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Missouri Folk Arts Program Seeks Contractor for Folklore Survey

Thursday, August 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) at the University of Missouri seeks to contract with a professional folklorist to conduct a folklife/arts Show Me Folk field survey with documentation in Jackson County, Missouri, including within the ethnically diverse Historic Northeast Kansas City Neighborhood.

The field survey is a major component in MFAP’s Show Me Folk efforts to engage newly identified traditional artists; engender deeper understanding of established and emerging cultural communities; and spark a working relationship between MFAP, its partners, and those artists for projects and public programs. The target region—Jackson County and the Historic NKC Neighborhood—has long been multi-ethnic. Previously Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants populated the area. More recently, immigrants from Mexico, South Sudan, Somalia, Vietnam, and Central America, for instance, call the neighborhood home. “Historic Old Northeast” residents speak over thirty-five languages. Nearby Sugar Creek is home to the annual Slavic Festival, with tamburitza music and traditional dance, celebrating those Eastern European immigrants who came to work for Standard Oil in the early 20th century, as well as their descendants.

A successful project will result in the identification and documentation of approximately 8–15 folk/traditional artists; their cultural communities; and, where feasible, a cultural event. At least one-fourth of the artists should be appropriate for introduction into MFAP and Missouri Arts Council projects (i.e. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program; MAC’s Touring Program; or public demonstrations/performances). 

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