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The 2018 AFS Annual Meeting Offers Professional Development Opportunities

Thursday, October 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

You'll find a number of opportunities to build your professional skills at the 2018 Annual Meeting, whether you're just starting out or pushing yourself further. AFS is committed to providing diverse professional development opportunities for our field, and the annual meeting is an opportunity to grow through AFS-sponsored sessions with funders, consultants, educators, archivists, and museum staff. Here is a roundup of the professional development opportunities on offer at this year's meeting:

Wednesday, 1:00–4:00 pm

Culture through Comics: An Ethnographic Cartooning Workshop                                             

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section and the Vermont Folklife Center

Preregistration required

Marek Bennett (Marek Bennett’s Comics Workshop)

Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

Ethnographic cartooning is emerging as a powerful tool for cultural representation. In this workshop we will explore the concepts and challenges of ethnographic cartooning, learn the basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, and then try our hands at drawing our own original comics. We invite participants to bring their own primary source materials or use sample materials from the Vermont Folklife Center archives. Participants each create 1+ pages of original comics drawn from primary source texts and go home with the skills necessary to continue drawing ethnographic comics in their community. No experience required—everyone can draw comics!

Experiments in Exhibition: In-Reach—New Directions in Museum-Community Partnerships 

Sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and the Folklore and Museums Section
Preregistration required

Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM)

Michael Knoll (HistoryMiami Museum)

Edward Yong Jun Millar (Castellani Art Museum)

Suzanne Seriff (University of Texas, Austin)

The fourth Experiments in Exhibition Workshop explores the unique skills that museum-based folklorists can bring to community-generated initiatives and projects beyond the museum walls. While most of us are experts in drawing on community lore and voices for our own exhibition and outreach projects, this workshop explores “in-reach,” following the recommendation of the American Alliance on Museums. The workshop will address how to inventory our unique museum-related assets and skill sets to more effectively serve our collaborating community partners in their own curatorial, archival, or storytelling projects. After a participatory exercise in institutional asset mapping, the workshop will address the transferability of curatorial, digital storytelling, and archival skills to community developed projects; propose strategies for framing and communicating these skills; and discuss challenges in balancing such community needs and commitments with the demands of our own museum-based initiatives. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm real-life solutions, based on their own newly honed tools of the trade, with members of Buffalo’s Turkish and Bhutanese Nepali communities, who will seek advice for how to effectively implement their nascent ideas for low-budget community projects.

Thursday, 10:15 am–12:15 pm, Room 101E

02-02 The Freedom to Freelance—Find Your Why, How and When       

Sponsored by the Independent Folklorists’ Section, the New York Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts

Dana L. Saylor (Confluence Creative Engagement)

Andrew Delmonte (Small Business Development Center)

Kevin Heffernan (Rise Collaborative)

This workshop will inspire and motivate you to pursue your independent career or, for those already established, share new ideas. Creative entrepreneur Dana Saylor, Buffalo-based architectural historian, artist, preservation advocate and event planner, leads the session, with presentations by other talented and dynamic professionals. Topics include: small business types and basic finances; social media strategies, including how taking a stand can garner engagement with your desired audience; and why emotional vulnerability can be good business. With rotating breakout sessions, you’ll get face-time with each of the presenters and plenty of opportunity for lively discussion.

Friday, 8:00–10:00 am, Room 101E

04-02 Forming Foundations—Building Relationships in the Private Sector

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society, the New York Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts

Catherine Gura (The Children’s Guild Foundation)

Maureen Hurley (Oishei Foundation)

Cristin McPeake (Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley)

Paula Miller (The William G. Pomeroy Foundation)

Caitlin Zulewski (Healthnow)

As government funding tightens, folklorists are turning to the private sector for funding. However, we come up against funders who do not understand folklore or the value of funding folklore projects. Participate in a discussion with grantors from business, corporate, private, and family foundations about how to create partnerships for successful fundraising. How do we engage and inform potential funders about the impact of supporting folklore projects that benefit a diverse and inclusive audience?

Friday, 10:15 am–12:15 pm, Room 101E

05-02 NEA and NEH Grants Mini-Workshop—From Soup to Nuts (and Bolts)     

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society

Mary E. Downs (National Endowment for the Humanities)

William Mansfield (National Endowment for the Arts)

Clifford R. Murphy (National Endowment for the Arts)

Join colleagues from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as they cover grant programs related to folklife documentation, presentation, and archiving, with tips for submitting successful applications. Presenters will discuss various grant programs, timelines, available funding, and strategies for success. Additionally, ideas about the kinds of projects that fit into the Endowments’ strategic visions for funding will be discussed. Bring current or potential project ideas to discuss, or come to learn from your colleagues as you consider submitting an NEA or NEH grant application.

Saturday, 8:00–10:00 am, Room 101E

07-02 Ask a Folklorist—Career Advice for New Professionals

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section, the Folklore and Museums Section, the Graduate Student Section, the Independent Folklorists’ Section, and the Public Programs Section

Violeta Palchik (George Mason University), chair

Adrienne Decker (Utah Division of Arts & Museums)

Susan Eleuterio (Goucher College)

Lisa L. Higgins (Missouri Folk Arts Program/University of Missouri)

Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

Job-seeking for folklorists can be daunting. In this forum, chaired and moderated by a member of the AFS Graduate Student Section, a group of representatives from the Archives and Libraries, Folklore and Museums, Independent Folklorists’, and Public Programs sections will discuss jobs in their respective fields and answer career-related questions from attendees. The discussion will not have a formalized agenda but will instead take its direction from audience inquiries. Moreover, the forum format allows for two-way conversation; veteran folklorists will themselves have the opportunity to hear directly from job-seekers about the challenges presented by the 21st-century job market and come away with new ideas to improve hiring processes.

Saturday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Room 109

07-14/08-14 Folk Arts Education Workshop: Culture, Community, and Classroom         

Sponsored by the Folklore and Education Section, Local Learning, the New York Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts

Lisa Rathje (Local Learning) and Paddy Bowman (Local Learning), chairs

Amanda Dargan (City Lore)

Ellen McHale (New York Folklore Society)

In August 2018, folk artists and teachers from Western New York participated in an intensive two-day Local Learning professional development workshop. Then, eight educators and artists from this workshop were paired in order to bring the skills and lessons learned into two-day mini-residency classroom visits in the fall. Come to this dynamic session to learn from these local artists and the teachers who hosted them about what worked with their students, and help problem-solve what did not. Discover more about radically inclusive models of folklore in education, and take advantage of the planned peer networking activities. This session will start with coffee at 8:30 am.


The professional development sessions during concurrent sessions will be videotaped and made accessible in the AFS Collection in IUScholarWorks and on the AFS YouTube Channel in the weeks after the meeting. The professional development workshops will not be recorded.

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