Peace Corps Kenya began in 1964 and remains one of the oldest Peace Corps programs in Africa. Over six thousand Peace Corps Volunteers have served the people of Kenya in meeting its development goals by providing expertise and training in various disciplines. In 1992, the deaf education sector was initiated … Continue reading Educating Deaf Communities in Peace Corps Kenya
We have just added an online exhibition about Malian Bogolan (mud cloth) to the website of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. This exhibition draws upon the documentation of Malian artists who participated in the 2003 and 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, and it includes audio tracks and video. It was compiled by Meghan … Continue reading Malian Bogolan Online Exhibition
This installment of Festival Audio features a conversation with two returned Peace Corps volunteers: Jimmy Schneidewind, who served in Mozambique from 2007 to 2009 in HIV/AIDS and health education, and Yung-Mei Haloski, who served in China from 1997 to 1999 as a university English teacher. In this discussion about “What … Continue reading Festival Audio – Conversation: “What Peace Corps Volunteers Do”
The Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine, reconnects local orphaned children with their region’s culture and heritage through performances of Ukraine’s diverse song and dance traditions. The group prepared an original performance for the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by Michael Headley, Mitch Malasky, and Eric Griffis; editing by Michael … Continue reading Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine
In her work with the Peace Corps, Frances Parsons has worked to promote communications for deaf people in communities around the world. Videography by Brandon Callahan and Mitch Malasky; editing by Brandon Callahan.
Congressman John Garamendi and his wife were both Peace Corps volunteers in the late 1960s. In this video of a discussion at the 2011 Festival, Garamendi describes how the community in which he was living in Ethiopia reacted to the assassinations of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. … Continue reading John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia
Here are the top ten photos posted on Flickr from day ten of the Festival. While the 2011 Festival is now over, we hope you’ll keep uploading those gorgeous images to our Festival Flickr site. We’ll soon be ready to choose our favorites from among the top ten lists. As a … Continue reading Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Ten