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Digital Resource on Art Environments/Vernacular Architecture: SPACES Archives

Monday, January 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) is a California-based non-profit archive established in 1978 to identify, document, and advocate for the preservation of large-scale art environments, and self-taught art. The organization is directed by folklorist Jo Farb Hernández, a leader in the study of art environments and self-taught art from an ethnographic perspective (and 2006 recipient of AFS' Chicago Folklore Prize).

SPACES recently launched a beautiful digital archive of more than 1,400 art environments around the world, and the organization is regularly digitizing archival holdings, soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites, such as Rev. Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens, or Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain.

The SPACES archive is a wonderful resource for the folklore classroom, for your own research on the subject of art environments -- or in connection to allied fields like vernacular architecture, historic preservation, art history, material culture studies, and museum studies.

Please be sure to explore the Online Collection, the Preservation Toolbox, the SPACES Blog with the latest info on preservation efforts and the exhibition of art environments, and more.

Finally, please consider submitting any site that is not already listed in the index, or donating images you may have taken at some of these wonderful places. Credit is always given, and materials are digitized and cared for in the Aptos, CA archive for perpetuity. Submissions are accepted here:

Browse SPACES here:

And follow each of the SPACES feeds...

For more info, contact Jennifer Joy Jameson,

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