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Sandy Spring Museum Seeks Folklife Specialist

Friday, March 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Sandy Spring Museum is a private, independently-operated museum located between Washington, DC and Baltimore. The Museum supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. Originally established as a history museum, the Museum now focuses on building a sense of place, serving as a catalyst for community-building by facilitating opportunities for creative engagement. Its goal is to become the community gathering place. 

 In 2014, the Museum began partnering with Maryland Traditions. Because of the Museum's commitment to folklife programming and support of folklife artists and organizations, in 2019, the Museum was selected to serve as the regional folklife center of Montgomery County, Montgomery Traditions (working name). The Museum seeks to continue this trajectory by bringing on a Folklife Specialist with experience in a community-focused organization, who brings energy, enthusiasm, a talent for relationship-building, an entrepreneurial approach to his/her work, and is creative and self-motivated. 

The Folklife Specialist makes recommendations for and implements support systems in order to foster countywide folklife practices through the responsibilities listed. What is folklife? Folklife is community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Key to this position is working collaboratively with folklife practitioners, allowing for self-determination in the kind of support provided by the Museum, which could include exhibits, performances, space, classroom use, technical support, and more.

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