Its finally Fall and ACE will be especially active over the next few months, traveling from the Delta to the Rockies to bring the latest results of our special projects and initiatives to bear with our partners and friends. Here are just a few upcoming programs. If you would like to help us continue this much needed cultural work to help maintain equity among people and cultures in these precipitous times, please donate today!
Goin’ to Mississippi
Mississippi and the Blues have long been recognized as a great source of Alan Lomax’s interest and love for the people, music, and culture of the Delta region. The Association for Cultural Equity is therefore very pleased and looking forward to participating at the 4th annual International Conference on the Blues in Cleveland, Mississippi, from October 1st through the 3rd, 2017. Our host and partner, Delta State University, along with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi sponsorship, invited us to represent the work of Alan Lomax at what promises to be a wonderful gathering of Blues scholars, musicians, music industry leaders, and all sorts of fellow Blues lovers. The conference will certainly highlight the cultural significance about the past, present, and future of the Blues. And with this year’s conference thematic focus on the lives and work of Alan Lomax and John Lee Hooker, ACE and The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at DSU are especially thrilled to announce a new NEA-funded collaborative project to transfer, digitize and repatriate Lomax’s early Mississippi recordings to the people of the Mississippi. As the first phase of a two-year plan, the 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.In addition, creating public programs and developing new educational material is in the works.
At ACE, we are committed to continuing a productive and ongoing relationship with Mississippi, DSU and the GRAMMY Museum. We look forward to meeting our partners in Mississippi and hope to see you there. It's going to be a great conference!
ACE at SEM 2017, Rocky Mountain High — Colorado!
In something of a programming coup for ACE, the Global Jukebox will have a particularly strong presence at the Society for Ethnomusicology 62nd Annual Meeting. Co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College, the conference will take place on October 26-29, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Attendees will have an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the creation, development and utility of the Jukebox. Sponsored by the Analysis of World Music Special Interest Group, a scholarly roundtable brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and researchers, including Gage Averill, Patricia Shehan Campbell, Mu Qian, Michael Tenzer and Michael Frishkopf. Chaired by Victor Grauer, and moderated by Anna Lomax Wood, the Global Jukebox: Science, Humanism and Cultural Equity roundtable promises to be a precedent setting discussion. Followed by an introductory workshop led by cultural anthropologist and statistician Michael Flory, together with ACE researchers Karen Claman and Kathleen Rivera, The Global Jukebox: Reaching Out to Many Audiences will demonstrate the inner workings and functionality of the Jukebox.
In case you have not seen the recent New York Times articles, here they are.
A Final Note
At ACE, we recognize and grieve the damage and destruction caused by the series of recent natural disasters that have impacted so many people in Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico, and we ask that your donations prioritize relief efforts. Thank you!
Jorge Arevalo Mateus
Alan Lomax Archive
Association for Cultural Equity
at Hunter College