Kentucky Archive

Loving Place, Culture, and Identity: A Recollection of Another Folklore Conference

Contributor Nic Hartmann recently attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society and offers this discussion of two powerful presentations, reminding readers what it means to love the local and the importance of translating conferences addresses into everyday action.   Were you at AFS this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these talks
Category: Community Action

“What Could be the Meaning or Use of Such Love?”: Berry’s “A Native Hill.”

I recently reread Wendell Berry’s essay, “A Native Hill,” a winding exploration of home, the importance of knowing a place deeply, and our collective responsibilities to the land.  Born in 1934, Berry is a novelist, cultural critic, and a farmer who lives on his family’s land in Kentucky. Best known for his direct and eloquent
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Reader Submission: The Growth of Sunflowers

Earlier this year reader when we asked about readers’ gardens, Mary Ashby shared this wonderful photo of her son with his sunflower seedlings. The caption reads: “My little boy, very proud of his first sunflower sprouts. This is day 4 after planting.” We asked her if she’d keep us posted on how they turned out. This
Category: Connection to Land/Place

“Deep Roots:” Poetry, Place, and the Lexington Tattoo Project.

The Lexington Tattoo Project is part living art project, part love letter, and part exploration of what it means to call a place home. A project envisioned by artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, a total of two hundred and fifty Lexington residents have chosen to have the words of poet Bianca Spriggs tattooed on their bodies. All
Category: Art

“The Thirteen,” an Exhibit and Live Music/Spoken Word Performance Paying Homage to Thirteen Black Women Lynched in Kentucky.

The Morlan Gallary on the campus of Transylvania University in central Kentucky is currently hosting the exhibit “The Thirteen,” a visual art exhibition and live musical/spoken word performance paying homage to thirteen black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. According to the university, “The exhibit will feature photographs and video
Category: African American

Rethinking Community: Canada and a Folklorist’s Realization

Today’s post comes from our newest contributor to the blog, Nic Hartmann. A folklorist and PhD candidate, Hartmann discusses moving to Newfoundland, the economic and cultural diaspora facing residents of the community where he lives, and the importance of attachment to place as both concept and geographical location. One of the things he is learning
Category: Uncategorized

Friday Video: Nikky Finney reading “Left” and “Penguin Mullet Bread.”

Earlier this week we posted about Kentucky-based writer and artist Bianca Sprigg’s recent essay regarding the importance of writer’s communities in the lives of budding authors. Throughout her essay Spriggs speaks of her involvement with the Affilachian Poets and the ongoing inspiration of poet Nikky Finney (more on the Affrilachian poets and their amazing work as
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Cave Canem, Community, and Art: Bianca Spriggs Discusses the Importance of Writing Workshops and Valuing the Craft.

Last week Verse Wisconsin published an essay by Lexington, Kentucky-based author Bianca Spriggs entitled “Home is Where the Art Is: Writing as Community.” A member of the Affrilachian Poets, Cave Canem fellow, author and multidisciplinary artist, Spriggs is the author of Kaffir Lily (2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (2011), and the director of the short film, Waterbody
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Feeling the Music: The River City Drum Corps.

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of community tradition, community action, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  Last week we posted about the Kentucky Community Scholars Reunion and mentioned Ed White and the River City Drum Corps. We’ve had the chance to see the Drum Corps in a few
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Kentucky Community Scholars Reunion And Discussion of Community-Based Work.

This past Saturday in Frankfort, Kentucky, Bob Gates, Amanda Hardeman, Mark Brown and the Kentucky Folklife Program hosted a Community Scholars Reunion.  The event brought together community workers from around the state to discuss their current projects, share resources, and  discuss best practices. The event also celebrated the 23rd Anniversary of the Folklife Program. The
Category: Community Action