Meet the 2023 Community Collections Grant Recipients

The Library of Congress American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the 2023 recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grants program. Over this year, the awardees will work to complete a range of meaningful research and documentation focused on community cultural traditions in an array of places across the country and U.S. territories. Their documentary work will ultimately be included in the Library’s permanent collections, as part of the American Folklife Center Archives.

A graphic with photos representing each of the 2023 Community Collections Grant recipients with Library of Congress logo and orange and white design

This series of grants, part of the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, is awarded to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.

Of the extremely diverse applicants and projects, a mix of individual and organizational applicants have been chosen to receive up to $60,000 each to fund field research within Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

2023 Recipients

Myron Jackson (U.S. Virgin Islands): The Evolution of Folk Culture in the U.S. Virgin Islands Through the Prism of Historic Neighborhoods

CityLore (New York City): Documenting, Archiving, Presenting and Fostering Trinidadian J’ouvert Traditions

Los Herederos (New York City): Queens as Cultural Crossroads: Contemporary Cultural Documentation of Jackson Heights Diversity Plaza

Makah Cultural and Research Center (Washington State): Neah Bay’s Path to Wellness

Philadelphia Folklore Project (Philadelphia): Porch Places, Street Spaces: A Philadelphia Community Documentation Project

Thai Community Development Center (Los Angeles): Documenting the Thai American Experience in Los Angeles

University of Guam (Guam): Celebrating CHamoru Nobenas

University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma): Continuing Comanche Culture: Culture as Making, Craft as Shared Story

University of Southern California (Los Angeles): America’s first boats and their makers: Securing knowledge of the Kelp Highway and California’s enduring, sustainable Indigenous maritime traditions

For more information on the Community Collections Grants program, visit the Library’s Of the People webpages here. The projects of the 2022 Community Collections Grant recipients are well underway, and you can read more about them on the Of the People blog.

Community Collections Grants Recipients: “And We are Still Here:” Stories of Resilience and Sustainability from Houma Culture Bearers in Louisiana

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar, who interviews AFC 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 People blog […]

Community Collections Grants Recipients: “Heirloom Songs” from Kohala, Hawai’i: Documenting a Fragile Musical Legacy

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar, who interviews AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Mark “Boots” Lupenui about his project, Unearthing the Lost Songs of Kohala. This post is part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. […]

Community Collection Grants Recipients: Community on the Line: The Culture of R&B Urban Line Dancing in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware Tri-State Area

 This is a guest post comprised of notes, observations, and an email interview with Karen Abdul-Malik (Project Director) by AFC staff member, Stephen Winick, on her project, Community on the Line, as part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. The project […]

Community Collection Grants Recipients: Sabaidee Pi Mai: Documenting Lao New Year in Iberia Parish, Louisiana

 This is a guest post 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 the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. The […]

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Foodways in Chicago with Jorge Félix

This blog series features the 2022 recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting their cultural documentation projects over the course of this first, grant-period year. 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 […]

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Puerto Rican Coffee Traditions with Russell Oliver

This blog series features the 2022 recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting their cultural documentation projects over the course of this first, grant-period year. 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 […]

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Warp and Weft of the Remathau: Traditional Weaving on the Ulithi Atoll

This is a guest post by Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, as part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the Center’s multi-year Community Collections Grants program. Check out the first post in this blog series here. In spring 2022, the Habele Outer Island Education […]

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

This interview is the first in a series focused on the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting each of the 2022 grant recipients and their projects over the course of the 2022 grant project year. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which […]

Community Collections Grant Program: Webinar Recording Available

The Library has posted a recording of the first Community Collections Grant program informational webinar, held earlier this month. You can find the recording at this link, or view it below. Staff from the American Folklife Center will host one more public webinar about applying for the CCG grants, and you can register here. We […]