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Neri Torres: Preserving Afro-Cuban Dance in the U.S.

Studying dance ethnology, also known as ethnochoreology, was not always the most obvious path to combine my passions for a dance, history, and production. But, since I began my video production internship with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, my interests have been finding me in ways that can … Continue reading Neri Torres: Preserving Afro-Cuban Dance in the U.S.

The Blue Tablecloths of Georgia:
New Life of an Old Tradition

In the past, textile production held a special place in the country of Georgia’s arts and culture. The oldest samples date back to around the end of the seventeenth century, cotton tablecloths painted in various hues of blue. In the eighteenth century, artisans began creating printed textiles, using woodblocks with … Continue reading The Blue Tablecloths of Georgia:
New Life of an Old Tradition

Programming, Performance, and Public Art:
Inclusion through Intrusion

In the September 2014 national Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) Forum, preservationists, historians, planners, and advocates of Asian and Pacific Islander culture in America gathered to address issues of cultural heritage and how to strengthen representation at both state and national levels of government. Although many assume … Continue reading Programming, Performance, and Public Art:
Inclusion through Intrusion

On Fences, Plazas, and Latino Urbanism:
A Conversation with James Rojas

James Rojas is busy. In 2014, he worked in over ten cities across seven states. In early February 2015, he had just finished leading a tour of East Los Angeles’s vernacular landscape—stopping to admire a market’s nicho for la Virgen de Guadalupe, to tell the history of a mariachi gathering … Continue reading On Fences, Plazas, and Latino Urbanism:
A Conversation with James Rojas

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