Through Culture Fest partnerships, Oregon Folklife Network supports the development of community programs featuring traditional artists and culture keepers listed on the Oregon Culture Keepers Roster.
Culture Fest partnerships generate paid opportunities for artists and support deeper connections between organizations and traditional artists throughout the state. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Oregon Arts Commission, each Culture Fest follows the completion of a regional installment of our Statewide Folklife Survey and offers up to $3000 to Tribes, organizations, and individuals located in or serving the surveyed region of the state. Culture Fest partnerships have produced a variety of successful projects including festivals, music and dance performances, educational demonstrations, craft events, public talks, and more.
Andisheh Center for Iranian Cultural Heritage (Multnomah) presented an afternoon of traditional art, music, and dance workshops featuring local Iranian artists, as well as three Persian artists new to our roster.
Hmong American Community of Oregon (Multnomah) presented the 5th Annual New Year in the Park, with traditional dance, foodways demonstrations, craft and food vendors, a fashion show, and processions.
McMinnville Public Library (Yamhill) presented Latino and other traditional artists for El Día de los Niños Fiesta, including three rostered OFN artists sharing music, henna, piñatas, and sugar skulls.
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (Baker) hosted "Barrel and Vessel: The Art of Aging Wine," featuring rostered cooper (traditional barrel maker), Rick DeFerrari, in conjunction with a winery tour.
Four Rivers Cultural Center (Malheur) presented the 2nd Annual Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, with cowboy poetry, silversmithing, Paiute basketry and Pow Wow dancing, Japanese Taiko drumming, and much more.
Art Center East (Union) presented two rostered artists: a Farmers Market performance and master class in Guinean drumming, and wool spinning storytime and demonstration.
Art Center East (Union County) presented culture keeper Mark Ross (old time banjo/fiddle music) and other traditional artists connected with the heritage and history of Northeast Oregon.
Traditional Mexican Ballet Folklorico Dancing and Workshop with Kenya Marquez, Max Square (August 19, 2018)
Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center (Baker County) hosted four folk artists for programming during their exhibition of textiles from the Weaver's Guild of Oregon "Color Gone Wild."
High Desert Museum (Deschutes County) hosted five culture keepers for a Traditional Arts Day at their Miller Family Ranch.
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indians: Tamastslikt featured Fred Hill and Thomas Morning Owl (May 31, 2017)
Hood River: Radio Tierra featured two traditional performing groups (July 3-4, 2017)
Los Temerosos de Juan Antonio (a group of nine) and Los Amigos de la Sierra (a group of four) performed before a live audience of approximately 200 people, plus one live and two rebroadcast radio audiences of 6,000.
Wasco County: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosted eight traditional artists at events between (April 16 – June 18, 2017)
Malheur County: Four Rivers Cultural Center featured Janet Komoto
Harney County: Harney County Cultural Coalition Opportunity Team enhanced the annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival with a Tradition Keepers Showcase with 13 regional folk artists.
Lake County: PLAYA featured three cowboy poets in a two-hour program and reception