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Tuscon Meet Yourself 0 A. Sanchez Tuscon Meet Yourself: A Folklife Festival (TMY) is happening October 11–13 in Tuscon, Arizona. TMY is celebrating its 46th edition. TMY is produced by the Southwest Folklife Alliance. The program for the festival celebrating Tuscon's folklife, as well as wider southwestern folklife, is now available.  For more information, see Tuscon Meet Yourself. 
by A. Sanchez
Friday, October 4, 2019
Texas Statewide Folk Arts Convening 0 A. Sanchez Texas Folklife, the National Endowment for the Arts’ state-designated folk and traditional arts organization, is proud to announce the first ever Texas Statewide Folk Arts Convening to be held on Thursday September 19, 2019.  The convening is a gathering and discussion among folk and traditional arts stakeholders from across Texas, with an evening program featuring presentations and performances by folklorists, artists, and traditional arts programmers.  The evening program will be held at Texas Folklife’s gallery located at 1708 Houston St Austin,TX 78756 at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.   Despite a long history of programming and strong city, local, and grassroots folk arts initiatives across the state, Texas has never truly had an organized statewide folk and traditional arts infrastructure. Texas Folklife believes this convening represents an exciting step towards creating a Texas-wide community of folk and traditional arts programmers, specialists, and practitioners, with the long-term goal of serving the diverse regions of our state and strengthening the folk and traditional arts for years to come.    For more information, see Texas Folklife Event.  To RSVP, see EventBrite. 
by A. Sanchez
Thursday, September 19, 2019
"Am I A Monster:" A Solo Exhibition by Mathew Spencer 0 E. Mee Portland Art & Learning Studio; a 10,000 sqft studio for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Portland, Oregon introduces a new exhibit called "Am I A Monster." Artist Mathew Spencer has transformed society's stigmas (particularly ableism, which he experiences on account of his disability) into ceramic mythological monster sculptures. To view his works online, visit Portland Art & Learning Studio's website.   
by E. Mee
Monday, April 15, 2019
2018 FisherPoets Gathering 0 R. Rini Larson All who’ve earned a living in the commercial fishing industry are invited to join with kindred spirits at the 21st annual FisherPoets Gathering the last weekend of February 2018. The 2018 FisherPoets Gathering starts the evening of Friday, February 23 and winds up Sunday, February 25 around noon. If you can make it to town by Thursday evening, join the group for the traditional no-host, pre-function dinner and open mic. If you haven’t been on the schedule before, it’s important that you send a sample of your work to the planning committee. Keep commercial fishing in mind and don’t stray too far from the working roots of the Gathering. If you’ve been strictly a prose writer try your hand at a poem instead. You’ll never find a more empathetic audience. If you know people who may not write but who, with some encouragement, can tell a good story, let the planning committee know; they will consider asking them to participate in Saturday's Story Circle. If you have an idea for Saturday’s workshops that you’d like to present or see presented, let the planning committee know. Feel free to bring chapbooks, cards, artwork, CDs and so forth to sell (at no cost, thanks to volunteers) at our FisherPoets Gathering Gearshack. Those who’ve performed at previous FisherPoets Gatherings should be sure they are represented in In the Tote, our on-line anthology of fisherpoetry painstakingly curated by Pat Dixon. Reach him at Those of you in the commercial fishing community who are visual artists can anticipate a general call for submissions from graphic artist and FPG planner Jamie Boyd. She has ideas of publishing a fisherpoets’ art book in the future. Spread the word among your commercial fishing friends. Reach Jamie ( to find out more. The Astoria Riverwalk Inn (503.325.2013 or ) at the west mooring basing is offering $70 rooms to fisherpoets and friends again this year. Ask when you register. The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce has plenty of other lodging information at If you have special needs or requests, contact the planning committee. As always, once expenses are paid, proceeds will be divided up to provide modest travel stipends, graduated in consideration of those who travel farthest. Confirm your attendance by January 10, 2018. Direct questions to:  Jon Broderick ( FisherPoets Gathering Planning Committee To learn more about the FisherPoets, or for a running official list of confirmed participants in the 2018 Gathering, visit the FisherPoets website at:
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, November 27, 2017
Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival 0 R. Rini Larson Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's and Northern Mexico's diverse ethnic and folk communities. Each October, the three-day event features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits that celebrate and honor beauty in all its diverse, informal, and everyday forms. Tucson Meet Yourself is different from other large events: it is a “folklife” festival. This means that the focus is on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group’s own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance. The festival has been held each year in Downtown Tucson, Arizona since 1974. TMY was founded by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith, who in 2011 was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a prestigious recognition as a “National Heritage” treasure. TMY is the signature annual event of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. SFA produces a number of other programs that help support, honor and promote the traditional arts and heritage practices of the region and that compliment the festival year-round. Help support TMY and make a difference: sign up to volunteer here! Learn more about the festival at the Tucuson Meet Yourself website.
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2017 FAR-West Music Conference and Regional Storytelling Expo 0 R. Rini Larson The folk art of storytelling is nearly as old as humankind, a way to carry forward the wisdom, compassion, and humor of our collective and individual experiences.  Sometimes stories are set to music, sometimes they are acted out, and sometimes they are simply told with skill. For the fourth year in a row, Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) invites storytellers from the local area to Bellevue, WA to take the stage on October 8 and share stories that entertain, warm hearts and open eyes. For the second year this event is hosted by Mary Anne Moorman, (a.k.a. Auntmama) in conjunction with The Seattle Storytellers Guild. The Show goes from 2 pm to 4 pm, and a limited number of Showcase Passes are available at The Storytelling Expo is part of the 2017 FAR-West Music Conference, which will be held October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue WA. Parking is available in the hotel garage at regular rates on Thursday night and free on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday. For registration and further information please visit This year’s featured storytellers include two former Seattle Civic poets, an actor, a doctor, a music organizer/librarian, a writer, a harpist-teller, two storytelling curators and one musician. This highly diverse mix will have at least one story just for you. Here they are: Drew Hobson turns multi disciplines into diverse art for a diverse planet.  He’s an actor; catch him on TV in “Grimm” and a teacher, throughout the state of WA reimagining traditional stories for 21st century youth. While creating drama with tribal youth at Red Eagle Soaring, he’s also a sought after DJ. Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor has been performing stories based on Filipino folktales and Filipino-American history as a member of the Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild since 2006. She has worked closely with indigenous peoples of the Philippines, British Columbia, Canada, and Coast Salish Nations to advocate the preservation of traditional knowledge through story. Paul Currington is a writer, storyteller, former comedian, and Alaska state hacky-sack champion (novice division, 1982). When he's not hosting Fresh Ground Stories, Seattle's longest-running open-mic storytelling show, you can find him on his porch feeding stray cats. He is easily manipulated. Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, City Arts, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, among others.  Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children. Nick Smith is a teller of historical tales for adult audiences, and traditional tales for all ages. In addition to putting on shows and helping run festivals, he has performed at unusual venues, ranging from Victorian houses to courthouses, even in a mausoleum, along with the more traditional venues of festivals, concerts, museums, libraries and schools. Tara Hardy is the working class, Queer, Femme, chronically ill, founder of Bent, a writing institute for LGBTQ writers in Seattle. She is a former Seattle Poet Populist, Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence, and an alumna of Hedgebrook. She is the Arts Director at Gay City and believes art is a powerful tool for social change. Her book, My, My, My, My, My, by Write Bloody Press is a 2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist. David Schumer has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Fresh Ground Stories, and his popular pod cast. His stories have been selected for KNKX's program sound effects. He is the producer and performer at the quarterly storytelling and music variety show Seattle WordsnMusic. He has won the Moth Story Slam multiple times.  He is a solo family practitioner of 35 years experience who continues to accept Obamacare. Mary Dessein has been telling stories since before she could read, Mary's still at it. Story has been her life. From radio, to festivals, to using story as a teaching and counseling tool, to her new CD, to published work, to her current podcast on KSER 90.7FM,' Wit or Wisdom. Auntmama, (Mary Anne Moorman), creates thoughtful, humorous and enjoyable entertainment. Named “Seattle’s Best Storyteller” by “The Stranger,” she blends Blue Ridge Mountain laurel with Douglas fir and carries her stories all along the Crooked Road.  The last Thursday of every month, you’ll find her at the Madison Park Starbucks, curating the 10th year of Auntmama’s StoryTable and spinning ‘Sunday Folks’ songs on KBCS.FM. Reggie Garrett performs mostly original songs mixed with pop covers and more traditional style folk ballads. He is the purveyor of a unique urban strain of (mostly) acoustic music incorporating a number of diverse influences, including: Folk, Latin rhythms, Blues, Gospel, Celtic, Rock, Jazz and more. The result is a musical blend that has excited and touched audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada.   Please direct questions to: Mark Kaufman – FAR-West President – Jeanette Lundgren – FAR-West Vice-President and 2017 Conference Co-Chair - Janet Dukes - FAR-West Secretary and 2017 Conference Co-Chair - Leslie vanWinkle - Publicist, FAR-West 2017 -
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, September 11, 2017
Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair 0 R. Rini Larson On Saturday September 9, 2017, the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. The Clarke County Historical Museum will be hosting a "Pop-Up Museum," where participants can bring and display peace artifacts. Free activities like facepainting and crafts will be available for children of all ages. There will be music throughout the day, including a performance by Joe Hickerson ca. 11:40 am - 12:40 am. For more information, visit the Peace and Justice Fair Website. Location: Esther Short Park 605 Esther Street Vancouver, Washington  United States
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
LA RiverLore! A Professional Development Program in Real Time 0 J. Fivecoate RiverLore is an exciting and innovative professional training program for K-16 and community educators interested in creating highly engaging curriculum centered on their own local communities along and around the Los Angeles River. RiverLore teachers encourage students to follow their own curiosity in discovering and sharing their community's past, exploring its present, while becoming visionaries and advocates for the future. LA RiverLore provide teachers in local schools with the training, inspiration, collaboration, and connections needed to create standards focused service-learning curriculum around their own neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. Join us this year in creating powerful curriculum with social purpose. Registration is now underway. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited.   For more information, visit
by J. Fivecoate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
CWI's 2017 Summer WEST Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability 0 J. Fivecoate Los Angeles, California • July 24-28, 2017 CWI's Summer WEST takes place in one of the world's most vibrant and diverse urban settings. Participants from across the U.S. and around the world spend a week together, with expert training and inspiring peer support and collaboration. We will experience the heart and soul of Los Angeles itself, through a series of inspiring hands-on learning activities. This is your opportunity to move your curriculum or program to the next level. We work in a collaborative design atmosphere to create compelling and transformative learning opportunities for students in their own local communities.   For more information, visit
by J. Fivecoate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Free Oral History and Preservation Workshop 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Vanishing Treasures Program is sponsoring a free workshop on oral history and historic preservation entitled “If These Walls Could Talk: Successfully Creating and Using Oral Histories in the Preservation of Traditional Resources.” The best preservation treatments are founded in strong historical research and documentation. One often overlooked-- and invaluable--source of historical background are oral history interviews. In this course, participants will learn how to effectively plan and implement all phases of an oral history project and will explore how interviews can in turn help inform preservation treatment plans. Using case studies, classroom presentations and a practicum, participants will gain the tools they need to gather reliable historic information through the use of the spoken word. Dates: Tuesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 14, 2016 Location: Western Center for Historic Preservation, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, WY Instructors: LuAnn Jones, NPS Historian Brenna Lissoway, NPS Archivist Cost: No Tuition. Travel to be paid by benefitting account. To Register: Complete online form: More Information: email to Sponsored by the Vanishing Treasures Program The Vanishing Treasures Program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture in the Western United States, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally associated communities and places of their heritage.
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Seattle Maritime Events 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The 2016 Seattle Maritime 101 and Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival are designed to showcase and celebrate Seattle’s Five Star Working Waterfront. More than 30 festivals, special events, public tours and other activities are planned from April through May. The highlight is the annual Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival!   May 12 Stories of the Sea, 7 - 10 p.m. Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3909 18th Avenue West Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!!  Limited to 15 performers. To register: Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Vigor and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman.   May 14                Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Harbor Open House, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pier 66 and Downtown Waterfront Three free harbor tours, Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel open house at Bell Street Pier, Vigor welding booth, military and government displays, survival suit public time trials, face painting, spin art, Puget Sound Maritime crafts for kids, Center for Wooden Boats kids’ boat building, and other activities.   The free harbor tours are presented by the Port of Seattle. Learn about the Working Waterfront on a cruise of Elliott Bay. Board the vessel at Pier 66 one-half hour prior to each departure for a 1 hour tour. Departures are 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour. Limit of four tickets per adult.  Tickets are only available on the day of the event at the Port of Seattle information booth.   Participating restaurants in the Chowder Cook-Off include Ivar’s, The Edgewater Hotel’s Six Seven Restaurant, Anthony’s at Pier 66,  Elliott’s Oyster House, Bell Harbor Conference Center, The Crab Pot, and The Fisherman’s Restaurant. Purchase a Chowder Passport at the Festival Information Booth or at any participating restaurant for only $5 and you’ll receive a delicious 3 ounce sample of chowder from each restaurant. Sampling stations are located at the participating restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Propeller Club’s charities.   Confirmed participating vessels for tours in Bell Harbor Marina include the Canadian Navy's Glendyne, Seattle Maritime Academy Instructor, Global Diving’s Munson, King County Research Vessel Liberty, Seattle Harbor Patrol and Seattle Sea Scouts Propeller.  In addition, the Port of Seattle will have their Bomb Squad Truck and Dive Truck and the Coast Guard will have a trailered vessel on the plaza at Pier 66. Also, look for displays from Puget Sound Maritime and Captain's.   Details at   May 20             Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast Marriot Waterfront Hotel          Sen. Patty Murray will be the keynote speaker and the breakfast will include the presentation of the Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award and the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year Award. Details at   *There is no admission charge to the Festival grounds.  All events are subject to change. For more information, go to
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia Exhibition 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari (SANTA FE, Jan. 28, 2016)—Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim's, to today's large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners. Sacred Realm runs from February 28, 2016 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Sacred Realm highlights the museum's own wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. What this exhibition presents are interesting similarities within the many countries and regions making up Asia. At best Asia is a construct; for what we think of as one "Asia" is in fact comprised of more than 50 countries, thousands of ethnic groups, more than ten language families (encompassing two thousand plus spoken languages), and is the birthplace to such "world religions" as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as many local religions. And Santa Fe is both microcosm and mirror for a similar diversity of belief systems. Sacred Realm shows the dynamic ways people communicate their ideas of the supernatural, divine, or sacred world (such as God, deities, nature spirits, or other kinds of unseen forces). Almost universally, yet through varied means and belief systems, people have found ways to connect with these powers to bring stability to their lives, to divert ill-will and harm, and to attract love, fertility, prosperity, longevity, and safety – essentially, to harness protection, blessings, and good fortune for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.  Exhibition curator Felicia Katz-Harris explains that, "Oftentimes, when Asian art is exhibited as a survey of a museum's collection, it is presented either geographically or chronologically. This exhibit is unique in that it is presented thematically. In this way, we see the commonalities across Asian cultures and religions."   Sacred Realm features amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects imbued with other-worldly, divine qualities. Whether used in sacred dance, to pray or help individuals show gratitude or ask for specific favors, to interact with ancestors and deities, or to ward off evil and attract positivity, these objects are means to similar ends. Katz-Harris notes, "The exhibit reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that, at the same time, depict the common human desire to attain balance and harmony in the physical and spiritual realms of life." Among diverse Asian cultures similarities can be found in objects' functions as well as in their appearance. Box or tube shaped amulets containing sacred scripture or images are seen from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia. Magical squares – geometric designs containing esoteric numerical formulas or acronyms are found in Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist amulets. Magical squares are also seen as tattoos throughout South and Southeast Asia, and even in parts of the Middle East – embedding the magic into the physical body for protection. Engaging interactive software will allow visitors to learn about these and tattoos and to share their own tattoos and meanings with the community.  Appropriately for this exhibition, the museum's exhibit team worked with a certified Feng Shui designer to spiritually balance the gallery, incorporating basic principles of color and object placement to aid the gallery's harmony and flow. In selecting and interpreting objects from the Museum's collection, the exhibition team worked with a Balinese Hindu Brahmin, a Tibetan Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama, Thai Buddhist monks and spiritual masters, an Islamic Cultural Center, scholars of Asian religion, and three local Jewish Rabbis.    Audiences will enjoy engaging in-gallery activities such as making amulets and creating offerings.  The museum is planning programs throughout the run of the exhibit including dance and music performances, lectures, demonstrations, special art workshops, and more. High resolution images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. Exhibition Opening Day Events From 1 to 4pm there will be activities for the entire family and from 2 to 4 pm the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico will host a reception. 1pm: Opening remarks by exhibition curator Felicia Katz-Harris (MOIFA's Senior Curator, Asian Art)1 to 4pm: Make a Khamsas, an amulet/good luck charm in the form of a decorated and stylized hand and Ema, small decorated wooden plaques like the one's Japanese Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes on. Gamelan Encantada will perform Javanese Temple Music Henna artists will paint blessings on your hand. 2pm and again at 3pm: Quang Minh Lion Dancers 3pm Trupti PanickorTravedi will perform Bharatanatyam-style traditional Indian dance and the Potala Dance Troupe will perform traditional Tibetan dance and song.   Funding for this exhibition provided by: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Cotsen Family Foundation Funds, International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Media Contacts: Steve Cantrell, PR Manager 505-476-1144 Felicia Katz-Harris, Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Folk Art 505-476-1221  
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Western Folklife Center Presents Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Auction 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Western Folklife Center Presents the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, from January 25-30, 2016.  In conjunction with the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is conducting an online auction of four "Ultimate" Western Experiences, custom-designed to be amazing Western cultural adventures! You do not want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities developed just for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering audience. Imagine yourself and a loved one: Visiting a cow camp in the Big Horn Mountains and the Flitner's Diamond Tail Ranch in Cody, WY, and meeting Longmire author Craig Johnson; Enjoying a musical and cultural adventure with Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan and acclaimed artists and musicians of the beautiful Zion National Park area; Indulging in an Elko County weekend at the beautiful Maggie Creek and Keddy Ranches, sharing Basque meals and visiting Waddie Mitchell at his home; or Spending a delightful weekend on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona, with hosts Gail Steiger and Amy Hale Auker. Visit for more detail on each trip and to bid on these items today! Bidding starts at $1,500 per trip. You will need to register in order to bid. The auction will conclude at 5:30 pm. Saturday, January 30, at the end of the Silent Auction at the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Please share this with your family and friends who might be interested in these exciting trips. Happy bidding!
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Hawaiian Lau Hala Exhibition Opens at Maui Arts & Cultural Center 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Bishop Museum is hosting an exhibition of lau hala artifacts and the work of contemporary lau hala weavers in at the Schaefer International Gallery in Hawai‘i from Oct. 20 through Dec. 20, 2015. American Folklore Society Fellows C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell both worked on the exhibit.   To learn more, visit
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Monday, November 2, 2015
YourStory:Record and Remember Website Is Up and Running 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The facilitators of YourStory: Record and Remember are excited to announce that their website has been improved and is up and running again! About YourStory:  YourStory: Record and Remember has as its mission the preservation of the life stories of the people of Utah. Based in the understanding that the art of telling a life is one developed in dialogue, YourStory has provided a safe place and experienced facilitators to guide individuals in the art of self-reflection. Since January 2005, YourStory has helped to preserve over 2,000 life stories on professional-quality CDs that have been shared with families and friends across the country and around the world. Today YourStory volunteer facilitators focus primarily on recording the lives of cancer patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. In addition to these recordings, YourStory now presents an oral history/life story toolkit, so that anyone interested in preserving their own, a family member’s, or a friend’s life story will be able to do so, guided by seasoned professionals. Check it out at
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Postcommodity Premieres Bi-National Land Art Installation 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari An indigenous artist collective, Postcommodity, premieres Repellent Fence, a pilot project of the Community Inspiration Program. Continuing their exploration of contested spaces, the indigenous artist collective, Postcommodity, will present Repellent Fence, the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited on the U.S./Mexican border, October 9-12, 2015 near Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Repellent Fence is comprised of 28 tethered “scare-eye” balloons, ten feet in diameter, floating fifty feet above the desert landscape creating a temporary two-mile-long sculpture that intersects the US/Mexico border. With the Repellent Fence, Postcommodity seeks to build multi-national bridges between American Indian, Mexican and Latin American immigrant communities; demonstrate the interconnectedness of the hemisphere; acknowledge and reaffirm the indigeneity of immigrant peoples, as well as the original inhabitants of this region; and give voice to the land and peoples who exist within an increasingly hostile environment of competing worldviews, economic and political wills, and ever-intensifying surveillance and militarization. The monumental Repellent Fence installation is part of a larger public engagement campaign that includes public programming, performances and the first cross-border art walk in Douglas and Agua Prieta.   To view the original, updated press release, visit For the full press release, please go to 
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Girls in the Nose Band Reunion 0 A. Intern Austin's infamous lezzie punkster rockers -- featuring our very own Kay Turner -- are cutting loose for reunion shows in Portland and Eugene celebrating their 30th anniversary. Word on the street is that folklorists will be flocking to the Eugene show at Sam Bond's Garage in particular. Details here.Get a glimpse of the action in this unearthed YouTube video.
by A. Intern
Monday, June 8, 2015
MOIFA Presents "Traditional Pots and Provocations" 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Santa Fe, NM—The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on Southern pottery featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones. This is not the first time Clark, Hewitt, and Jones have taken the stage together to debate the present and future of North Carolina pottery. This event, titled Traditional Pots and Provocations, is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. Traditional Pots and Provocations will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4 pm, in the Kathryn O'Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. The roots of the museum's program Traditional Pots and Provocations begin in 2008, with Garth Clark's lecture at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft "How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts," in which he argued that the modern craft movement was dead, destroyed by its own envy of fine arts. That lecture stirred great debate across the country, and incensed North Carolina Matt Jones who heard a podcast of that lecture several years later. Jones crafted a retort to Clark on his blog. "How could the craft movement be dead?" Jones wondered from his pottery workshop in Leicester, North Carolina. "Wasn't I living proof of its existence?" Matt Jones' various blog entries, under the series titles "Critique of the Critic: Rising to Garth Clark's Bait" and "Wrestling with Garth" on Jones' website, show a string of entries, responses and counterarguments that eventually culminated in Jones and other potters touring Clark around North Carolina, where, Clark now states, he was brought back to his own roots in an appreciation of functional pottery. A 2012 symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, brought together Garth Clark, Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and Charlotte Wainwright for a discussion on "Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future."  With its April 19th program Traditional Pots and Provocations, the Museum of International Folk Art contributes to the debate that has been ongoing since Garth Clark's initial 2008 provocation (and historically) on the issues surrounding tradition and change, the field of functional pottery, and the hierarchies of art and craft.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, April 10, 2015
"The Red That Colored the World" Exhibition to Open at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc (Santa Fe, January 26, 2015)—The exhibition The Red That Colored the World opening at the Museum of International Folk Art combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. The Red That Colored the World opens on May 17, 2015, and runs through September 13, 2015. The exhibition translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. Highlighting more than 130 objects—textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more—from the Museum of International Folk Art, private lenders, and museums around the world, the exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials. Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature, and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Their quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th-century Mexico, where Spanish explorers encountered the American cochineal bug. The bug created an unparalleled range of reds with potent economic value. Its ensuing global spread launched an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown. Pre-Columbian weavers used cochineal. So did El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Hispano saint makers and Navajo weavers of the 18th- and 19th-century American Southwest followed suit, as did 20th century-Spanish design icon Mariano Fortuny. Synthetic dyes eclipsed natural sources in the late 19th century, but cochineal's cachet never completely waned. Through such international objects, the exhibition follows the story to today, where cochineal and the color red remain hot commodities in cosmetics and commercial products, contemporary art, fashion and design, and other expressions of popular culture. In development since 2009, The Red That Colored the World is one of the most ambitious exhibitions that the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) has ever produced. A major scholarly collaboration by an international team of curators, art historians, conservation scientists, and humanities consultants, Red tells the epic story of the history and global use in art of American cochineal. Red follows the cochineal insect through a 2000-year journey of global creativity and trade, as expressed through a range of works from pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial artists of Mexico and Peru, to such international painting masters as El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, and José de Ribera, to contemporary New Mexican artists, including Arlene Cisneros Sena, Ramón José López, Rita Padilla Hoffman, D.Y. Begay, and Orlando Dugi. Thanks to a pioneering partnership among conservation scientists from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España in Madrid, Red showcases objects that have tested scientifically positive to contain cochineal. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe from May 17 to September 13, 2015, after which it will travel to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where it will be on view from November 2015 to March 2016. The Red That Colored the World is one of the "Summer of Color" exhibitions taking place throughout Santa Fe during the summer of 2015. High resolution exhibition images for download are available from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. The Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa is the lead sponsor of The Red That Colored the World. The Red That Colored the World has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"Face Jugs of the American South" lecture at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc Face jugs of the American South: Lecture (SANTA FE, January 16, 2015)--Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. The face jug is now an icon of Southern folk art. Jugs with sculpted human faces have been made for generations by traditional potters such as members of north Georgia's Meaders and Hewell families. Where did the idea come from, and what meanings have they had to the makers and owners in the past and today? The earliest Southern examples are from antebellum South Carolina, but were they continuing a pottery tradition brought from the Old World, or are they a uniquely American ceramic expression? John Burrison's illustrated talk, "Face Jugs: Southern Tradition, Human Impulse," will explore possible sources as well as the living tradition of face jugs, and place the Southern examples within a global framework, suggesting that humanoid vessels are virtually universal among clay-working societies. His lecture will take place at 1pm in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Kathryn O'Keeffe Theatre. Immediately following the lecture, walk across Milner Plaza to the Museum of International Folk Art's Atrium, where potter Mike Craven will demonstrate how to make a face jug. A link to downloadable high resolution images from the Media Center is here. About the Program Participants - John A. Burrison, Ph.D., is Regents' Professor of English and director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1966. He is a leading authority on Georgia folk pottery. His publications include From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia (2010); Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture (2007); Storytellers: Folktales and Legends from the South (1989); and Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery (1983). Dr. Burrison has also served as curator at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia since it opened in 2006. - Mike Craven is a 9th-generation potter from a prominent pottery family in northeast Georgia that has been part of this tradition since the early 1800s. He has been working with pottery since he was 11 years old. In 1972, Mike, along with his brother Billy Joe, founded Craven Pottery in Gillsville, Georgia, where Mike Craven continues as principal today. Image Caption Lanier Meaders, Face jug, early 1970s, wood-fired, alkaline-glazed stoneware with kaolin eyes and quartz-pebble teeth, 8 7/8 x 9 x 7 5/8 in. Mossy Creek, GA. Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of Jeff and Emily Camp. (A.1975.26.2) Photo: Addison Doty.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, January 16, 2015

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