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Arkansas Folklife Program receives
grant from National Endowment for the Arts
May 30, 2008 --
University has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA) to support the Arkansas Folklife Program.
The Arkansas Folklife Program, a statewide program, collaborates with
the Arkansas Arts Council. This NEA grant marks the fourth year of
support for the statewide folklife program. The grant provides support
for a variety of projects coordinated by Arkansas Folklife Program
director, Dr. J. Michael Luster.
Arkansas has a long history of folklore research and presentation. In
his position as director of the the Arkansas Folklife Program, Dr.
Luster utilizes research completed on topics as diverse as old-time and
bluegrass music, blues, storytelling, folk arts, and foodways.
The results of research on the state's traditions and tradition-bearers
will be presented to the public through educational programs, media
projects, concerts, ASU’s own Delta Blues Symposium, and other events
coordinated by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at ASU and
by the Arkansas Arts Council.
Luster has worked to nominate various Arkansas folk artists for the
prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor for
traditional artists. Arkansas has not had one of its citizens honored
with the award since 1985. Luster also assists with programming for
ASU’s Delta Blues Symposium for 2009, organized by ASU’s Department of
English and Philosophy. Luster’s work includes the expansion of the
successful Blues-in-the-Schools program through additional funding made
available via a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council. He has also
written a successful grant to the Arkansas Department of Heritage on
behalf of the Arkansas Craft Guild Education and Support Association to
fund the creation of a craft apprenticeship program.
“I’m working to meet with as many of my colleagues as possible both in
and out of state to learn about what projects are working and to look
for new ways to serve the people of Arkansas,” Luster said.
For more details about the Arkansas Folklife Program, to request talks
or programs, or to suggest leads or topics, please contact Dr. Luster
via e-mail at MikeLuster@gmail.com. To subscribe to “ArkFolkNet,” send
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