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North Carolina Arts Council Presents Millennial Traditional Artists Directory

Friday, January 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Folklife Program at the North Carolina Arts Council has just released the Millennial Traditional Artists (MTA) Directory—the outcome of the first stage of its Millennial Traditional Artists Project.

In North Carolina, you’ll find choreographers, duck decoy carvers, opera singers, traditional potters, poets, composers, bluegrass fiddlers, jazz musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, novelists, filmmakers, songwriters, actors, playwrights and more across the state.

The MTA Directory is comprised of artist profiles written and vetted by folklorist fieldworkers. Artists were identified through fieldwork and participation in Millennial Traditional Artist Project programs.

Over the last four years, the Folklife Program has been documenting, surveying, presenting, and providing professional development resources for the next generation of artists carrying on and creating living traditions in North Carolina. The MTA project has taken an intentionally big-tent look at what tradition means right now, what it is going to mean in the future, and how North Carolina Arts Council can think differently about the needs, concerns, and identities of traditional artists and local creatives coming up in the digital age of interconnection and self-representation. So far, the MTA Project has included a statewide needs survey, the "Generation Now!" Folklife area at the 2017 National Folk Festival, two professional development gatherings, free portraiture photography sessions, and an exhibit through a partnership with Duke University, media opportunities, and collaboration with arts partners to present artists documented in the directory. While the directory is not an official artist roster, it is an invitation to learn more about how young people are participating in cultural heritage and community arts, and their professional availability is included.

To learn more about or to access the Millennial Traditional Artist Directory, visit Directories.



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