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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Seeks Curator for Folklife Festival

Monday, November 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez
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With funds from a Lilly Endowment planning grant, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will hire a dedicated curator experienced in exploring religion in the public sphere. Deadline to apply is November 18.

In 2022, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will present Living Religions in Twenty-First-Century America (tentative title) to highlight the stories and experiences of hundreds of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Native Americans, Muslims, Sikhs, the followers of African-inspired religions, and others. These participants will share the lived religious experience and everyday practices of diverse communities with more than 700,000 people on the National Mall and more than ten million people through digital resources. Using content generated through research and at the Festival, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will share sensitive and powerful videos, images, text, and sound on a wide range of social media platforms to reach digital audiences.

Living Religions will explore the key idea that America’s diverse faith traditions are a wellspring of creativity. What do Americans create from their faith traditions? How does religion help communities sustain a sense of belonging and difference? How does it nurture a relationship with their histories and heritage? What are the major themes that animate American religion (such as faith, devotion, ecstasy/transcendence, community, and spirituality)? How are religious ideas (like charity and care for the environment, for example) expressed in social action?

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