The Bea & Dave Roeder Student Travel Award for the AWSF meeting provides $500 in funding to support a student interested in public folklore. The information and application are below. The deadline is March 10, and the recipient will be notified before the March 20 conference registration deadline.



Here is a slightly revised version of the  AWSF 2017 meeting agenda, to allow more flexibility on Saturday when some attendees may want to participate in the local March for Science.



The planning committee for this year’s AWSF wants to provide you with updates on conference registration, hotel reservations, and programming.

Registration – Registration for this year’s AWSF Conference is now open! Use this link:

to register for the Conference and the Graze. The deadline to register is March 15th, 2017.

We have the funding to provide registration scholarships (worth $80) for each attendee, meaning everyone may register for the conference at no cost to themselves.

The Graze will cost $25, with instructions on how to pay included in the registration information.

We also have secured funding to offer 5 travel scholarships of $200. These scholarships will be awarded after the conference in the form of travel reimbursements. If you are in need of one of these scholarships, please indicate that on the registration form.

Hotel Information – Attached. We have reserved blocks of 10 single king rooms and 10 double queen rooms at two different hotels: the Phoenix Inn and the Days Inn – Eugene Downton/University. The Phoenix Inn is closer but slightly more expensive, while the Days Inn
is further but cheaper. Both hotels offer a complimentary breakfast. Information on how to make a reservation at each is in the attached file.

Agenda – Attached. The program is coming together. We still need a facilitator for the workshop on Inter-Regional Collaboration. This topic received strong support in our survey, but if we have no one able/willing to facilitate it, we will sub in a new piece of programming. Anyone?

Once again, the link to register is

You will receive a follow-up email confirming your registration.

If you have any questions please send them to me, Brad McMullen, at You may also call the OFN office at 541-346-3820 to talk to me over the phone.




Thanks to our hosts at the Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon for an excellent meeting last week, April 6-8. They even arranged for warm, sunny weather! We had a session with Cliff Murphy from the National Endowment for the Arts, discussions about new forms of fundraising, presentations from staff with the Art of the Rural, an update on our regional Rivers & Headwaters project, and planning for the 2017 meeting, which will also be held in Oregon–stay tuned for dates and location. And of course there was The Graze, our annual tour of local cultural sites, which this year covered the lively Whiteaker neighborhood with its eateries, wineries, breweries, a pinball arcade, and a glassblowing studio.

Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival is a celebration of the traditional cultures of the city and the state, now in its 29th year. See the festival website at for a full schedule, descriptions of craft and performing artists, and a list of 20 food vendors from a wide array of ethnic traditions. It all takes place on the grounds of the Salt Lake City and County Building, and is well worth a visit. The festival is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and many local funders.

At the close of the 2014 AWSF meeting in Logan, I got a lift to the Salt Lake City airport with a carful of young folklorists newly emerging into the field. For some, this was their first AWSF meeting, and talking about what we had all seen, heard, felt, tried, achieved, and wanted out of the gathering gave me a fresh perspective on this experience – my fourth gathering.  Below is just the first of four topics I captured from our talk on the plane ride home:

What is the purpose of this group and our meetings? The group was founded in the early 1980s to meet the needs of its members, Public Sector Folklorists.  While the core values and skills of this field remain relatively consistent, needs of the group have changed in accordance with other changes in the field and the nation over the last 30 years: funding streams, career opportunities, growing interest in/use of our methods by new practitioners and other fields, media formats, administrative homes and structures, to name a few. While the founding members’ original needs were to share best practices and build skills particular to the work of Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinators (public folklorists) working in State Arts Agencies, new members are seeking creative solutions for entering a field with limited job opportunities, accessing funds from new sectors, getting creative about partnerships, and helping out with policy and advocacy – issues that may not have previously existed when the field was first evolving and had more secure public funds. 
Here are some questions I am left with: Are the current needs of founding members the same as or different than they were at the outset of AWSF? Are they the same as or different than emerging professionals in the field?  How can we meet the needs of all/most attendees?
Thanks to all who participated in the annual meeting.  Thanks to WESTAF for continuing to fund our gatherings and for increasing those resources so that we can bring emerging  professionals into our discussions. Please share your thoughts…


Just a reminder to register by Friday, March 28, 2014 for the AWSF Annual Conference to be held April 10-12, 2014 at the University Inn and Conference Center at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. A detailed agenda is included below.

Held concurrently with the Western States Folklore Society’s annual meeting, attendees should complete the registration form and send fees to: Chrissy Deal at WESTAF, 1743 Wazee Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202. Checks are payable to WESTAF; Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. Registrations may also be faxed to 303.629.9717, sent via email to [at] or by phone at 303.629.1166. (See previous post for forms.)

Attendees are invited to submit a brief bio and summary of current projects online for distribution prior to the meeting. Please complete online at by the March 28th deadline as well.

Hope to see you in a few weeks~


The AWSF Planning Committee

AWSF 2014 FINAL Detailed Agenda