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Aims, Frames, and Gains: Context, Curatorship, and Building Cultural Capital

Aims, Frames, and Gains: Context, Curatorship, and Building Cultural Capital

Chapter:
(p.49) Aims, Frames, and Gains: Context, Curatorship, and Building Cultural Capital
Source:
Curatorial Conversations
Author(s):
Daniel E. Sheehy
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0005

Focusing on two Festival music projects in Latin American/American Latino communities, the author (director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) demonstrates the relationship between the extra-Festival strategic goals of building cultural capital and the selection and framing of content. The chapter explores how dynamic contextual frames in the community of origin and the Festival setting itself define and enable meaning and purpose in the Festival presentation. It reflects on how a curatorial outlook colored by performance quality sensibilities, but grounded in the Festival’s social justice heritage, evolved over 29 years of experience to feature presentations of music and narrative sessions that enhance visitors’ understanding of the social, cultural contexts of community performance.

Keywords:   Cultural Capital, Contexts (presentation, social, cultural, performance), Latin American/American Latino communities, Music, Smithsonian Folkways Recording

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