The Power of Partnership: Tales From The Millennial Traditional Artists Project


Zoe van Buren (North Carolina Arts Council) and Kathryn Clune (Duke University)

Folklorists Zoe van Buren (NC Arts Council) and Katy Clune (Duke University) look back on a successful public folklife collaboration that took place in the spring of 2019 as part of the NC Arts Council Folklife Program's Millennial Traditional Artists Project, which served an emerging generation of traditional artists with professional development and tools of digital self-presentation. This presentation emphasizes the importance of paying attention to young people at the beginning of their lives as tradition-bearers. It further reflects on the makings of a mutually beneficial partnership, the importance of folklorists-by-other-names, and the potential for public folklife to gain attention and traction in new spaces and with new audiences.

Part of 51-03 Documentation and Presentation of Folk Arts, Friday, October 22, 8:30 am–10:00 am