From an Idea to a Living Institution: The New Jersey Folk Festival


Angus Kress Gillespie (Rutgers University)

In graduate school, Professor Don Yoder introduced me to the Kutztown Folk Festival in Pennsylvania. So when I first came to Rutgers in the early 1970s, I had the idea in the back of my mind of wanting someday to start a folk festival. Through a number of lucky circumstances, I got the opportunity to launch the New Jersey Folk Festival in 1975. Suddenly, I found myself dealing with planning, fieldwork, budgeting, staffing, and the production of the event.

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