Oregon Folklife Network

Oregon Folklife Network We document, sustain, and promote Oregon’s folklife and cultural heritage!
The Oregon Folklife Network is proud to continue documenting, sustaining, and promoting Oregon’s diverse folklife, including its historic and contemporary cultural heritage. We provide wide access to folk arts and their intrinsic and extrinsic benefits through investing in traditional artists and cultures and advancing accessible learning opportunities for all Oregonians. The OFN is administered at the University of Oregon by the Folklore Program and the Arts and Administration Program in cooperation with the Knight Library. Support for the OFN has also been received from The Office of the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, The College of Arts and Sciences, The Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost, and The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at the University of Oregon. The OFN also receives generous support from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission.
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City of Eugene Call for Artists!! The City is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists or artist-teams to...
06/16/2020
CaFE Event Information - Temporary Public Artwork: Request for Qualifications

City of Eugene Call for Artists!! The City is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists or artist-teams to create a temporary public work of art along the fence surrounding the Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment site. This commission is open to all professional, emerging, and youth artists, who are located and working within Lane County and is a great project for artists who are interested in collaboration and experience working on a public art projects.

More details can be found on CaFe. Please share this opportunity among Lane County community.

Read more about Temporary Public Artwork: Request for Qualifications on CaFE

Highlights from our virtual tour of Oregon from Alive as Folk. Visit the Alive as Folk website to take the tour. Muzeul ...
06/15/2020

Highlights from our virtual tour of Oregon from Alive as Folk. Visit the Alive as Folk website to take the tour. Muzeul Județean Gorj "Alexandru Ștefulescu" U.S. Department of State World Learning Folklore UO The Museum of Natural and Cultural History Oregon Arts Commission Oregon Cultural Trust National Endowment for the Arts University of Oregon
The High Desert Museum #worldlearning #thisiscultural #aliveAF #exchangeourworld #targujiu

We also had an Oregon virtual tour, considering the circumstances in the world! Come on the journey with us! See the full highlights on our website, https://blogs.uoregon.edu/aliveasfolk2020/2020/05/04/oregon/

#aliveasfolk #aliveAF #exchangeourworld #OFN #worldlearning #oregon #romania #cultureinquarantine #ICH #livingtraditions #thisisculture #communitiesconnectingheritage #aroundtheo

06/15/2020
Speaking Through Gestures 5 - Jayanthi Raman

Thank you, Jayanthi Raman, for sharing your culture in Oregon. It was a pleasure to provide technical support for your Speaking Through Gestures webinar #10, and learn more about the complex, intricate, and beautiful percussion (and jaw harp) instrumentation from both classical and folk traditions. What an honor to meet the very talented Dr. Ghatam Karthick, Sarvesh Karthick, and Sakthi Ravanan. They did not know that I am a percussionist, too, but I am very humbled by their expertise. Clearly yours is a tradition that takes many lifetimes of study and performance to reach your level of greatness. Gratitude! For those who missed it, here is a link to Jayanthi Raman's Webinar #5, a great example of how traditional arts can take advantage of a virtual platform to connect artists from around the globe.

Jayanthi Raman presents Speaking Through Gestures - Part V FREE Webinar Series. April-May 2020. Video excerpt Subscribe Jayanthi Raman NATYA Dance Academy fo...

Oregon folk artists--great opportunity to take part in a national event to promote your work.
06/12/2020
Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon folk artists--great opportunity to take part in a national event to promote your work.

Attention artists -- A chance to promote your work!

Thanks to the American Folklore Society for sharing this great new exhibit about folklorists of color. Curated by Dr. Ph...
06/11/2020
Notable Folklorists of Color – Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies

Thanks to the American Folklore Society for sharing this great new exhibit about folklorists of color. Curated by Dr. Phyllis M. May-Machunda and Dr. Olivia Cadaval, the exhibit honors 25 scholars of color, ancestors whose significant contributions expanded research in folkloristics and laid a foundation for folkloristic scholarship by people of color in communities of color.

Notable Folklorists of Color – Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies
https://notablefolkloristsofcolor.org/

About the ExhibitFirst shown at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (AFS), Notable Folklorists of Color: Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies was developed to commemorate... READ MORE

Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for resharing their recent special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on "...
06/10/2020

Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for resharing their recent special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on "White Supremacy & Resistance."

In December of 2019, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) was very proud to publish a special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ), which was entirely devoted to the history of “White Supremacy & Resistance” in Oregon. The issue was guest edited by scholars Dr. Darrell Millner and Dr. Carmen Thompson.

We said at that time that OHS and the OHQ are “not neutral on the subject of White supremacy. [We] believe that organizations, leaders, and public policies that advance and institutionalize the idea that people categorized as White are superior to other people are harmful, and always have been.” Since its publication, this special issue has sparked conversations around the state about how white supremacy has been woven into many of our state’s policies and social norms, as well as the many diverse people who have resisted that institutionalization.

Such conversations were important then, and they are even more important today, in light of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and many other Black men and women throughout our nation's history.

The resulting protests and marches that have occurred here in Oregon and across the country are a testament to the reality that it is long past time to root out and remove every last vestige of racial discrimination and inequality in our society.

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable resource by documenting, preserving, and sharing our state’s history, from all perspectives, and in all its complexities. We hope that everyone will continue to help guide us in providing knowledge of the past and working to build a more just and equitable society in the future.

Let us remember and take inspiration from these words of the late Senator Mark Hatfield: “All of us need each other. All of us must lift and pull others as we rise. All of us must rise together — powerful, free, one self-determined people.”

Kerry Tymchuk
Oregon Historical Society Executive Director

Mary Miller Faulkner
President, Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees

https://ohs.org/about-us/news-and-press/oregon-historical-society-statement-on-racial-justice-and-equality.cfm

Today, Alive as Folk is featuring highlights from our virtual tour of Romania. Our hosts, the Gorj County Museum, showed...
06/09/2020

Today, Alive as Folk is featuring highlights from our virtual tour of Romania. Our hosts, the Gorj County Museum, showed us local pottery traditions and more. Visit the Alive as Folk website to take the tour. Muzeul Județean Gorj "Alexandru Ștefulescu" Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State World Learning University of Oregon Folklore Program The Museum of Natural and Cultural History Oregon Arts Commission Oregon Cultural Trust The High Desert Museum National Endowment for the Arts University of Oregon University of Oregon, College of Arts and Sciences #worldlearning #thisiscultural #aliveAF #exchangeourworld #targujiu

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our travels became virtual. Come on the journey to Romania with us! See more of our highlights here: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/aliveasfolk2020/2020/05/04/romania/

#aliveasfolk #aliveAF #exhangeourworld #MuzeulJudeteanGorj #OFN #worldlearning #oregonromania #cultureinquarantine #ICH #livingtraditions #thisisculture #targujiu #communitiesconnectingheritage #aroundtheo

"Now is the time to say enough. All of us, including the thousands of artists and cultural organizations that call Orego...
06/08/2020
Statement on racial justice

"Now is the time to say enough. All of us, including the thousands of artists and cultural organizations that call Oregon home, must commit ourselves to immediate action. We must examine ourselves and our business practices to ensure we hear, and respond to, the voices that call for change."

Please read the entire statement, and join Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust in saying "YES, Black Lives Matter – then back up those words by working for positive change in Oregon now."

We are so very proud of OFN's interns, artists Esther Stutzman Birda J Kirk Filomela Sîrbu - Tiştere Florin Gheorghiu; a...
06/04/2020

We are so very proud of OFN's interns, artists Esther Stutzman Birda J Kirk Filomela Sîrbu - Tiştere Florin Gheorghiu; and our Romanian colleagues Alina Eugenia Tița and EmaVio Tulpan and their interns. This has been an amazing virtual international cultural exchange. We so appreciate the support of World Learning Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State University of Oregon Folklore Program
University of Oregon Libraries The Museum of Natural and Cultural History Wisdom of the Elders The Museum At Warm Springs The High Desert Museum and so many more.

Please visit our website, download our zine for interactive activities, and more. We've been exploring indigeneity, place, tradition, and transmission in a digital age in Oregon and Romania. Communities Connecting HeritageSM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by World Learning. The Oregon-Romania project represents one of six international efforts supported by the program this year. Each of six U.S.-based organizations was matched with an overseas counterpart during initial training and has since been collaborating to develop public presentations and online products.

Check it out University of Oregon!

The “Alive as Folk” interactive website is now up for you to see! Please check it out here: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/aliveasfolk2020/

This painting was done by Diana Ghita, one of our Romania participants, who is an aspiring artist attending school in Targu Jiu. Find this photo and more under the Covid-19 section. World Learning U.S. Department of State

#aliveasfolk #aliveAF #exhangeourworld #MuzeulJudeteanGorj #OFN #worldlearning #oregonromania #cultureinquarantine #ICH #livingtraditions #thisisculture #targujiu #communitiesconnectingheritage #aroundtheo

Protest traditions are part of our country's heritage, and they often presage cultural and societal change. When we witn...
06/03/2020
Vanport Mosaic

Protest traditions are part of our country's heritage, and they often presage cultural and societal change. When we witness such tragedies as George Floyd's and Breonna Taylor's murders, sometimes the most important thing to do is to make space for the voices of those who have been historically marginalized and oppressed. With thanks to the leadership at Vanport Mosaic.

Cheryl Hicks writes:
"History shows us that when black women—women like Ida B. Wells, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and others—become central to conversations about injustice there is social change and new radical movements.

In 1887, in the midst of despair when her legal case for discrimination against a railroad company was overturned, Wells reminds us that the trajectory of our hope and disappointment in the American justice system are not new.

She wrote in her diary: “I have firmly believed all along that the law was on our side and would, when we appealed to it, give us justice. I feel shorn of that belief and utterly discouraged and just now, if it were possible, would gather my race in my arms and fly away with them. O God,” she prayed, “is there no redress, no peace, no justice in this land for us?”

She could not have imagined that five-years later she would be fighting again, this time against lynching through her pamphlet “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.”

History shows us that, against incredible odds, Wells and other nineteenth-century black women kept demanding justice. We must continue their legacy."

05/26/2020
Jayanthi Raman Dance

Master traditional artist and TAAP awardee, Jayanthi Raman, continues to create new choreographic Indian classical dance repertoire items and share with digital audience. She also has adapted to teach via digital platform and conducts free webinars involving international artists to keep the artistic momentum ongoing in this physical solitude. Thank you to all who keep bringing beauty to the virtual world. Stay safe.

Jayanthi Raman: Creativity for choreographers and dancers stems from music and divinity, when the music is divine and subject is divinity, inspiration is infinite. Presenting verses of Andal, choreographed and performed by Jayanthi Raman, music by AGAM band with vocalist Harish Sivaramakrishnan, many thanks to the musicians ....
Video courtesy: Raman Srinivasan
Location: our home and our neighborhood in lovely Oregon.

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to all who observe. Thanks to NPR for this wonderful shout out to family foodways traditions.Ramadan B...
05/24/2020
A Daughter Bakes A New Connection With Family During Ramadan

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to all who observe. Thanks to NPR for this wonderful shout out to family foodways traditions.

Ramadan Baking: A Chance To Reconnect With Family Traditions : The Picture Show : NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2020/05/22/859012397/a-daughter-bakes-a-new-connection-with-family-during-ramadan

At home in Ohio during the pandemic, photographer Eslah Attar is using newfound family time to learn from her mother and sister how to bake traditional desserts ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

We wish we could see the Oregon Historical Society's new permanent exhibit in person, but that'll have to wait for a bit...
05/20/2020

We wish we could see the Oregon Historical Society's new permanent exhibit in person, but that'll have to wait for a bit. In the meantime, check out their strategic plan and look around their website for some great virtual resources.

And if other Oregon museums have virtual resources, please share here!
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History The High Desert Museum columbiarivermaritimemuseum #thisisculture #OregonFolk

Today on #InternationalMuseumDay we thank our members, researchers, students, scholars, & visitors who support our strategic plan, which guides us to "address historical exclusion by embracing an inclusive understanding of the Oregon experience." We are especially proud of our re-imagined permanent installation, "Experience Oregon," which was developed in partnership with community leaders throughout the state, and does not shy away from telling the difficult and uncomfortable aspects of Oregon's history.

#IMD2020 #Museums4Equality

https://ohs.org/about-us/strategic-plan.cfm

Thanks to the American Folklife Center for starting a new blog series looking at remote fieldwork. The challenges of wor...
05/18/2020

Thanks to the American Folklife Center for starting a new blog series looking at remote fieldwork. The challenges of working with communities during pandemic conditions that keep us from conducting the in-person interviews that define the field of folklore lead folklorist like Michelle Stefano, who kicks off the series, to ask, "Can this be considered a legitimate form of participant observation, 'real' fieldwork? Or is it cheating because the “being there” part is missing?"

Read more at https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2020/05/on-remote-fieldwork-and-shifting-gears/

We are so very grateful to Oregon's cultural community and organizations for creating such a vibrant online presence dur...
05/13/2020
Home - Oregon Cultural Trust

We are so very grateful to Oregon's cultural community and organizations for creating such a vibrant online presence during this time. With further gratitude to the Oregon Cultural Trust for compiling this list of great resources for all of us to enjoy. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History Oregon Arts Commission #stayhomesavelives #thisisculture #pandemicculture

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Oregon Arts Commission
05/13/2020

Oregon Arts Commission

Business Oregon has announced a $10 million grant program to support Oregon’s small businesses.

The program is open to nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees who can demonstrate losses due to COVID-19 and have not received other federal relief from programs such as the Payroll Protection Program, the SBA EIDL program or CARES Act funds distributed in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Artist sole proprietorships may also eligible to apply.

The first round of funding will be made to public entities to make subgrants; the second round will be made to Community Development Financial Institutions.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2Z5o7Un

Traditional artists are some of the most innovative people I've met. Despite what some may think, there are a great many...
05/11/2020
Traditional Arts in a Virtual Era | Oregon Folklife Network Blog

Traditional artists are some of the most innovative people I've met. Despite what some may think, there are a great many challenges to keeping up with the rigor of excellence while maintaining a livelihood, and these folks are often using their creativity to overcome or circumvent the many ways modern living threatens their ties with their cultural roots.

In this article, however, I bring you yet another example of how traditional artists during the pandemic engage technology to fuel their teaching, maintain their livelihoods, and sustain their communities.

In a previous article, I shared how Persian santoor player, Hossein Salehi, transitioned his individual lessons from in-person classes, to a virtual pla...

It's hard to get our minds off of the horrors of our current pandemic. For some perspective and historical context, chec...
05/06/2020

It's hard to get our minds off of the horrors of our current pandemic. For some perspective and historical context, check out the Oregon Historical Society's latest on previous pandemics. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History

As we all practice physical distancing and wait for stay-at-home orders to ease, public health experts warn that moving too quickly could have serious implications in terms of the disease’s spread — and resulting deaths. Historians are well positioned to echo these warnings, especially when analyzing the 1918 influenza pandemic (which occurred during World War I) and Oregon’s response to COVID-19. In today's blog post, Editorial, Design, and Production Manager for the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ), Erin Brasell, reflects on past OHQ articles that help provide historical context for the 1918 influenza pandemic, including an illustrated timeline that helps make connections to Oregon’s COVID-19 response.

https://ohs.org/blog/1918-influenza-in-oregon.cfm

Image: On October 8, 1918, The Oregonian reported on four cases of influenza and “six other of suspicious character” at Benson Polytechnic School in Portland, Oregon. This first outbreak in the city prompted the school to put its 300 Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) students in quarantine. Members of the Benson Polytechnic S.A.T.C third section in this photograph are wearing masks on October 27, 1918. Photograph courtesy of the US National Archives.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/242093376906226/ **Msg me to join, link to event page above. This Saturday 25h April 2020 9-10amPST: Free Webinar on the Theory of Bharatha Natyam, Indian classical dance. Please msg me to join. Open to ALL students/practitioners of Bharatha Natyam and any dance genre. Learn the background of your artistic practice. Danseuse and Master Artist Jayanthi Raman and Musician-Vocalist Pusthakam Ramaa from Bangalore, India. Free webinar to support learning of arts! Stay safe, help each other :)
Fun pics from this weekend's Barrel and Vessel event at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Inc and Copper Belt Winery A big thank you to Oregon Folklife Network for your support https://www.facebook.com/TravelBakerCounty/posts/10156983472610269?
What a great resource this is for folklore fieldwork, finally online in Spanish! Thanks to the American Folklife Center.
Get yourselves over to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for December shopping deals and some awesome exhibits.
It's never too late to start interviewing your elders, until it is. Check out Smithsonian Folklife's handy-dandy guide. #thisisculture #whatfolkloristsdo
Happy Thanksgiving from the American Folklife Center.
Thanks to UO Food Studies for sharing. "No matter where you are in North America, you are on indigenous land. And so on this holiday, and any day really, I urge people to explore a deeper connection to what are called “American” foods by understanding true Native-American histories, and begin using what grows naturally around us, and to support Native-American growers. There is no need to make Thanksgiving about a false past. It is so much better when it celebrates the beauty of the present."
CORVALLIS IMPROV VOCAL JAM THIS COMING SUNDAY! — Come join in the natural musicality of Imrov Jam Circle Singing!
I am a 7th generation Oregonian and founding member of the band Cascade Rye! Please like and share our event coming up in downtown Corvallis, Oregon! We want to meet more #Americana music lovers! We know you're out there! :)