The Folk Arts Program encourages the preservation and continuation of traditional culture and traditional/folk art throughout North Dakota. This is done through fieldwork that identifies and documents traditional art forms. This work is often used in exhibits, recordings, and other projects conducted by the NDCA. A number of books and enhanced CDs featuring traditional arts and culture are available for purchase through the NDCA. Accredited Summer Folklore and Folk Arts Classes are offered to K-12 teachers and the general public interested in learning more about folklore and folk art.
~ Grant Program available through Folk Arts includes the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.
~ Anita and Alice Seavey, two young sisters from NDCA's Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program created a short video about their apprenticeship. You can view this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iO-7e8WjEc.
~ This video of the Bharatanatyam Arrangetram (a dance graduation performance) is of three of NDCA’s young apprentices from the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Ishika Gupta, Priya and Pooja Potluri are the apprentices. Margreat Sam is the master dance instructor. The video is available at https://youtu.be/CFlQttVdXWs.
~ The Hammer and the Axe is a 5 ½-minute documentary featuring traditional blacksmith master Doug Swenson of Hawley, Minnesota, and his NDCA apprentice Tim Jorgensen of Fargo, North Dakota. The film was produced and directed by Greg Carlson who teaches in Concordia University’s Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Department. Edging out hundreds of films submitted from around the world, The Hammer and the Axe received international honor as a finalist in the 2014 International Documentary Challenge. The film shows Doug and Tim working together through their 2013-14 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. This program is designed to help preserve and perpetuate traditional arts, skills, and knowledge by passing them on to apprentices, who must be North Dakota residents who will continue the tradition into the future. The documentary is available online at http://vimeo.com/93060846
~ 97-year-old Specializes in Tin Man Art
(Courtesy of KXMB-TV) Ervin Jose's Tin Man are available to purchase at the Heritage Center. For the video and story visit: http://www.kxnet.com/story/27348567/97-year-old-specializes-in-tin-man-art
~ Minnesota Bound filmed ND folk artist Rick and Connie Whittier
Ice fishing is an iconic winter activity practiced in North Dakota, indeed, throughout the Northern Great Plains. From this tradition comes the folk art of spear fish decoy carving and painting, and one of its most recognized and prolific folk artist is Rick Whittier with his wife Connie of Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Rick has taught as a master artist in the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, exhibited his work in the Office of the Governor, and sells his decoys all over the world. Featured in episode #726 on January 25, 2015, on the television show Minnesota Bound, learn about Rick, Connie, and their art: http://mnbound.com/watch-mn-bound.
~ Made for the Outdoors also filmed ND folk artist Rick and Connie Whittier, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKDZos1ZcBY.
~ North Dakota recipients of the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows were featured in a free performance at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on October 4, 2012, the recipients were Paul & Darlene Bergren, Dog Sled and Snowshoe Designers and Builders from Minot, ND. To view photos and watch the concerts, visit www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/gallery2012/gal.php?event_current=awards.
For more information, contact Troyd Geist at (701) 328-7590 or email@example.com.
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