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 for teens, to help document the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A group of students produced three videos (embedded in the article below), and team member Alexis … Continue reading Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

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 through the lens of dress. During one session, Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, highlighted the contributions to society and … Continue reading Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune Remembered

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 work in a fashion show at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Members of the Takoma Street Baptist Church model Gaskins’ hats and talk about the importance … Continue reading Faith and Fashion: Anthony Gaskins’ Hat Revival

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 dance with dress. Members are educators as well as performers and operate with the idea that culture is not stagnant, but rather is alive and breathing, … Continue reading A History of Urban Dance: Urban Artistry Performance

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 at the closing ceremonies of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Will to Adorn focused on the diversity of the African American community as seen through the lens of … Continue reading The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony

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 visitor photographs in our Best of the Festival Gallery to help you do just that. Thank you to all of this year’s talented visitors who chose … Continue reading Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos