Wednesday, October 11

V2-02 Self-representation in Cultural Documentation and Archival Preservation: Projects in the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants Program

Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Michelle L. Stefano (American Folklife Center)

3:30 pm
Follow the Music: Exploring the Multi-Linear Legacies of House Culture
Junious Lee Brickhouse (Urban Artistry Inc.)

3:45 pm
Documenting the Thai American Experience in Los Angeles
Chanchanit Martorell (Thai Community Development Center)

4:00 pm
Celebrating CHamoru Nobenas
Lola Quan Bautista (University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa)

4:15 pm
Documenting the Stories, Agricultural Traditions, and Culture of Specialty Coffee Farmers in Puerto Rico
Russell Griffin Oliver (American Folklife Center)

4:30 pm
Rooted on the Line
Karen Queen Nur Abdul-Malik (AFS)

4:45 pm
Of, For, and By: The American Folklife Center Community Collections Grants Program
Michelle L. Stefano (American Folklife Center)

5:00 pm

The session convenes American Folklife Center Community Collections Grant recipients to discuss their documentation projects, experiences and challenges, and reflect on the need to bolster community self-representation in documentation and archival preservation processes, and what such efforts entail. Since 2022, the grant supports individuals and organizations in documenting community traditions, and preserving and making accessible their documentation in the AFC archives and online, and in community repositories. Projects span the U.S. and territories, and focus on a range of contemporary cultural practices, with each uplifting and safeguarding a distinct array of cultural legacies, insights, and perspectives to be shared.