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Good Enough for Government Work?: Federal Agencies at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Good Enough for Government Work?: Federal Agencies at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Chapter:
(p.111) Good Enough for Government Work?: Federal Agencies at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Source:
Curatorial Conversations
Author(s):
James I. Deutsch
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0008

The author addresses the benefits and liabilities of presenting domestic government agencies as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, making evident that the negotiations involved can be as complicated for curators as those in the international arena. The chapter poses the questions of whether the Smithsonian “sold out” to Forest Service, NASA, and Peace Corps agencies, as some critics have charged? Or whether the presentation of tree pathologists and wildlife biologists in 2005; astronauts and astrophysicists in 2008, and volunteers and their partners from fifteen different countries in 2011 support the goals and mission of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival?

Keywords:   Federal Agencies, NASA, Occupational Culture, Peace Corps, U.S. Forest Service

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