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Announcing the AFC’s 2023 Community Collections Grant Recipients

The American Folklife Center is excited to announce the 2023 recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grants program. Over this year, recipients will undertake cultural research and documentation projects focused on a wide range of cultural traditions and practices across the U.S. and territories. Their work will ultimately be included in the Library’s permanent collections, as part of the Center’s archives.

Promotional graphic for the Community Collections Grants program showing nine photos representing each of the 2023 recipients and their projects

The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative. Over multiple years, and since 2022, the grants are awarded to individuals and organizations across the country working to document their cultures and traditions, particularly communities and groups who are underrepresented in the Library’s collections. This year, of the extremely diverse applicants and projects, a mix of individuals and organizations have been chosen to receive up to $60,000 each to fund their research and documentation activities.

Click on over to the Library’s Of the People webpage to read more about this year’s awardees!

 

To learn about the 2022 grant recipients, whose projects are now well underway, check out the Of the People blog. Applications for the 2024 Community Collections Grants will open later this year, but you can learn about application process here. Stay tuned for more!

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Below is an excerpt from a post on the Library’s Of the People blog by Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar who interviews Community Collections Grant recipient Professor Tammy Greer (and team) about their project, “And We are Still Here:” Stories of Resilience and Sustainability from Houma Culture Bearers in Louisiana. This post is part of the Of the […]

Community Collections Grants: An Interview with Mark “Boots” Lupenui

Below is an excerpt from an interview by Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar with Community Collections Grant recipient Mark “Boots” Lupenui entitled, “Heirloom Songs” from Kohala, Hawai’i: Documenting a Fragile Musical Legacy, as part of a series on the Library’s Of the People blog featuring the 2022 awardees of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program. The […]

Community Collection Grants: R&B Urban Line Dancing on “Of the People”

Below is an excerpt from a post on the Library’s Of the People blog highlighting artist, documentarian, and AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Karen Abdul-Malik, also known professionally as Queen Nur. It is part of an “Of the People blog” series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. Abdul-Malik’s project focuses […]

AFC’s Community Collections Grants: Documenting Lao New Year in Iberia Parish, Louisiana

Below is an excerpt of a guest post on the Library’s Of the People blog comprised of notes, observations, and an interview by Sami Haggood (Project Assistant Director) with Phanat Xanamane (Project Director) on their project, the Louisiana Lao New Year Archive, as part of a blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the AFC’s Community […]

AFC’s Community Collections Grants: Foodways in Chicago with Jorge Félix

Below is an excerpt from a post on the Library’s Of the People blog highlighting artist, documentarian, and AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Jorge Félix and his project, Sofrito Conversations: Bridging the North and West of Chicago. Congratulations on the grant, Jorge! First, tell us a bit about you and your work. Thanks! It is […]

AFC’s Community Collections Grants: Puerto Rican Coffee Traditions with Russell Oliver

Below is an excerpt from a post on the Library’s Of the People blog highlighting AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Russell Oliver and his project, Documenting the Stories, Agricultural Traditions, and Culture of Specialty Coffee Farmers in Puerto Rico. Congratulations on the grant, Russell! How did the idea for the project come about? Thank you […]

Work in Progress: New Story Map on the AFC’s Occupational Folklife Collections

We are excited to announce the new Library story map, Work in Progress: The American Folklife Center’s Occupational Folklife Collections, which explores the many collections in the AFC archives dedicated to documenting “occupational folklife,” or work culture, and people’s work-related histories and experiences in places across the country. Check out the Work in Progress story […]

AFC’s Community Collections Grants Recipients: Habele Outer Island Education Fund, Federated States of Micronesia

This is an excerpt from a post on the Library’s Of the People blog highlighting the 2022 AFC Community Collections Grant recipient, Habele Outer Island Education Fund and their project, “The Warp and Weft of the Remathau.” Written by AFC Senior Folklife Specialist Nancy Groce, the post is part of the Of the People blog […]

AFC’s Community Collections Grants Recipients: An Interview with Urban Artistry’s Junious Brickhouse

In March, the Library announced the ten recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants, officially launching this new, multiyear program. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which seeks to create new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library of Congress and to add their perspectives to the Library’s collections, allowing the national library to share a more inclusive American story. The 2022 recipients’ projects are now well underway. To get to know them better, we are featuring each of the recipients and their projects on the Library’s Of the People blog over the course of this first, grant program year. And kicking off this series is an interview with Junious Brickhouse, the founding director of Urban Artistry (Silver Spring, Maryland), one of the ten awardees of the Community Collections Grants program.