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Teresa Hollingsworth
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Teresa Holliingsworth is Senior Program Director of the Traditional Arts and Film Programs at South Arts.

Education and Accomplishments: BA (History/Folk Studies) Western Kentucky University; MA (Folk Studies) Western Kentucky University. Senior Program Director-Traditional Arts & Film Programs, South Arts (Atlanta, GA), (1999-Present). Directs Folklorists in the South Retreat, South Arts Traditional Arts Grant Program. Exhibits include The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers from 21st Century America, Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art. Film Programmer, Caravanserai, A Place Where Culture Meets. Film Editor for the Journal of American Folklore; Archie Green Student Travel Award Committee (2010-2014); co-chair 2005 AFS Annual Meeting (Atlanta). Consultant, The NAMES Project/The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Previous position: Kentucky Folklife Program (1989-1990), Maine Folklife Center (1990-1993), Florida Folklife Program (1993-1999).

Question: What is the greatest challenge or opportunity facing the field of folklore studies and how, as an Executive Board member, would you respond to it?

Response: For academic, public, and applied folklore programs, AFS partnerships are vital to the sustainability of the field. AFS has developed a number of partnerships—including those with the China Folklore Society, UNESCO, and WIPO—that have provided our field with the opportunity to expand our contributions and impact on scholarship, public programming and public policy. While much has been accomplished, we must continue to explore, create and expand these connections, and pursue new ones. Developing new partnerships, within and beyond AFS, can multiply opportunities. These collective efforts can produce greater understanding of our field, provide new visibility for our work, produce new employment opportunities for our members and increase diversity within our organization. Resourcefulness is one of our greatest assets. Our board, and our membership, must continue to be visionaries and continue to establish productive and innovative partnerships with organizations beyond our usual allies. Strategic connections with new media, for-profit entities, and non-arts government agencies can strengthen and further our mission. If elected to serve on the AFS Executive Board, I will support AFS’s current partnerships and seek new opportunities that will benefit our field and membership.

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