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Honoring the Amazon:
A Rainforest Craft Activity for Kids

Following the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson dedicated a national day to honoring the environment. The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970, as twenty million Americans spoke out about environmental issues. The day resulted in heightened environmental awareness and brought together … Continue reading Honoring the Amazon:
A Rainforest Craft Activity for Kids

The Jerusalem Program Goes GALACTIC

Some Folklife Festival programs materialize. Others, despite considerable investment, don’t. The Jerusalem program, “postponed” in 1993 and thriving in new forms twenty-five years later, affirms that Festival programs can become more than ephemeral “exhibitions.” The immense resources required to conceptualize this daring engagement across contentious communities are sustainable and adaptable … Continue reading The Jerusalem Program Goes GALACTIC

Energetic Efficiency: Oil and Coal Workers at the 1978 Folklife Festival

On April 18, 1977, in a televised speech from the White House, President Jimmy Carter delivered sobering news to the nation: “Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our … Continue reading Energetic Efficiency: Oil and Coal Workers at the 1978 Folklife Festival

Turquoise Mountain Showcases Cultural Sustainability in Afghanistan

To many Americans, Afghanistan is abstract: a place of hostility and violence, war-torn and ruined. Historically, the country is a vibrant place along the Silk Road, a cultural intersection of the Hellenistic world, India, China, and Persia. It has long been known for its unique syncretic culture, but after years … Continue reading Turquoise Mountain Showcases Cultural Sustainability in Afghanistan

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