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2012 Festival Video

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

Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen

Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skillsRead More

August 7, 2012   No Comments

Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2012 Folklife Festival

Funk, soul, R&B, and jazz are some of the many influences on multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello’s complex musical style. Here, sheRead More

August 3, 2012   No Comments

Dumpstaphunk at the 2012 Folklife Festival

The New Orleans-based funk band Dumpstaphunk performs “Do Ya” from their album Everybody Want Sum on the National Mall. TheRead More

August 2, 2012   No Comments

George Clinton: Give Up the Funk

Legendary funk artist George Clinton has influenced countless musicians and musical genres ranging from hip-hop to rock. Here, the NationalRead More

August 1, 2012   No Comments

Nu Flava Ink

Husband and wife Charles “Coco” Bayron and Yvonne Bayron share stories about their tattoo shop Nu Flava Ink, located inRead More

July 30, 2012   5 Comments

Mankind’s Oldest Biotechnology: Charlie Bamforth on Beer

Charlie Bamforth, department chair of Food, Science, and Technology at the University of California, Davis, discusses the merits of beerRead More

July 30, 2012   No Comments