02-01 Tending the Taproot: Opportunities to Support Folk & Traditional Arts in the United States – A Call and Response Forum

Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Pavilion Ballroom

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Amy Kitchener (Alliance for California Traditional Arts)

Forum participants:

Maribel Alvarez (University of Arizona)

Selina Morales (Interdependent Folklorist)

Elizabeth Peterson (American Folklife Center, emerita)

This forum invites participants to think together about the national support systems for the folk and traditional arts. We share findings and the call to action from the recent Tending the Taproot publication by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts that resulted from a planning effort to re-center the value of the traditional artist as a catalyst for the transformative and restorative impact of arts in society. We map recent critical advances, gaps, challenges and opportunities and make space to imagine and collectively source the future in nurturing systems that can “tend the taproot” of community knowledge and expression.