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ACE is your Partner!

This #givingtuesday, why not help support the programs that make ACE unique?

Dear Friend,

During the past year, ACE has established partnerships with some pretty amazing people and wonderful organizations. We have worked collaboratively to restore the importance of cultural equity as an ethical and moral principle that drives our research, education, and cultural programs--projects and new initiatives that have found their way to colleagues, students, scholars and professionals across disciplines, from the Sciences to the Humanities, willing to engage in conversations about culture and the ways that expressive arts communicate our shared commonalities and differences. 

Please join us, as we acknowledge our gratitude to our partners and friends, and ask for your help to support our continuing mission. Here are just a few of our new and recent partnerships and collaborations:


In Cleveland, Mississippi, our partners at the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University presented the International Conference on the Blues, where, together with Rolando Herts, we launched plans for our NEA project to repatriate Alan Lomax’s 1933-1942 Mississippi Collection.

The two-year project will enable ACE and DSU to identify, share, and return newly digitized films and recordings to source communities, families, and local cultural organizations and partner institutions.

ACE has also started working with Native American consultants James Francis (Panawahpskek) and Robin Gray (Ts’msyen) to address questions of indigenous rights, especially with respect to cultural and intellectual property. Through this process, ACE staff is gaining a better understanding of the many complex issues that impact First Nations people and the necessary respect and protocols required for handling culturally sensitive material. We also are planning to work closely with Cliff Murphy at the NEA Folk & Traditional Arts program in the coming years, to do our part in this all-important area of cultural and folklore work.    

From Navarra, Spain, Mielotxin honors the recordings of Alan Lomax in their latest release, Alan Lomax in Memoriam

Performing these songs in different theaters, with great success, press and media have picked up on the story. As musician and member of Mielotxin, Iñigo Aguerri, tells us: “Now everyone wants to be interested in Alan Lomax, since it has been a discovery for many people.”

As part of ACE’s global mission, we recently hosted a contingent of international researchers from the US-China Business Training Center, who expressed an interest in the protection and research of culture in the US. ACE provided the Chinese delegation an overview of our recently launched Global Jukebox, and shared our organizational priorities and goals. The group expressed the need for further US-China cultural exchange--an idea which was warmly received by everyone and which will be further explored.

Education, Pedagogy, Scholarship

Speaking of the Global Jukebox, ACE presented a roundtable and workshop at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, with many new and old friends and colleagues gathering in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the recently released  online research tool and how it can be useful for ethnomusicology and the new comparative musicology.  

(Clockwise from top left: Michael Frishkopf, Michael Tenzer, Mu Qian, Victor Grauer, Gage Averill, Patricia Shehan Campbell, and Michael Flory.)
We are truly fortunate to have so many good friends and colleagues working with ACE, but we need your support. Especially during these times, our efforts, which are focused on fostering greater understanding and respect for all people and cultures, can only continue with your help. Thank you and Happy Holidays!


Jorge Arevalo Mateus
Executive Director
Alan Lomax Archive
Association for Cultural Equity
 at Hunter College
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