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2013 Festival Blog - The Will To Adorn

Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective


Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio forRead More

February 4, 2014   1 Comment

Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune Remembered


The Will To Adorn program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival explored the identity and culture of African Americans throughRead More

August 7, 2013   No Comments

Voguing at the Ball


Earle Bannister, a Baltimore tailor, talks to presenter Althea Grey-McKenzie about the history of voguing, a dance style that originatedRead More

August 2, 2013   No Comments

Faith and Fashion: Anthony Gaskins’ Hat Revival


Milliner Anthony Gaskins discussed the history of hats in the African American community and also displayed some of his workRead More

July 26, 2013   No Comments

A History of Urban Dance: Urban Artistry Performance


The performances of Urban Artistry, an international collective of artists and dancers, reveal how street culture aligns music and danceRead More

July 18, 2013   No Comments

The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony


  Alexis Gumbs, a textile artist, political advocate, and presenter at the Will to Adorn program, reads a poem atRead More

July 17, 2013   No Comments

Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos


Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of dazzling visitorRead More

July 13, 2013   No Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #10


On the last day of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, we are delighted to bring you our tenth gallery ofRead More

July 7, 2013   2 Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 7, 2013


After ten days of extraordinary performances, workshops, and demonstrations, the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is officially over. We are honored and inspiredRead More

July 7, 2013   4 Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #9


Putting together daily galleries of visitor photos of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is always a pleasure, and this gallery isRead More

July 6, 2013   1 Comment