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Sabrina Lynn Motley Named Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Sabrina Lynn Motley, senior director of programs and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center, has been appointed director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, effective Dec. 4. With a diverse background in arts, education, philanthropy and community engagement, Motley is known for theRead More

December 3, 2013   No Comments

Special program with Dr. Franklin Odo to celebrate the publication of Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai`i


(Oxford University Press, 2013) Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:00 pm Location: National Museum of American History Presidential Reception Suite (enter on Constitution Ave.) 1300 Constitution Ave NW Washington D.C., 20560 6:00 to 6:30 – Book signing Books will be available for sale 6:30 to 7:30 – Author’s presentation 7:30Read More

October 30, 2013   No Comments

White House Workers: Traditions and Memories features “The Butler” Eugene Allen


On August 16, 2013, theaters will premiere Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a historical drama that follows the experience of an African American butler in the White House during eight presidential terms from 1952 to 1986. The film’s main character is based on Eugene Allen (1919–2010), a White House butler andRead More

August 8, 2013   No Comments

Remembering Olive Lewin (1927-2013)


Olive Lewin—a renowned Jamaican folklorist, musicologist, singer, actress, and community servant—passed away on April 10, 2013, at the age of eighty-five. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage was honored to work with her on past Folklife Festivals, including the African Diaspora program (1973-1976) and The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters inRead More

April 24, 2013   No Comments

The Stone Carvers Screening at MoMA, February 3, 2:30 pm


CFCH curator Marjorie Hunt joins co-director Paul Wagner at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for a screening of their documentary about the Italian American stone carvers who worked on the Washington Cathedral. This screening is part of the Museum’s series “Oscar’s Docs, 1955-2002: American Series,” which featuresRead More

January 31, 2013   No Comments

Roberto Martínez (1929-2013): Appreciating a Musical Life


Roberto Martínez (1929-2013) was a prominent musician, composer, and standard bearer of northern New Mexican-southern Coloradan musical tradition. He was born in the heartland of New Mexico’s 400-year-old Hispanic community, in the village of Mora, and he lived most of his life in Albuquerque with his wife Ramona and hisRead More

January 15, 2013   No Comments

Save the Date! January 30, 2013—The Will to Adorn lecture by Diana Baird N’Diaye at the Library of Congress


January 30, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Whitthall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington DC Diana Baird N’Diaye will present on The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress as part of the Benjamin A. Botkin Foklife Lecture Series atRead More

January 14, 2013   No Comments

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