Kentucky Folklife Gathering 2021

Mark your calendars for the first-ever Kentucky Folklife Network Virtual Statewide Gathering, March 5th-6th, 2021! We have an exciting lineup of panelists and speakers from across Kentucky and beyond, ready to share about their successes and challenges and answer your questions.

Attendees must register through Western Kentucky University ZOOM services. Click the link below to do so.

To learn more about our speakers and panelists check out our Gathering Directory.

Day 1: March 5th

TimePresentation TitlePresenter(s)ZOOM Link
9:30 – 10:45 AM (CST)/
10:30 – 11:45 AM (EST)
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!Featured Speakers: Judy Sizemore & Bob Gates
Opening remarks by Brent Bjorkman
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM (CST)/
12:00 – 1:45 PM (EST)
(Successful Projects and How to Fund Them
Moderator: Joel Chapman
Langston Wilkins,
William Isom,
Ashley Smith,
Katy Clune
1:15 PM (CST)/
2:15 PM (EST)
Lunch Visit Meet & Greet
Hosted by WKU Folk Studies Faculty
3:00 – 4:00 PM (CST)/
4:00 – 5:00 PM (EST)
A Conversation with Kentucky Folklife Contributors
Moderator: Delainey Bowers
Emily Hudson,
Michelle Howell,
Alex Udis.
4:15 – 5:30 PM (CST)
5:15 – 6:30 PM (EST)

Folklife and Resilience in Later Life
Featured Speaker: Jon Kay of Traditional Arts Indiana

To see bios of all our speakers, please check out our Gathering Directory.

Day 2: March 6th

TimePresentation TitlePresenter(s)ZOOM Link
9:30 – 10:45AM (CST)/
10:30 – 11:45 AM (EST)
Documenting Rural Queer Histories & Presents Featured Speaker: Rae Garringer of Country Queers
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM (CST)/
12:00 – 1:45 PM (EST)/
Folklife Programming with Media
Moderator: Ellie Dassler
Enkeshi El-Amin,
Tammy Clemons,
Joe Manning,
Mike Morrow & Josh Niedwick
1:15 – 2:15 PM (CST)/
2:15 – 3:15 (EST)
Lunch Discussion:
Funding and Work Opportunities in Kentucky
Judy Sizemore, Sarah Schmitt, Mark Brown
3:00 – 4:30 PM (CST)/
4:00 – 5:40 (EST)
Taking Projects to the Next Level:
Ethics, Sustainability, and Partnerships

Moderator: Sarah Schmitt
Judy Sizemore & Nicole Musgrave,
Marcus Cederstrom,
Savannah Barrett,
Naomi Sturm & Eric Morales,
Mike Morrow
4:45 – 6:00 PM (CST)/
5:45 – 7:00 PM (EST)
In the Streets; On the Walls: Community Voices, Vernacular Narratives, and the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art Database
Todd Lawrence and Heather Shirey

To read up on all our speakers and panelists, please visit our Gathering Directory