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In Between Worlds: Folklife Festival vs. Professional Theater

In the summer of 2008, I was freshly out of graduate school and searching for professional approaches toward world cultures and cultural heritage issues. The search led me to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings—an internship that kick-started my career in the arts and has been guiding my work between different cultural and … Continue reading In Between Worlds: Folklife Festival vs. Professional Theater

Still Bearing Fruit: My Internship at Smithsonian Folkways

On a hot afternoon in June 2008, I stood under a large tent at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, ready for the day’s work. As an intern for Smithsonian Folkways, I was to inform customers about our label’s recordings and sell CDs. I often heard behind-the-scenes stories about Folkways’ releases, and … Continue reading Still Bearing Fruit: My Internship at Smithsonian Folkways

We’re All Connected:
Lessons from the Folklife Festival

Sitting in the airport on my way to Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate training for U.S. Agency for International Development partners seems like a fitting time to reflect on my internship experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. I’m reminded that everything in life is connected if we are just willing to … Continue reading We’re All Connected:
Lessons from the Folklife Festival

Tibetsgiving:
Giving Thanks on the Roof of the World

ཟས་བྲོ་ཅན་ཡོད་ན་མགྲོན་ལ་བྱིན། གཏམ་དོན་ཅན་ཡོད་ན་གཉེན་ལ་ཤོད། “If you have delicious food, give it to your guest. If you have important things to say, say it at a wedding.” —Tibetan proverb Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Though it is difficult to look past the holiday’s unsavory origins, the delectable food and coming together … Continue reading Tibetsgiving:
Giving Thanks on the Roof of the World

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