Evan Hatch, Interim Executive Director
Evan Hatch has been working as a folklorist, producer, curator and programmer for 15 years. While at the Arts Center of Cannon County, Hatch produced over 50 music titles for Spring Fed Records, including Discovery: The Rebirth of Mississippi John Hurt, and the Grammy-winning John Work III: Recording Black Culture. He raised over $500,000 in grants and donations, and brokered the gift of The Caldwell Collection, a $300,000 folk and vernacular art collection. Hatch created, programmed and administered the Cannon Cultural Museum, developed exhibitions and heritage tourism programming, and conducted hundreds of hours of fieldwork with vernacular artists in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
Hatch served as president of the Tennessee Folklore Society, a fellow at The Center for Historic Preservation, and grants panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s created programming for the Southern Foodways Alliance, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Council for Traditional Arts, and the American Folklore Society.
While in North Carolina, Hatch developed the first Handbook for North Carolina Folk and Traditional Artists, secured the gift of The Jack Guy Collection of Western North Carolina music, photography and film, and helped curate the One State, Many Worlds area of the 2016 National Folk Festival.