advance its goals through exchanges and participate with like institutions in national and international areas of cultural practice, particularly in Latin America.


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