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.
April 14, 2016
May 4, 2014
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 http://livingtraditionsfestival.com 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.
April 21, 2014
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:
March 18, 2014
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 chrissy.deal [at] westaf.org 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 http://bit.ly/1g0UstW by the March 28th deadline as well.
Hope to see you in a few weeks~
The AWSF Planning Committee
March 1, 2014
The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) is pleased to open registration for its Annual Conference to be held April 10-12, 2014 at the University Inn and Conference Center at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Held concurrently this year with the Western States Folklore Society’s annual gathering, the conference is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).
To register, please send a completed registration form and fees no later than Friday, March 28, 2014 to: Chrissy Deal at WESTAF, 1743 Wazee Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202. Checks are payable to WESTAF; Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. Registration forms may also be faxed to 303.629.9717 or sent via email to chrissy.deal [at] westaf.org. If you have any questions, feel free to call WESTAF at 303.629.1166.
Additional information about the Graze, sessions, performance, lodging and transportation is included in the accompanying AWSF 2014 conference information document. A detailed agenda will be available and posted the second week of March.
Finally, attendees are also invited to submit a brief bio and summary of current projects online for distribution prior to our April meeting. Please complete online at http://bit.ly/1g0UstW by March, 28, 2014.
Look forward to seeing you in Utah!
The AWSF Planning Committee
January 29, 2014
The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) invites applicants for its scholarship entitled “The Dave and Bea
Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West.”
This fund, named in honor of the late Western folklorist Bea Roeder and her husband Dave, provides support for graduate and undergraduate students and community scholars with demonstrated interest in a career in public folklore in the American West, to attend the annual AWSF meeting. AWSF has established this Fund as a way to celebrate Bea’s life and work and to create opportunities for networking and professional development for a new generation of public folklorists and cultural workers. The fund is administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) on behalf of AWSF.
Applications can be found by clicking here for a Word document and here for a PDF, and are due by midnight on March 1, 2014. Contact Nelda (nelda[at]gmail.com or 435-881-8313) with any application questions. Recipient will be notified by March 15.
January 27, 2014
Transportation: Logan, Utah is 90 miles from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Express is the only public means of transport. The round-trip fare for transportation from the airport to the University Inn in Logan UT is $64.50. Reservations may be made on-line. You can also rent a car; rental rates vary.
Lodging: The conference will be held at the University Inn and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Utah State University. Room rates with a discount for conference attendees are $69 for a double queen room. Call 800-231-5634 (or local 435-797-0017) to place a reservation. A block of 50 rooms has been reserved through March 27: it would be wise to book early as rooms may not be available after that date. Ask for the Western Folklore discount when calling to make your reservation. Visit the Conference Center site for further information. Other accommodations in Logan are available, but may require a short taxi or car ride to the university. These include:
- Hampton Inn Logan
Address: 1665 N Main St, Logan, UT 84341
- Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites
- Best Western Weston Inn (approx. $95.00)
- Anniversary Inn Bed and Breakfast
- Super 8 Logan
- Springhill Suites