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Curatorial ConversationsCultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival$
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Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N'Diaye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805980

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.001.0001

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How Folklorists Changed the World: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival as a Catalyst for Change

How Folklorists Changed the World: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival as a Catalyst for Change

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(p.303) How Folklorists Changed the World: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival as a Catalyst for Change
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Curatorial Conversations
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Steve Zeitlin

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0016

This chapter traces the influence of certain programmatic priorities, philosophies, and strategies on shaping the vision of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the ways in which certain Festival notions of art and cultural equity have since suffused American culture. Tracing the impact of the Festival from a personal vantage point, the author explores the Festival's history, suggesting the under-acknowledged contribution of folklorists to American culture and the way the Festival has become a model for other nationally acclaimed organizations such as City Lore in New York City and Story Corps, events such as the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and for media productions such as the Moth Radio Hour.

Keywords:   Bess Lomax Hawes, City Lore, Ralph Rinzler, Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Festival of American Folklife (history), Story Corps

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