Reflections on the Year of the Rural Arts 2014

Monday, April 13, 2015

THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS 2014 was a program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and humanities contribute…

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Introducing Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork Project

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Alan Lomax and crew filming Dink and Julia Roberts, Haw River, N.C., 1983. Photo by CeCe Conway. From the Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library…

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The 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The 2012 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering; Jessica Brandi Lifland By Savannah Barrett Founded in 1985 by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is one of…

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Emily Dickinson Responds to the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records box set

Monday, January 13, 2014

Commonplace Notebook, Matthew Fluharty On the eve of 2014, when all was calm at Art of the Rural headquarters, we received a communication from Emily Dickinson via our…

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Readings: John Brinckerhoff Jackson: Discovering The Vernacular Landscape

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grain Elevator from Measure of Happiness; Frank Gohlke We offer this Readings selection from John Brinckerhoff Jackson’s seminal text Discovering the Vernacular Landscape. The New York Times called…

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Notes From The Field: “Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard” and the Don Wahle Collection

Monday, December 10, 2012

By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor The interesting part about any ethnographic study is putting the pieces together, stepping in and out of a…

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Double Weekly Feed: Wild Girls, Our Town, Native Ground, Westbrook Artists, and more

Monday, November 5, 2012

 International Sonoran Desert Alliance, recipient of a NEA Our Town grant By Rachel Beth Rudi, Digital Contributor • Congratulations to our colleague Mary Stewart Atwell, whose debut novel…

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The Redeemer: John Baird’s Everyday Art

Monday, August 6, 2012

all photographs by Jennifer Joy Jameson By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field editor I have a few friends who were recently married—the kind of friends who…

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The Carter Family Fold and Johnny Cash’s Last Performance

Monday, February 13, 2012

Photograph by William W. Robinson of Friends of the Carter Family Fold  [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines over the second half of February, this…

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Weekend Song: Napolian Strickland

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Napolian Strickland on fife, R.L. Boyce on snare drum, Othar Turner dancing; Blues Unlimited Yesterday the Alan Lomax Archive Channel offered an update with a distinctive video of…

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