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We have officially completed four weeks of the Community Scholars training in Allen County!  The 12 soon-to-be Community Scholars have been hard at work interviewing family and community members and developing projects.  Since the program’s kick-off in August, Mark Brown of Kentucky Arts Council and the staff of the Kentucky Folklife Program have been meeting with the participants every-other week to delve into the worlds of folklore, oral history, and community research.

During the course of the training, several guest speakers and presenters have joined DSC_0064KAC, KFP and the Community Scholars participants, enhancing the training sessions with their varied expertise.  Guests have included WKU University Photographer, Clinton Lewis; Folk Studies Graduate and Community Scholar, Maxine Ray; and former director of the Kentucky Folklife Program, Bob Gates.  There are two sessions remaining before this group joins the ranks of over 150 certified Kentucky Community Scholars state-wide. We are looking forward to seeing the projects that come out of this group of promising Community Scholars!

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