I’m honored and excited to be speaking this weekend at the Folklorists in the South retreat in Memphis, Tennessee. Sponsored by South Arts, this retreat brings together folklorists and other cultural workers from both the academic and public sectors for a weekend of discussions, panels, networking, and more. The event will also include updates from national partners, media presentations, concerts, and field trips.
I’ll be spekaing Sunday morning on a panel about Creative Economies and the Media Arts alongside Folklorist and BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin and Steve Grauberger, producer of the Alabama Arts Radio series with of the Alabama Folklife Program. I will discuss my work with media as a participatory action research tool, how media can help build and sustain community, and the role different aspects of media can play in inter-generational outreach and partnerships. I’ll also touch on my work with the McElroy House and the role interactive media plays as both an organizing tool and an aspect of educational programing.
Other panels will include updates from National Endowment for the Arts, the American Folklife Center, and the NASSA Folk Arts Peer Group. There will also be sessions detailing research and the creative economies, programing and creative economies, and a visit and tour with Levon Williams, curator with Stax Records.
I’m looking forward to learning from my peers and discovering new ways of working in the south. I’m also very excited to have this opportunity to discuss the Boiled Down Juice, the McElroy House, and work happening in central Arkansas. I hope to see you there!