WKU’s Library Special Collections granted accreditation by KOHC

WKU Libraries: Special Collections, our home repository, has been granted accreditation status by the Kentucky Oral History Commission. From the recent press release:

Western Kentucky University’s Manuscripts and Folklife Archives, a part of the Department of Library Special Collections, was recently granted accreditation status by the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC). Archives that receive accreditation serve as “permanent repositories for oral history collections, which KOHC sponsors through grant awarded funds.” With its newly appointed status, the Folklife Archives joins a group of state-recognized institutions dedicated to the long-term care, preservation, and maintenance of regionally-specific oral history projects. These projects, conducted by professional and amateur researchers, highlight the nuanced and complex issues surrounding community, identity, heritage, and tradition throughout the commonwealth. Accreditation is granted for a five-year period, after which the institution must re-apply.

To read the full press release, visit WKU News.





KFP’s Nicole Musgrave Graduates

For the past two years, Nicole Musgrave has served as KFP’s graduate assistant here at our home at Western Kentucky University. In that short time, she’s accomplished a great deal for KFP, including building the mobile companion to our exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green, taking the lead in the planning of events for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, and even spear-headed our social media presence, which has grown significantly over the years. Nicole has truly helped to grow the Kentucky Folklife Program.

This past weekend, Nicole graduated with a Master of Arts in Folk Studies alongside her cohort of classmates in the Class of 2018.

From left to right: Chloe Brown, Nicole Musgrave, Susanna Pyatt, Cara Forke, Anne Rappaport, Emily Rodriguez, and Jess Krawec. Courtesy of the WKU Folk Studies Facebook page.

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Kentucky Folklife Program to receive $20,000 Art Works grant from NEA


National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018, including an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU to support the establishment of a Kentucky Folklife Network and online magazine.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” Chu said. “Through the work of organizations such as the Kentucky Folklife Program in Bowling Green, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

“We are grateful to the NEA for their continuing belief in our mission to document, present, and conserve the traditional arts and cultural heritage of our region,” said Brent Björkman, Director of the Kentucky Folklife Program. “This Kentucky Folklife Network project will allow us to further reach out and bring to a world-wide audience via the web the rich local cultural expressions being documented by passionate community scholars living throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Bosnian Dessert Demonstration on April 25th

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Dessert Demonstration
with Adina Husić, Sabina Husić, and Senida Husić

Wednesday, April 25th
5:00-6:00 pm
Confucius Institute Kitchen, WKU

Oblatne Poster


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Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange accepting new applicants

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has convened more than 130 Kentuckians from 24 counties. The Kentucky RUX network aligns people working across the arts, agriculture, community health and small business to work together toward the transformation of Kentucky’s economies, communities and sense of self.

The Kentucky RUX network will showcase a new Kentucky community this year, the sixth to participate. The Kentucky RUX network welcomes the communities of Bowling Green and the surrounding region as a host community, and the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU as a regional partner. The Kentucky Folklife Program is housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU.

The mission of the Kentucky RUX is to grow relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth. Founded in 2014 by Art of the Rural and Appalshop, and supported by the Rural Policy Research Institute and several Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky RUX has collaborated with 52 distinct partners from every corner of the Commonwealth. Our 2016 cohort of 75 participants showcases the Commonwealth’s diversity: more than 75 percent of RUX leaders are under 40, and 25 percent are people of color. Of these, 67 people completed the rigorous program, at a rate of 90 percent.


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Season’s Greetings and Winter Office Hours


The semester’s end is quickly approaching and everyone at the Kentucky Folklife Program would like to wish wish you a ‘Happy Holidays!’ We are looking forward to sharing new events, programs, and more with you in 2018.

Please note, Western Kentucky University (and so the Kentucky Folklife Program) is closed for winter break from December 14th through January 1, 2018.  We’ll resume normal business hours on January 2nd.  See you in the new year!

Bosnian Pita Demonstration to be held 11/16

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Pita Demonstration
with Fatima Delic and Nejra Delic

Thursday, November 16th
Confucius Institute Kitchen

Organized by the students of FLK 585 Foodways

Join us as mother-daughter pair Fatima and Nejra Delic prepare pita and discuss the importance of this foodway tradition to Bosnian culture.
fa035-23348018_190191038212003_2336073462944104448_nYesterday, Fatima and Nejra stopped by to do a trial run for their upcoming Bosnian Pita Demonstration (and we can vouch that it passed the taste test!)
This event is being organized and presented by the WKU Folk Studies FLK 585 Foodways class as part of the programming for our exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green at the Kentucky Museum. This event is also part of our campus-wide International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina. No reservations needed. For more info, you can visit our Facebook event page.

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Community Heritage Day this Saturday

Community Heritage Day at the Kentucky Museum will be held this Saturday:

November 4, 2017, 9am – 4 pm

Free Admission to the Kentucky Museum

We invite you to bring a selection of items that are significant to your family or our community story (maximum of five). We’ll be digitizing 2-dimensional items and photographing 3-dimensional items. While supplies last, you will be able to take a digital copy home along with your items on a complimentary flash drive. With your permission, copies will also be included in WKU’s Folklife Archive.

To see a complete schedule of events and learn more, make to sure view the event page on our website and our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

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