Spotlight on the Ohio Arts Council Projects Collection at the Folklore Archives
With generous support from the Columbus Foundation for the 2014-2015 year, Graduate Archivist Cristina Benedetti was able to revisit fieldwork conducted by folklore fieldworkers for the Ohio Arts Council in Ohio from 1977-1982. Cristina’s work culminated in a digital gallery on the CFS website as well as a physical exhibit in Thompson Library. The Thompson Showcase features two boxes from the collection, the Ohio Bluegrass Musicians and the Western Ohio Folklife Festival. Katie Laur, acclaimed bluegrass musician, host of WNKU’s Music From the Hills of Home, and original fieldworker for the Ohio Arts Council Projects, will join us to discuss her work for the project and her career as a female bluegrass musician. Rachel Hopkin, our incoming Graduate Archivist, will continue Cristina’s engagement with the Ohio Arts Council Collection by producing radio programs about the archival materials and putting them into conversation with current Ohio folklife activity, especially in Columbus.