The Dave and Bea Roeder Fund for the Future of Public Folklore in the West, named in honor of 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, to attend the annual Association of Western States Folklorists (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.
The Bea Roeder Fund will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students or community scholars who show a demonstrated interest in public sector folklore. The fund will provide the recipient(s) up to $400 to be used to attend the annual Association of Western States’ Folklorists meeting.
About Bea Roeder
Bea Roeder passed away suddenly on June 12, 2003. She was known to her friends, family and colleagues as warm, caring and involved. She was married to Dave Roeder and had two sons, Mark and Bryan. Bea loved to travel, and enjoyed people, culture and ecology everywhere. Bea worked as a Colorado State Folklorist for the Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) since 1988. During that time she was involved in both statewide and local folklore, historical projects, archiving and oral history collections. In 1990 at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities Bea organized the first Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an event which is still going strong after nineteen years. She was a force behind the CCA/National Endowment for the Arts project “Ties That Bind,” a folklore education multimedia kit for teachers, and she deeply enjoyed conducting education workshops and partnerships. She organized the Colorado Folk Arts Festival at Four Mile Historic Park. She was deeply involved with Native American culture and spirituality, and a student of the Lakota language. Her husband, Dave, passed away in late 2011.