September 23, 2014

Events

American Craft Week is coming up October 3-12, 2014!

American Craft Week logo

American Craft Week is a ten-day celebration promoting handmade crafts throughout America. It is a marketing tool used across the country to shine a national spotlight on the art of handmade crafts. It is not an event in a specific location, but rather a national recognition of artists that create handmade crafts. This is a great way to attract new visitors and tourists to areas they might not otherwise visit. By planning events such as festivals, gallery exhibitions, classes, and local markets during this ten-day period, craftspeople across the country will collectively advertise their work and demonstrate the relevance of crafts still popular in our culture today.

As a service to the traditional arts, the NC Folklife Institute has covered the fee to participate for qualifying artists. You can enjoy all the benefits without any cost! These benefits include: event ideas, marketing and PR support, and the listing of your event on a national website. This is an excellent opportunity to share your craft and be a part of a larger community striving to keep American crafts alive.

Click for more information and to sign up!
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August 29, 2014 – May 17, 2015

Doc Watson at MerleFest in 2002. From Friday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, Oct. 8, a guitar made by Charlotte luthier Carl McIntyre for Doc Watson will be featured in the exhibit. Image Credit: D. Kent Thompson Collection. Southern Folklife Collection. UNC-Chapel Hill.

Doc Watson at MerleFest in 2002. From Friday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, Oct. 8, a guitar made by Charlotte luthier Carl McIntyre for Doc Watson will be featured in the exhibit. Image Credit: D. Kent Thompson Collection. Southern Folklife Collection. UNC-Chapel Hill.

Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals
North Carolina Museum of History
Free admission

In celebration of Raleigh’s second International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass convention and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, the Museum of History’s new lobby exhibit continues the story that bluegrass music has its roots in the Carolinas as much as anywhere else.

From the early 1950s to the early 1980s, bluegrass festivals and fiddlers’ conventions, record labels, and television shows all helped to popularize bluegrass music. This year’s lobby case will feature promotional posters from events, album covers, and television clips, all to help you follow the spread of this genre.

See items on loan from the North Carolina Folklife archive!

Read more!

 

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May 2014 Events

NC Folk appearing soon at . . .

Listen to Your Mother, Raleigh-Durham

10256514_10203693209153397_2398047673843263230_nExecutive Director Joy Salyers will be appearing in the cast of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Raleigh-Durham Tuesday May 6 and Thursday May 8. More than a dozen local writers from around the Triangle will be reading original stories about their relationships with their children or their own mothers in this live stage performance.

Tuesday’s show on the campus of Peace University is sold out, but tickets are still available for Thursday’s performance.

Tuesday May 6, Joy Salyers and two other cast members appeared on WUNC-FM’s The State of Things with Frank Stasio to talk about the show. (Show will be available online May 7.)

The State of Things host Frank Stasio with LTYM-RDU cast members (l-r) Mandy Hitchcock, KeAnne Hoeg, and Joy Salyers

The State of Things host Frank Stasio with LTYM-RDU cast members (l-r) Mandy Hitchcock, KeAnne Hoeg, and Joy Salyers