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Oregon Folklife Network Partners with 6 Oregon Cultural Organizations for Culture Fest 2019 - 04/22/19

[Eugene, Oregon]—The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), a division of the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will partner again this year with local arts, culture, and heritage organizations in Oregon to present Culture Fest 2019. The partnerships support performances, demonstrations and presentations about Oregon’s living cultural heritage.

This year, six collaborative public programs in Ontario, Portland, La Grande, Baker City and McMinnville will bring diverse folk and traditional artists to venues around the state:

  • Hmong American Community of Oregon (Portland), 5th Annual New Year in the Park festival, Glenhaven Park, April 27, 2019
  • McMinnville Public Library, Latino folk and traditional artists, El Día de los Niños Fiesta, May 4, 2019.
  • Crossroads Carnegie (Baker City), Cooper Rick DeFerrari, "Barrel and Vessel: The Art of Aging Wine," June 22, 2019
  • Four Rivers Cultural Center (Ontario), Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, June 29, 2019
  • Art Center East (La Grande), Guinean master drummer Alseny Yansane at a Master Class (location tbd) and Public Performance, La Grande Farmers Market, July 12-13, 2019 and Umatilla basket weaver Michael Johnson (dates, tbd)
  • Andisheh Center for Iranian Cultural Heritage (Portland), “Persian Tandoor, Storytelling, and Arabic Calligraphy,” Iranian Festival, Creative and Performance Art Pavilion, Aug 3, 2019.

The Oregon Culture Keepers Roster provides a curated roster of over 200 folk artists presenting organizations can work with in planning their programs.

“Since 2014, OFN has been conducting a statewide folklife survey to identify and recommend culture keepers for the roster,” said OFN executive director Riki Saltzman. “So far, we have documented 355 folk and traditional artists in 28 Oregon counties—along the Columbia River Gorge, in Southern Oregon, the Portland Metro and the Willamette Valley as well as at the Klamath Tribes, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Burns Paiute Tribe and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Many of those culture keepers have performed in Oregon parks, taken part in festivals and arts events, conducted public workshops and been featured in exhibits and living cultural heritage program.”

Support for this partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Historical Society. The funds help local organizations support folk and traditional artists in their own communities to share their skills and knowledge with others.

About Oregon Folklife Network

Oregon Folklife Network is administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon and is the state’s designated Folk and Traditional Arts Program. OFN conducts statewide research to document Oregon’s wide variety of living cultural heritages and partners to create public programs to share these diverse traditions. From Native basket weavers to hip hop emcees, from fisher poets to buckaroo gear makers, Norwegian foods, Mexican ballet folklorico, and more, there is a world of culture in Oregon. OFN is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Oregon Historical Society. For more about OFN, visit https://ofn.uoregon.edu. Contact Riki Saltzman at iki@uoregon.edu">riki@uoregon.edu if you’d like to be added to a contact list for this program.

Sources:

Riki Saltzman, Oregon Folklife Network, riki@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

Emily West Hartlerode, Oregon Folklife Network, eafanado@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

About the Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History enhances knowledge of Earth’s environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future. With collections representing millions of years and all of Earth’s continents, the museum is a center for international research on topics in natural history and anthropology. Museum exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and seniors, and $10 for families (two adults and up to four youths). Reduced admission is available for visitors presenting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Admission is free to members and UO ID card holders. For general information call 541-346-3024.

Oregon Folklife Network Joins William G. Pomeroy Foundation(R) National Folklore Roadside Marker Program for Legends & Lore(R) - 04/10/19

Eugene, Ore. – Intriguing stories from Oregon’s rich heritage of folklore will be featured on roadside markers at sites across the state thanks to a partnership between the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Click here to apply for a grant.  

OFN will serve as a grant evaluator for the Pomeroy Foundation’s expanding national Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, helping to put Oregon folklore in the spotlight. Established by the Pomeroy Foundation in 2015, Legends & Lore is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of cultural heritage.

“The Pomeroy Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Oregon Folklife Network on our expanding Legends & Lore program,” says Bill Pomeroy, founder and trustee of the Pomeroy Foundation. “We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the folklore near and dear to Oregon. We’re proud to work with your communities in celebrating and preserving your folklore and legends.”

The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., that helps people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of historic signage grant programs, including Legends & Lore. The Foundation’s grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. 

As a Legends & Lore grant evaluator, OFN will be responsible for reviewing applications, as well as confirming the legitimacy and accuracy of folklore and legends that applicants in Oregon intend to commemorate on a marker. Legends & Lore marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions and municipalities in Oregon.

Working with its first partner organization, New York Folklore, the Pomeroy Foundation’s Legends & Lore program has already helped more than 35 communities in New York State to commemorate their own fascinating local stories. One of those Legends & Lore markers celebrates Ichabod Crane and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It’s said that this famous Washington Irving character was based on a real schoolteacher named Jesse Merwin in Kinderhook, New York.

About the Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded more nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org

 

About Oregon Folklife Network

Oregon Folklife Network is administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon and is the state’s designated Folk and Traditional Arts Program. OFN conducts statewide research to document Oregon’s wide variety of living cultural heritages and partners to create public programs to share these diverse traditions. From Native basket weavers to hip hop emcees, from fisher poets to buckaroo gear makers, Norwegian foods, Mexican ballet folklorico, and more, there is a world of culture in Oregon.

OFN is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Oregon Historical Society. For more about OFN, visit https://ofn.uoregon.edu. Contact Riki Saltzman at iki@uoregon.edu">riki@uoregon.edu if you’d like to be added to a contact list for this program.

 

Sources and Media Contact:

Riki Saltzman, Oregon Folklife Network, riki@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

Emily West Hartlerode, Oregon Folklife Network, eafanado@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

Links:

Oregon Folklife Network: https://ofn.uoregon.edu/

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