Families Share Culture: When Virtual Space Creates Intimacy


Kelly Armor (Independent)

A children’s museum in Erie, Pennsylvania engaged a folklorist to produce a YouTube video series highlighting the culture of seven local New American households. Done completely remotely at the height of the pandemic, parents filmed their children as they welcomed a virtual visitor into their home and shared foodways, greetings, dance, clothing, and even a new fish tank. This successful project brought together museum staff, volunteers, New American folk artists and families with virtual fieldwork, video documentation, interviews, intergenerational and cross cultural conversation, broad community engagement, and much joy into an otherwise dark time.

Part of 64-02 Community Building: Barriers and Breakthroughs, Saturday, October 23, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm