Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is firmly dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and sustaining Arkansas' diverse living traditional arts and cultural heritage. At the heart of our work is valuing human dignity and the right...
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The University Libraries’ Special Collections division and Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts seek to preserve the personal COVID-19 experiences of University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff. Stories can be submitted online.
Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts remains open, but we are working remotely and unable to conduct in-person fieldwork or event/site visits at this time. Please continue to feel free to call and email. In the meantime, several resources are listed below.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Arkansas Arts Council Arkansas Living Treasure Award. Artists skilled in a traditional craft are eligible for nomination.
Throughout AFTA’s publications, you may see and hear several terms that appear similar: folk art, traditional art, folkore, folklife, and tradition. What do these terms mean? What’s the difference between each? We thought it might be a good idea to introduce our approach in this article as well.
AFTA’s folk arts coordinator, Virginia Siegel, is featured in the recently released Arkansas Life Magazine’s May 2019 issue. Learn more about her work with Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts in the feature: “Person We’d Like to Know: Virginia Siegel.”
Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts was featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on March 11, 2019 with a profile of coordinator, Virginia Siegel.
Folklorist Virginia Siegel has joined the University Libraries’ staff as the new Arkansas folk arts coordinator for the Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts, a new program funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that seeks to document, present and sustain Arkansas traditional arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the University of Arkansas Libraries $30,000 to establish a statewide Folk and Traditional Arts program.