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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2012 Festival Blog

“Outing” Our Humanity: A Personal-Professional Reflection on the 2012 “Creativity and Crisis” Folklife Festival


When The Names Project Foundation came to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage conference room in Spring 2011 toRead More

November 30, 2012   No Comments

Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2


The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living withRead More

November 27, 2012   No Comments

Call My Name: The Quilt at the Women’s Collective, D.C.


On March 3, 2012, a team from The NAMES Project Foundation came to The Women’s Collective in Washington, D.C., toRead More

November 6, 2012   1 Comment

Creating a Citified Community on the National Mall


In reflecting on our experiences at the 2012 Folklife Festival, the team of interns from the Citified: Arts and CreativityRead More

October 17, 2012   No Comments

Ellie Mannette: Father of the Modern Steel Drum


Ellie Mannette, born in Trinidad in 1927, is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”  He is the director ofRead More

October 10, 2012   1 Comment

Gert McMullin: The Power of The Quilt


Gert McMullin, one of the original volunteers with The AIDS Memorial Quilt, reflects on her experiences during the early stagesRead More

October 3, 2012   5 Comments

A Living Artifact of the Lives Lost in the Fight Against AIDS


The 2012 Folklife Festival was closed on one day due to storm damage. The Smithsonian and Festival teams worked tirelesslyRead More

August 21, 2012   No Comments

Power of the Panel


Mike Smith, co-founder of The NAMES Project Foundation, discusses the inspirational power of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Through the storyRead More

August 21, 2012   No Comments

Emily Hoskins: Paralympic Gold Medalist and University of Illinois Alumna


The University of Illinois is home to the oldest post-secondary disability support program in the world. In this video, EmilyRead More

August 10, 2012   1 Comment

Albus Cavus Art Collective


Albus Cavus is a non-profit collective of artists, educators, and visionaries who use art, science, and technology to improve publicRead More

August 10, 2012   No Comments