Folklorists Amy Skillman and Laura Marcus Green will be visiting Bowling Green on Sept. 26-29 to consult with local groups and lead a community workshop.
Skillman and Green, co-directors of “Building Cultural Bridges,” will meet with local immigrant/refugee groups and organizations that are involved with immigrants/refugees, as well as the arts and cultural communities about resources and network building.
From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, they will lead “The Art of Community Workshop” at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, 1818 U.S. 31-W Bypass. The free workshop will explore strategies and examples of programs that have successfully merged the arts with social services in order to enhance the integration of immigrants/refugees. It will be of interest to new immigrant/refugee service providers, artists, community organizations, folklorists, arts administrators, funders, schools/educators, public libraries, museums, shops and galleries that market immigrant/refugee arts, and those who are concerned with the well-being of immigrant/refugee communities.
Skillman and Green are recognized national leaders on issues of immigrant/refugee culture and arts, and have led many such workshops around the country.
Their visit is supported by funding from the ALIVE Center, WKU’s Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology, the Bramham/Collins Fund for Public Folklore, and the American Folklore Society.
Although the workshop is free, participants are asked to register online by Sept. 24 at http://www.wku.edu/alive/multicultural/art_of_community.php.
Contact: Nadia De Leon, ALIVE Center, (270) 782-0082;or Tim Evans, Folk Studies Program, (270) 745-5897.