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AFS and Missouri Folk Arts Partner on Webinars to Explore Issues in Remote Fieldwork

Tuesday, April 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

In conjunction and conversation with the AFS-OHA webinar on Fieldwork and Digital Audio Technology, Thomas Grant Richardson will offer two “breakout sessions” to frame some questions about doing fieldwork in remote ways, and to offer direct advice and consulting depending on your organizational or personal goals. 

For more information about the series of three AFS-sponsored webinars on “Making the Best of Remote Fieldwork,” see the AFS Review.


Friday, April 24, 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Virtual Breakout Session on Remote Fieldwork: Getting Started in Making the Best of a Remote Situation, with Thomas Grant Richardson (independent folklorist, fieldworker, and traditional arts consultant) 

This webinar will address how fieldwork can be undertaken remotely in situations where distance is required. Richardson will discuss what tools one might need, what kind of work can be done remotely, and showcase and explore models to consider based on work being done for the Show Me Folk initiative from the Missouri Folk Arts Program. 

Free to AFS and OHA members; $25 for non-members.  Register here.

Friday May 8, 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Virtual Breakout Session on Remote Fieldwork: Q and A to Discuss Particular Needs for Projects and Individuals, with Thomas Grant Richardson (independent folklorist, fieldworker, and traditional arts consultant) and John Fenn (American Folklife Center)

This webinar will employ an informal roundtable approach, taking time to answer your questions and allowing you to think through your own struggles together with a group of colleagues who are similarly finding creative responses in their work. 

Seating is limited.  If needed, we will divide registrants for this webinar into multiple webinars so that individual needs are addressed. 

Free to AFS and OHA members; $25 for non-members.  Register here.

Thomas Grant Richardson is an independent folklorist, fieldworker, and traditional arts consultant based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has conducted contract fieldwork in Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, and Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

About Missouri Folk Arts: 

With dedicated NEA Folk & Traditional Arts Partnership and Missouri Arts Council funds, Missouri Folk Arts manages annual Show Me Folk surveys to identify new-to-us artists; develop deeper understanding of established and emerging cultural communities; and spark relationships with local organizations via workshops. Annually, staff identifies a region or community under-served, or under-surveyed, within the state, then engages local liaisons to co-coordinate exchanges with local culture stewards, performers, and artisans for documentation by a visiting ethnographic folklorist. Staff and advisers then develop culminating public events, such as small exhibits, concerts, and demonstrations. The discovery and showcase project alternates annually from rural to urban communities.

 



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