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ACTA and AFC Release Summary from Convening, Invite Readers to Contribute

Monday, October 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

On September 2018, in DC, many came together for the National Support Systems for Folklife, Traditional Arts, and Cultural Heritage, a meeting which was convened by California Traditional Arts (ACTA) and American Folklife Center (AFC). The convening brought together a group of folklorists and others in related fields to explore the topic of existing infrastructure for folk arts and cultural heritage in the United States, as well as opportunities and challenges for future collaborative strategies.

ACTA and the AFC wanted to spark a discussion about the current state of national infrastructure, networks, or support for folk arts and traditional culture. Some questions that were discussed are:

  • What services are being offered?
  • What are the gaps and obstacles?
  • What are the opportunities and strategies?
  • What form would national service take?
  • Is it even feasible or desirable to pursue coordinated planning for national service or support at this moment in time?

The report identifies common themes, areas of concern, and possible next steps. Readers are encouraged to comment and add to the description by sharing their thoughts with both organizations.

Access the report here.

Additionally, ACTA and AFC invite readers to attend “National and Regional Support Networks for Public Folklore: Where We Are and Where We Are Going” on Friday, 2–4pm at the AFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore where they will be talking about this and other collaborative directions to strengthen the field of folklife, traditional arts, and cultural heritage



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