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2018 Annual Meeting: Pre-Conference Events
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Most events, including professional development sessions, will be open to all meeting attendees without registration. However, these opportunities on Wednesday, October 17, require advance registration by August 31:


The Local Planning Committee is finalizing plans for guided tours that will require advance registration; more information will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, they have shared ideas for self-guided excursions for those who can extend their stay, or for those who have a few hours to get away.


Culture Through Comics: An Ethnographic Cartooning Workshop 
Sponsored by the AFS Archives and Libraries Section and the Vermont Folklife Center

Marek Bennett
(Marek Bennett's Comics Workshop)
Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

Ethnographic cartooning is emerging as a powerful tool for cultural representation. In this workshop we will explore the concepts and challenges of ethnographic cartooning, learn the basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, and then try our hands at drawing our own original comics. We invite participants to bring their own primary source materials or use sample materials from the Vermont Folklife Center archives. Participants each create 1+ pages of original comics drawn from primary source texts and go home with the skills necessary to continue drawing ethnographic comics in their community. No experience required--everyone can draw comics!

Wednesday, 1:00 am–4:00 pm, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Registration fee: $25. Click here to register.

Experiments in Exhibition
In-reach: New Directions in Museum-Community Partnerships

Sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum and the
AFS Folklore and Museums Section

Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM)
Michael Knoll (HistoryMiami Museum)
Edward Millar (Castellani Art Museum)
Suzanne Seriff (University of Texas, Austin)

The fourth Experiments in Exhibition Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Castellani Art Museum, explores the unique skills that museum-based folklorists can bring to community-generated initiatives and projects beyond the museum walls. While most of us are experts in drawing on community lore and voices for our own exhibition and outreach projects, this workshop explores “in-reach,” following the recommendation of the American Alliance on Museums. The workshop will address how to inventory our unique museum-related assets and skill sets to more effectively serve our collaborating community partners in their own curatorial, archival, or storytelling projects. After a participatory exercise in institutional asset mapping, the workshop will address the transferability of curatorial, digital storytelling, and archival skills to community developed projects; propose strategies for framing and communicating these skills; and discuss challenges in balancing such community needs and commitments with the demands of our own museum-based initiatives.  Workshop participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm real-life solutions, based on their own newly honed tools of the trade, with members of Buffalo’s Turkish and Bhutanese Nepali communities, who will seek advice for how to effectively implement their nascent ideas for low-budget community projects.

Wednesday, 1:00 am–4:00 pm, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Registration fee: $25. Click here to register.

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