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LA RiverLore! A Professional Development Program in Real Time 0 J. Fivecoate RiverLore is an exciting and innovative professional training program for K-16 and community educators interested in creating highly engaging curriculum centered on their own local communities along and around the Los Angeles River. RiverLore teachers encourage students to follow their own curiosity in discovering and sharing their community's past, exploring its present, while becoming visionaries and advocates for the future. LA RiverLore provide teachers in local schools with the training, inspiration, collaboration, and connections needed to create standards focused service-learning curriculum around their own neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. Join us this year in creating powerful curriculum with social purpose. Registration is now underway. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited.   For more information, visit
by J. Fivecoate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
CWI's 2017 Summer WEST Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability 0 J. Fivecoate Los Angeles, California • July 24-28, 2017 CWI's Summer WEST takes place in one of the world's most vibrant and diverse urban settings. Participants from across the U.S. and around the world spend a week together, with expert training and inspiring peer support and collaboration. We will experience the heart and soul of Los Angeles itself, through a series of inspiring hands-on learning activities. This is your opportunity to move your curriculum or program to the next level. We work in a collaborative design atmosphere to create compelling and transformative learning opportunities for students in their own local communities.   For more information, visit
by J. Fivecoate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Free Oral History and Preservation Workshop 0 S. Larson The Vanishing Treasures Program is sponsoring a free workshop on oral history and historic preservation entitled “If These Walls Could Talk: Successfully Creating and Using Oral Histories in the Preservation of Traditional Resources.” The best preservation treatments are founded in strong historical research and documentation. One often overlooked-- and invaluable--source of historical background are oral history interviews. In this course, participants will learn how to effectively plan and implement all phases of an oral history project and will explore how interviews can in turn help inform preservation treatment plans. Using case studies, classroom presentations and a practicum, participants will gain the tools they need to gather reliable historic information through the use of the spoken word. Dates: Tuesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 14, 2016 Location: Western Center for Historic Preservation, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, WY Instructors: LuAnn Jones, NPS Historian Brenna Lissoway, NPS Archivist Cost: No Tuition. Travel to be paid by benefitting account. To Register: Complete online form: More Information: email to Sponsored by the Vanishing Treasures Program The Vanishing Treasures Program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture in the Western United States, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally associated communities and places of their heritage.
by S. Larson
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Seattle Maritime Events 0 S. Larson The 2016 Seattle Maritime 101 and Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival are designed to showcase and celebrate Seattle’s Five Star Working Waterfront. More than 30 festivals, special events, public tours and other activities are planned from April through May. The highlight is the annual Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival!   May 12 Stories of the Sea, 7 - 10 p.m. Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3909 18th Avenue West Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!!  Limited to 15 performers. To register: Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Vigor and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman.   May 14                Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Harbor Open House, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pier 66 and Downtown Waterfront Three free harbor tours, Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel open house at Bell Street Pier, Vigor welding booth, military and government displays, survival suit public time trials, face painting, spin art, Puget Sound Maritime crafts for kids, Center for Wooden Boats kids’ boat building, and other activities.   The free harbor tours are presented by the Port of Seattle. Learn about the Working Waterfront on a cruise of Elliott Bay. Board the vessel at Pier 66 one-half hour prior to each departure for a 1 hour tour. Departures are 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour. Limit of four tickets per adult.  Tickets are only available on the day of the event at the Port of Seattle information booth.   Participating restaurants in the Chowder Cook-Off include Ivar’s, The Edgewater Hotel’s Six Seven Restaurant, Anthony’s at Pier 66,  Elliott’s Oyster House, Bell Harbor Conference Center, The Crab Pot, and The Fisherman’s Restaurant. Purchase a Chowder Passport at the Festival Information Booth or at any participating restaurant for only $5 and you’ll receive a delicious 3 ounce sample of chowder from each restaurant. Sampling stations are located at the participating restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Propeller Club’s charities.   Confirmed participating vessels for tours in Bell Harbor Marina include the Canadian Navy's Glendyne, Seattle Maritime Academy Instructor, Global Diving’s Munson, King County Research Vessel Liberty, Seattle Harbor Patrol and Seattle Sea Scouts Propeller.  In addition, the Port of Seattle will have their Bomb Squad Truck and Dive Truck and the Coast Guard will have a trailered vessel on the plaza at Pier 66. Also, look for displays from Puget Sound Maritime and Captain's.   Details at   May 20             Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast Marriot Waterfront Hotel          Sen. Patty Murray will be the keynote speaker and the breakfast will include the presentation of the Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award and the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year Award. Details at   *There is no admission charge to the Festival grounds.  All events are subject to change. For more information, go to
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia Exhibition 0 S. Larson (SANTA FE, Jan. 28, 2016)—Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim's, to today's large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners. Sacred Realm runs from February 28, 2016 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Sacred Realm highlights the museum's own wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. What this exhibition presents are interesting similarities within the many countries and regions making up Asia. At best Asia is a construct; for what we think of as one "Asia" is in fact comprised of more than 50 countries, thousands of ethnic groups, more than ten language families (encompassing two thousand plus spoken languages), and is the birthplace to such "world religions" as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as many local religions. And Santa Fe is both microcosm and mirror for a similar diversity of belief systems. Sacred Realm shows the dynamic ways people communicate their ideas of the supernatural, divine, or sacred world (such as God, deities, nature spirits, or other kinds of unseen forces). Almost universally, yet through varied means and belief systems, people have found ways to connect with these powers to bring stability to their lives, to divert ill-will and harm, and to attract love, fertility, prosperity, longevity, and safety – essentially, to harness protection, blessings, and good fortune for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.  Exhibition curator Felicia Katz-Harris explains that, "Oftentimes, when Asian art is exhibited as a survey of a museum's collection, it is presented either geographically or chronologically. This exhibit is unique in that it is presented thematically. In this way, we see the commonalities across Asian cultures and religions."   Sacred Realm features amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects imbued with other-worldly, divine qualities. Whether used in sacred dance, to pray or help individuals show gratitude or ask for specific favors, to interact with ancestors and deities, or to ward off evil and attract positivity, these objects are means to similar ends. Katz-Harris notes, "The exhibit reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that, at the same time, depict the common human desire to attain balance and harmony in the physical and spiritual realms of life." Among diverse Asian cultures similarities can be found in objects' functions as well as in their appearance. Box or tube shaped amulets containing sacred scripture or images are seen from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia. Magical squares – geometric designs containing esoteric numerical formulas or acronyms are found in Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist amulets. Magical squares are also seen as tattoos throughout South and Southeast Asia, and even in parts of the Middle East – embedding the magic into the physical body for protection. Engaging interactive software will allow visitors to learn about these and tattoos and to share their own tattoos and meanings with the community.  Appropriately for this exhibition, the museum's exhibit team worked with a certified Feng Shui designer to spiritually balance the gallery, incorporating basic principles of color and object placement to aid the gallery's harmony and flow. In selecting and interpreting objects from the Museum's collection, the exhibition team worked with a Balinese Hindu Brahmin, a Tibetan Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama, Thai Buddhist monks and spiritual masters, an Islamic Cultural Center, scholars of Asian religion, and three local Jewish Rabbis.    Audiences will enjoy engaging in-gallery activities such as making amulets and creating offerings.  The museum is planning programs throughout the run of the exhibit including dance and music performances, lectures, demonstrations, special art workshops, and more. High resolution images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. Exhibition Opening Day Events From 1 to 4pm there will be activities for the entire family and from 2 to 4 pm the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico will host a reception. 1pm: Opening remarks by exhibition curator Felicia Katz-Harris (MOIFA's Senior Curator, Asian Art)1 to 4pm: Make a Khamsas, an amulet/good luck charm in the form of a decorated and stylized hand and Ema, small decorated wooden plaques like the one's Japanese Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes on. Gamelan Encantada will perform Javanese Temple Music Henna artists will paint blessings on your hand. 2pm and again at 3pm: Quang Minh Lion Dancers 3pm Trupti PanickorTravedi will perform Bharatanatyam-style traditional Indian dance and the Potala Dance Troupe will perform traditional Tibetan dance and song.   Funding for this exhibition provided by: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Cotsen Family Foundation Funds, International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Media Contacts: Steve Cantrell, PR Manager 505-476-1144 Felicia Katz-Harris, Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Folk Art 505-476-1221  
by S. Larson
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Western Folklife Center Presents Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Auction 0 S. Larson The Western Folklife Center Presents the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, from January 25-30, 2016.  In conjunction with the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is conducting an online auction of four "Ultimate" Western Experiences, custom-designed to be amazing Western cultural adventures! You do not want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities developed just for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering audience. Imagine yourself and a loved one: Visiting a cow camp in the Big Horn Mountains and the Flitner's Diamond Tail Ranch in Cody, WY, and meeting Longmire author Craig Johnson; Enjoying a musical and cultural adventure with Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan and acclaimed artists and musicians of the beautiful Zion National Park area; Indulging in an Elko County weekend at the beautiful Maggie Creek and Keddy Ranches, sharing Basque meals and visiting Waddie Mitchell at his home; or Spending a delightful weekend on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona, with hosts Gail Steiger and Amy Hale Auker. Visit for more detail on each trip and to bid on these items today! Bidding starts at $1,500 per trip. You will need to register in order to bid. The auction will conclude at 5:30 pm. Saturday, January 30, at the end of the Silent Auction at the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Please share this with your family and friends who might be interested in these exciting trips. Happy bidding!
by S. Larson
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Hawaiian Lau Hala Exhibition Opens at Maui Arts & Cultural Center 0 S. Larson The Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Bishop Museum is hosting an exhibition of lau hala artifacts and the work of contemporary lau hala weavers in at the Schaefer International Gallery in Hawai‘i from Oct. 20 through Dec. 20, 2015. American Folklore Society Fellows C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell both worked on the exhibit.   To learn more, visit
by S. Larson
Monday, November 2, 2015
YourStory:Record and Remember Website Is Up and Running 0 S. Larson The facilitators of YourStory: Record and Remember are excited to announce that their website has been improved and is up and running again! About YourStory:  YourStory: Record and Remember has as its mission the preservation of the life stories of the people of Utah. Based in the understanding that the art of telling a life is one developed in dialogue, YourStory has provided a safe place and experienced facilitators to guide individuals in the art of self-reflection. Since January 2005, YourStory has helped to preserve over 2,000 life stories on professional-quality CDs that have been shared with families and friends across the country and around the world. Today YourStory volunteer facilitators focus primarily on recording the lives of cancer patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. In addition to these recordings, YourStory now presents an oral history/life story toolkit, so that anyone interested in preserving their own, a family member’s, or a friend’s life story will be able to do so, guided by seasoned professionals. Check it out at
by S. Larson
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Postcommodity Premieres Bi-National Land Art Installation 0 S. Larson An indigenous artist collective, Postcommodity, premieres Repellent Fence, a pilot project of the Community Inspiration Program. Continuing their exploration of contested spaces, the indigenous artist collective, Postcommodity, will present Repellent Fence, the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited on the U.S./Mexican border, October 9-12, 2015 near Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Repellent Fence is comprised of 28 tethered “scare-eye” balloons, ten feet in diameter, floating fifty feet above the desert landscape creating a temporary two-mile-long sculpture that intersects the US/Mexico border. With the Repellent Fence, Postcommodity seeks to build multi-national bridges between American Indian, Mexican and Latin American immigrant communities; demonstrate the interconnectedness of the hemisphere; acknowledge and reaffirm the indigeneity of immigrant peoples, as well as the original inhabitants of this region; and give voice to the land and peoples who exist within an increasingly hostile environment of competing worldviews, economic and political wills, and ever-intensifying surveillance and militarization. The monumental Repellent Fence installation is part of a larger public engagement campaign that includes public programming, performances and the first cross-border art walk in Douglas and Agua Prieta.   To view the original, updated press release, visit For the full press release, please go to 
by S. Larson
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Girls in the Nose Band Reunion 0 A. Intern Austin's infamous lezzie punkster rockers -- featuring our very own Kay Turner -- are cutting loose for reunion shows in Portland and Eugene celebrating their 30th anniversary. Word on the street is that folklorists will be flocking to the Eugene show at Sam Bond's Garage in particular. Details here.Get a glimpse of the action in this unearthed YouTube video.
by A. Intern
Monday, June 8, 2015
MOIFA Presents "Traditional Pots and Provocations" 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Santa Fe, NM—The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on Southern pottery featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones. This is not the first time Clark, Hewitt, and Jones have taken the stage together to debate the present and future of North Carolina pottery. This event, titled Traditional Pots and Provocations, is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. Traditional Pots and Provocations will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4 pm, in the Kathryn O'Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. The roots of the museum's program Traditional Pots and Provocations begin in 2008, with Garth Clark's lecture at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft "How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts," in which he argued that the modern craft movement was dead, destroyed by its own envy of fine arts. That lecture stirred great debate across the country, and incensed North Carolina Matt Jones who heard a podcast of that lecture several years later. Jones crafted a retort to Clark on his blog. "How could the craft movement be dead?" Jones wondered from his pottery workshop in Leicester, North Carolina. "Wasn't I living proof of its existence?" Matt Jones' various blog entries, under the series titles "Critique of the Critic: Rising to Garth Clark's Bait" and "Wrestling with Garth" on Jones' website, show a string of entries, responses and counterarguments that eventually culminated in Jones and other potters touring Clark around North Carolina, where, Clark now states, he was brought back to his own roots in an appreciation of functional pottery. A 2012 symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, brought together Garth Clark, Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and Charlotte Wainwright for a discussion on "Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future."  With its April 19th program Traditional Pots and Provocations, the Museum of International Folk Art contributes to the debate that has been ongoing since Garth Clark's initial 2008 provocation (and historically) on the issues surrounding tradition and change, the field of functional pottery, and the hierarchies of art and craft.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, April 10, 2015
"The Red That Colored the World" Exhibition to Open at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc (Santa Fe, January 26, 2015)—The exhibition The Red That Colored the World opening at the Museum of International Folk Art combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. The Red That Colored the World opens on May 17, 2015, and runs through September 13, 2015. The exhibition translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. Highlighting more than 130 objects—textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more—from the Museum of International Folk Art, private lenders, and museums around the world, the exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials. Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature, and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Their quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th-century Mexico, where Spanish explorers encountered the American cochineal bug. The bug created an unparalleled range of reds with potent economic value. Its ensuing global spread launched an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown. Pre-Columbian weavers used cochineal. So did El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Hispano saint makers and Navajo weavers of the 18th- and 19th-century American Southwest followed suit, as did 20th century-Spanish design icon Mariano Fortuny. Synthetic dyes eclipsed natural sources in the late 19th century, but cochineal's cachet never completely waned. Through such international objects, the exhibition follows the story to today, where cochineal and the color red remain hot commodities in cosmetics and commercial products, contemporary art, fashion and design, and other expressions of popular culture. In development since 2009, The Red That Colored the World is one of the most ambitious exhibitions that the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) has ever produced. A major scholarly collaboration by an international team of curators, art historians, conservation scientists, and humanities consultants, Red tells the epic story of the history and global use in art of American cochineal. Red follows the cochineal insect through a 2000-year journey of global creativity and trade, as expressed through a range of works from pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial artists of Mexico and Peru, to such international painting masters as El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, and José de Ribera, to contemporary New Mexican artists, including Arlene Cisneros Sena, Ramón José López, Rita Padilla Hoffman, D.Y. Begay, and Orlando Dugi. Thanks to a pioneering partnership among conservation scientists from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España in Madrid, Red showcases objects that have tested scientifically positive to contain cochineal. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe from May 17 to September 13, 2015, after which it will travel to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where it will be on view from November 2015 to March 2016. The Red That Colored the World is one of the "Summer of Color" exhibitions taking place throughout Santa Fe during the summer of 2015. High resolution exhibition images for download are available from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. The Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa is the lead sponsor of The Red That Colored the World. The Red That Colored the World has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"Face Jugs of the American South" lecture at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc Face jugs of the American South: Lecture (SANTA FE, January 16, 2015)--Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. The face jug is now an icon of Southern folk art. Jugs with sculpted human faces have been made for generations by traditional potters such as members of north Georgia's Meaders and Hewell families. Where did the idea come from, and what meanings have they had to the makers and owners in the past and today? The earliest Southern examples are from antebellum South Carolina, but were they continuing a pottery tradition brought from the Old World, or are they a uniquely American ceramic expression? John Burrison's illustrated talk, "Face Jugs: Southern Tradition, Human Impulse," will explore possible sources as well as the living tradition of face jugs, and place the Southern examples within a global framework, suggesting that humanoid vessels are virtually universal among clay-working societies. His lecture will take place at 1pm in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Kathryn O'Keeffe Theatre. Immediately following the lecture, walk across Milner Plaza to the Museum of International Folk Art's Atrium, where potter Mike Craven will demonstrate how to make a face jug. A link to downloadable high resolution images from the Media Center is here. About the Program Participants - John A. Burrison, Ph.D., is Regents' Professor of English and director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1966. He is a leading authority on Georgia folk pottery. His publications include From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia (2010); Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture (2007); Storytellers: Folktales and Legends from the South (1989); and Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery (1983). Dr. Burrison has also served as curator at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia since it opened in 2006. - Mike Craven is a 9th-generation potter from a prominent pottery family in northeast Georgia that has been part of this tradition since the early 1800s. He has been working with pottery since he was 11 years old. In 1972, Mike, along with his brother Billy Joe, founded Craven Pottery in Gillsville, Georgia, where Mike Craven continues as principal today. Image Caption Lanier Meaders, Face jug, early 1970s, wood-fired, alkaline-glazed stoneware with kaolin eyes and quartz-pebble teeth, 8 7/8 x 9 x 7 5/8 in. Mossy Creek, GA. Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of Jeff and Emily Camp. (A.1975.26.2) Photo: Addison Doty.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, January 16, 2015
10/15/14: Bulger to give Fife Honor Lecture at Utah State University 0 L. Cashman On Thursday, October 15, 2014, folklorist Peggy Bulger will give a lecture at Utah State University as part of the Fife Folklore Lecture series. The lecture, titled "Full Circle – One Folklorist’s Life in the Public Sector,” will be held at 11:30 am in the Alumni House. Bulger is a former director of the American Folklife Center (1999-2011) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. who has been documenting folklife and developing and managing associated programs for more than thirty-five years. She is the author of South Florida Folklife (with Tina Bucuvalas and Stetson Kennedy), and the editor of Musical Roots of the South. She was the president of the American Folklore Society from 2000-2002. The Fife Honor Lecture is named in memory of Utah State University folklorists Austin and Alta Fife. It has been a USU tradition for over thirty years and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of folklore. Past speakers include Nick Spitzer (Host of Public Radio International's "American Routes"), Trudier Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Carl Lindahl (University of Houston), Burt Feintuch (University of New Hampshire), and Peggy Seeger (folk singer).
by L. Cashman
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wyoming State Museum Exhibition, “Art of the Hunt: Wyoming Traditions” 1 A. Intern I would like to add that the Art of the Hunt project is a joint undertaking of the University of Wyoming American Studies Program and the Wyoming Arts Council, and that fieldwork, planning, and fundraising was also done by Annie Hatch at the WAC, and not just by me, as the UW press release implied. It has been a team effort from the start, and in fact was originally conceived by Annie. Thanks, Andrea Graham
by A. Graham
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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by J. Hernandez
Friday, October 11, 2013
Yosemite Songwriting Retreat: October 11–14, 2013 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat provides a wonderful opportunity for anyone with a desire to work on their songwriting skills or to explore an urge to try songwriting for the first time. This songwriting retreat is an intensive two days and nights of instruction with a variety of strong song writers, performance opportunities, recording opportunities, and jamming. The beautiful, natural setting is near the Merced River canyon and Yosemite National Park. For more information please visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, September 6, 2013
8/25/13, Hollywood Bowl: The Goat Rodeo Sessions 0 L. Cashman Yo-Yo Ma • Chris Thile • ­Stuart Duncan • Edgar Meyer The Goat Rodeo Sessions An evening of Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and beyondAn astounding group of virtuosos – Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Chris Thile on mandolin, Edgar Meyer on bass and Stuart Duncan on fiddle – expands musical horizons from high-spirited Celtic and bluegrass stylings to jazzy improvisations and beyond.Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
4/17/13: Shalom Sabar gives USU Fife Honor Lecture 0 L. Cashman The 32nd annual Fife Honor Lecture, saluting the pioneering work of local folklorists Austin and Alta Fife and hosted by the Utah State University Folklore Program, will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 p.m. in the Haight Alumni House.  This year Professor Shalom Sabar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "The Sacrifice of Isaac in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art."  The public is invited and attendance is free.  Light refreshments will be served.   Shalom Sabar is a Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Born in the neo-Aramaic speaking Kurdish-Jewish community of Zakho, Iraq, Professor Sabar earned his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA , writing on the illustrated marriage contracts of the Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy.  He is one of the foremost experts in the world on the beautiful folk tradition of illustrated marriage contracts ("ketubbot").   His research unites the disciplines of art history and folklore. It highlights issues pertaining to the folk nature of Jewish art and Jewish material culture, visual materials and objects associated with rituals in the life and year cycles, and the evidence these materials provide about the relationships between the Jewish minorities and the societies that hosted them in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.   Among his many books are: Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library (1990); Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997), and The Life Cycle [of the Jews in the Lands of Islam] (2006).   Professor Sabar is a visiting professor at the University of Washington this year and lectures widely in universities, museums, and public institutions in Israel, Europe and the United States. He also guides traveling seminars to Jewish sites in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.   The Fife Honor Lecture is sponsored by the Folklore Program, the Department of English Speaker Series, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.   For more information, please contact Steve Siporin ( or 797-2722).
by L. Cashman
Monday, April 15, 2013
Salt Lake City: Weaving a Revolution:...Contemporary Navajo Baskets 0 L. Cashman Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets Natural History Museum of UtahThe University of Utah301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108January 12--April 28, 2013From the website at a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets is the story of a design revolution that has been underway for the past thirty years along the Utah Strip of the Navajo reservation.  A cluster of families—the Blacks, Bitsinnies, and Rocks—quietly continued the Navajo tradition of ceremonial basket-making generations after basketry died out elsewhere in the region.Weaving a Revolution features more than 150 works of art created over the past thirty years by basket makers from the Monument Valley, Utah area.  Today, they make traditional ceremonial baskets as they always have, but have also created an explosion of design and imagery enthusiastically embraced by both the international art market and fellow Navajos who are aware of this work. Swirling with geometric patterns, stylized plants and animals, and the sacred beings of origin stories, the baskets pay tribute to the past, preserve tradition, and honor creativity.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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