The last of the equipment has been moved off the National Mall, and as we prepare to turn the page to focus our attention on the 2013 programs, we appreciate the incredibly talented and hardy participants with whom we collaborated on this summer’s Festival.We also tip our hats in profound gratitude and respect to our staff, interns, and volunteers, who endured both record high temperatures and a destructive thunderstorm with grace, resilience, and energy.
Here are some of the faces of the hundreds of folks who worked behind the scenes every day to produce the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Images by Festival photographers Pruitt Allen, Harold Dorwin, F.T. Eyre, Francisco Guerra, Walter Larrimore, and J.B. Weilepp are indicated in the captions. All other images provided by Betty Belanus, Josue Castilleja, Sojin Kim, Helen Klaebe, James Mayer, Jennie Terman, and Charlie Weber.