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What is Folklife?
Folklife is the expressive arts, practices, and lifeways that emerge from within a community. Folklife that is passed through generations grows into the traditional arts of that community. Traditional arts are often deeply rooted in a geographic location and its religious, ethnic and occupational groups, or they are carried with immigrant and migrant communities as they establish themselves in new homes. Folklife and Traditional Arts are typically taught through one-on-one interaction in a community setting. Folklife is an essential and enduring part of how communities form their identity, learn from their pasts, and decide their futures. Folklife is a living and dynamic experience expressed through art, music, dance, celebration, work, story, dress, sense of place, and belief. No community is without it, and we are all its carriers.
Since 1977, the Folklife program of the N.C. Arts Council has promoted North Carolina folklife and traditional arts through folklife apprenticeships, grants and special projects, statewide initiatives, ongoing documentation of living traditions, and an archive of folklife materials
The Folklife Internship program
This three-month internship provides intensive, directed training and experience with the Arts Council's Folklife program. The intern may also work closely with the N.C. Arts Council’s Artists and Organizations team and the Communications and Marketing team. The NCAC Folklife Office is currently based out of the DNCR Western Office in Asheville NC. For 2022, the intern may either work in-person at the DNCR Western Office in Asheville, NC, virtually, or in a hybrid style.
Training experiences are designed to introduce the intern to a range of issues and activities, including planning and implementing public programs, organizing original field research in support of folklife projects, grantsmanship, financial planning and administration, publicity and promotion of public programs, advising local organizations and arts agencies on folklife projects, and fostering interagency relationships at the local, regional, and state levels.
Folklife activities for the summer of 2022 include support for the 2022 Appalachian Folklife Apprenticeships including the selection panel, interviews, transcription, documentation, and profiles for social media, selection panel preparation for the 2023 North Carolina Heritage Awards, participation in DEAI and strategic planning research, attendance at staff and team meetings, participation in site visits to events and organizations, and the opportunity to design and undertake independent fieldwork into a region, tradition, or community in North Carolina of specific interest to the intern.
The internship takes place for twelve weeks between May and September, 2022.
Interns will be chosen based on the following evaluation criteria:
Submit your application through the GO Smart grant portal. Follow the link to create an individual profile, and select “Folklife and Arts Administration Internship 2022” under the Current Programs and Applications tab. For assistance accessing and navigating GO Smart, contact Folklife Director Zoe van Buren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 250-3123.
The internship application consists of the following requirements:
Please provide three references, and include name, address, daytime phone number, and relationship to you.
Samples of Work
Include samples of your work in cultural research or public presentation. Be sure to adequately describe the subject matter. Label all materials with your name as it appears on the application.