As a follow-up to our Statewide Folklife Survey, Oregon Folklife Network offers up to $3000 to organizations to collaborate with us by featuring and paying traditional artists who are on, or will soon be added to, our ever-expanding Oregon Culture Keepers Roster. Culture Fest generally follows 2 years after OFN’s regional survey, and creates paid opportunities to traditional artists, diversity in programming to community organizations, and deeper connections for OFN to allied folks around the state. Successful projects have varied widely, and include but are not limited to festivals, music/dance performances, educational demonstrations, community events, craft events, and public talks. Please contact us with your proposal. Reference our Survey page and add two years to see when Culture Fest will be in your area.
Andisheh Center for Iranian Cultural Heritage (Multnomah): presented an afternoon of traditional art, music, and dance workshops featuring local Iranian artists, as well as three Persian artists new to our roster.
Hmong American Community of Oregon (Multnomah): presented the 5th Annual New Year in the Park, with traditional dance, foodways demonstrations, craft and food vendors, a fashion show, and processions.
McMinnville Public Library (Yamhill): presented Latino and other traditional artists for El Día de los Niños Fiesta, including three rostered OFN artists sharing music, henna, piñatas, and sugar skulls.
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (Baker): hosted "Barrel and Vessel: The Art of Aging Wine," featuring rostered cooper (traditional barrel maker), Rick DeFerrari, in conjunction with a winery tour.
Four Rivers Cultural Center (Malheur): presented the 2nd Annual Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, with cowboy poetry, silversmithing, Paiute basketry and Pow Wow dancing, Japanese Taiko drumming, and much more.
Art Center East (Union): presented two rostered artists: a Farmers Market performance and master class in Guinean drumming, and wool spinning storytime and demonstration.
Art Center East (Union County): presented Culture Keepers Mark Ross (Old Time Banjo/Fiddle Music) and other traditions connected with the heritage and history of Northeast Oregon.
Traditional Mexican Ballet Folklorico Dancing and Workshop with Kenya Marquez, Max Square (August 19, 2018)
Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center (Baker County): hosted four folk artists for programming during their exhibition of textiles from the Weaver's Guild of Oregon "Color Gone Wild."
High Desert Museum (Deschutes County): hosted five culture keepers for a Traditional Arts Day at their Miller Family Ranch.
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indians: Tamastslikt featured Fred Hill and Thomas Morning Owl (May 31, 2017)
Hood River: Radio Tierra featured two traditional performing groups (July 3-4, 2017)
Los Temerosos de Juan Antonio (a group of nine) and Los Amigos de la Sierra (a group of four) performed before a live audience of approximately 200 people, plus one live and two rebroadcast radio audiences of 6,000.
Los Temerosos de Juan Antonio performance
Juan Antonio Martínez receives community award; final song
Los Amigos de la Sierra performance
Wasco County: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosted eight traditional artists at events between (April 16 – June 18, 2017)
Malheur County: Four Rivers Cultural Center featured Janet Komoto
Harney County: Harney County Cultural Coalition Opportunity Team enhanced the annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival with a Tradition Keepers Showcase with 13 regional folk artists.
Lake County: PLAYA featured 3 Cowboy Poets in new 2-hour program and reception