Welcome Evangeline Mee to the Tennessee Folklife Program

August 16, 2019 Dr. Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife– I am pleased to announce the appointment of Evangeline Mee as the Tennessee Arts Commission’s new Traditional Arts Specialist. Evangeline joins me in our work across the state to document, preserve, and present Tennessee’s diverse folklife. She will be integral to the Folklife Program’s ongoing grants […]

TN Folklorist and Park Manager, Bob Fulcher Receives National Heritage Fellowship

Bob Fulcher, Park Manager of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Fulcher has spent four decades engaged in folklife fieldwork and programming across the state. The award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recognizes […]

On Exhibit June 14-August 2: The 2019 Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

By Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife – This exhibit presents photographs and objects documenting the third year of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The twelve master and apprentice teams include Honduran woodcarver Rafael Casco and apprentice Hector Figueroa; mandolinist Mike Compton and apprentice Jackson Carter; flint marble maker Paul Davis and apprentice Kenzie Adams; folk […]

South Arts Announces Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowship Recipients

    From Ivan Schustak, South Arts – South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, has announced the inaugural recipients of the In These Mountains: Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships. These nine folk and traditional artists, from throughout Central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee, will each receive an award of […]

Tennessee Arts Commission seeks Traditional Arts Specialist

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: The Tennessee Arts Commission seeks a full-time Traditional Arts Specialist. Under the supervision of the Director of Folklife, this person will work to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans with a focus on sustaining and documenting Tennessee’s traditional art forms and artists, especially within underserved communities. The Traditional Arts Specialist […]