The Will to Adorn

Introduction

What Now, What Next?

Since its launch in 2010 the Will to Adorn Project has gained significant momentum. The project partners have continued to document and interview people, and a beta version of the research protocol Web site continues to be refined. Research and presentations have featured project work in New York, Washington, D.C., St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This work has also been professionally recognized through research and awards support by the Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Program and the Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation. Watch the online conference hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

We are eagerly looking towards the future. In the coming months and years, we will deepen our research, expand our partnerships, and continue to fundraise for support of our work, which will be presented in a future Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, a major publication, a travelling exhibition, and a public Web site.

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Alfred Street Baptist Church Runway Fashion show, May 12, 2012.
Photo by Sharon Farmer, Smithsonian Institution