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Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

All Library of Congress public events on site have been cancelled until September 1. More information at the link. Online American Folklife Center events are listed below.

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2020 Homegrown Concerts are online events. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions. Connection information is at the concert links. The concert videos will be posted online shortly after the events. Read about the series in this blog in Folklife Today. Here is the current schedule (Also available at this link):

August 19, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Carmen Agra Deedy: Family Stories from a Master Storyteller. Online event. AFC Facebook Free
         
August 19, 2020 12:30 to 1:00 pm Iona Fyfe: Traditional Songs from Scotland Online event. AFC Facebook  
         
August 26, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Eva Salina and Peter Stan: Serbian, Roma, and Jewish Songs. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
August 26, 2020 12:30 to 1:00 pm Ann Yao: Chinese Zheng Music from Florida. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 2, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Si Kahn: Folksongs for Labor Day. Part of the Labor Day Double Header. Online concert AFC Facebook Free
         
September 2, 2020 12:30 to 1:00 pm Joe Jencks: Songs of Workers and Wanderers.Part of the Labor Day Double Header. Online Concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 9, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Reggie Harris: Spirituals, Freedom Songs, and Other Songs of Hope. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 16, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Dom Flemons: Black Cowboy Songs and More from the American Songster. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 23, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Phil Wiggins: Blues and More from Maryland. Part of the Homegrown NEA National Heritage Fellows Double Header. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 23, 2020 12:30 to 1:00 pm Chum Ngek: Traditional Cambodian Music from Maryland. Part of the Homegrown NEA National Heritage Fellows Double Header. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free
         
September 30, 2020 Noon to 12:30 pm Changüí Majadero: Cuban Roots Music from California. Online concert. AFC Facebook Free

Announcements:

American Folklife Center Awards for 2020

The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its three competitive annual fellowships and awards programs: the Archie Green Fellowships, the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award, and Henry Reed Fund Award. Read about it: "American Folklife Center Awards 2020," by Stephen Winick,Folklife Today, June 25, 2020

Take the Archive Challenge from Home!

To participate, browse or search online materials in our archive—we’ll provide some links below. Find a piece you’d like to learn, adapt, or be inspired by, and work out your own version or your own artwork. Shoot a homemade video, take a picture of your artwork, or write down your words, and post it all online.

We’d also love for you to share it with us and with your networks. Any way you want to do this is fine, but it would be easier for us to help if your video has a persistent URL address we can link to—YouTube would work, but so would a page of your band’s website or a personal blog post. (Those are better than simply placing the video directly to Facebook or Twitter, where content tends to have a shorter lifetime.) Once you’ve placed your challenge online, please do share it out to your social media with the tag

#FolklifeArchiveChallenge

Also, send an email to Steve Winick on our social media team at [email protected] letting us know where your video, image, or audio can be found.

Learn more in this announcment in Folklife Today: "Spending a Lot of Time at Home? Take the Archive Challenge!" (May 5, 2020)

See what others are doing in this blog in Folklife Today: "Archive Fans Take the Challange!" (June 10, 2020)

Donate to the AFC Internship Program

To make a donation to the new AFC Internship Program Fund, donate online. Copy and paste or type in the "Other" box the name of the fund: Fund #651265 – American Folklife Center Internship.

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures and film screenings; Civil Rights History Events; Homegrown Concerts; and Symposia.

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