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Summer Quarterly Newsletter

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Feature One: National Endowment for the Arts Awards Funds to OFN
The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.  Included in this announcement are several awards for the Oregon Folklife Network and its partners. First, a $55,000 Art Works award to the OFN to extend our Statewide Folklife Survey to the Portland Metro area. Second, a $50,000 Partnership grant to the OFN to continue the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and the Technical Assistance Collaboration awards, and a $45,000 Art Works award to our partner, the Four Rivers Cultural Center (Ontario, Oregon) to hire a part-time Staff Folklorist to extend OFN’s cultural programming to Eastern Oregon. Continue Reading…
Feature 2: High Desert Museum Features OFN Artists

The University of Oregon Central Oregon is proudly sponsoring a four-part series of performances by Oregon Folklife Network artists.  The series is hosted by the High Desert Museum and sponsored by UO departments Academic Extension, University Advancement, UO Alumni Association, and Central Oregon Ducks.

Country-western singer and rancher Barbara Nelson of Pendleton kicked off the series on April 20. The next three programs will feature a variety of master traditional artists from the OFN’s Culture Keepers’ Roster: Continue Reading... 
Feature Three: Eastern Oregon Survey with Folklorists Douglas Manger and Joe O'Connell

Beginning in this spring, the Oregon Folklife Network started year three of our multi-year Statewide Folklife Survey, this time in the Eastern Oregon counties of Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes.  As part of this work, UO Folklore graduate students and OFN staff joined our contract folklorists, Douglas Manger and Joe O’Connell, to observe and apply best ethnographic practices. As a side benefit, they get to experience some of the wonders of Oregon and meet great traditional artists. This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as by the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon.

Click to read reflections on those fieldwork experiences in Eastern Oregon: Wheeler County and Deschutes and Crook Counties
Feature Four: Reflections from the Gorge Region Survey

During 2015-16, year two of our Statewide Folklife Survey, OFN contract folklorists Nancy Nusz and Debbie Fant traveled all over the Columbia River Gorge counties of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Jefferson, Morrow, and Umatilla as well as to the Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs and the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla to learn about the diverse cultural traditions of this region. Both also presented the results of their fieldwork at various sites in those counties. This project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as by the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon.

Click on each story head line below to read just a bit of what they learned. Many of the culture keepers they documented are or will soon be part of the Oregon Culture Keepers Roster. 

Western Gorge, Oregon – Nancy Nusz

Eastern Gorge – Deborah Fant

Feature Five: Hops Story Collage

Video and Exhibit by Makaela Kroin

Hoplore: Hop Culture in Oregon, OFN’s newest exhibit, traces over 150 years of hops cultivation in Oregon through worker profiles, farm tools, historical photographs, and a short documentary. While Oregon’s heritage hop yards are 3rd and 4th-generation family businesses, small hop farms are enjoying a renaissance throughout the Willamette Valley, revitalizing and re-envisioning hop cultivation and its traditional practices. 
Feature Six: #Summerlore

This summer, the OFN invites you to join us for a social media folk festival! We all have summer traditions that we repeat every year to make the season great – favorite camping spots, July 4th celebrations, special family outings, or tried and true ways to keep cool. As you enjoy these activities all summer long, tell us about them using the hashtag #summerlore. For each post you tag on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be entered into a raffle for an awesome swag bag!
Here’s some ideas to get you started!
  • Music festival fan? Tell us what you do to get ready for the festival!
  • Have a favorite summer recipe you make every year? Let us know how to make it!
  • Have a great way to entertain the kids at home from school? Share it with us!
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