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About the Michigan Traditional Arts Program

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program is produced in statewide partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to advance cross-cultural understanding and equity in a diverse society through the documentation, preservation, and presentation of traditional arts, folklife, and everyday culture in Michigan.

MTAP Staff

Kurt Dewhurst, Ph.D., Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, MSU Museum; Professor, Dept. of English, MSU
Beth Donaldson, Co-Coordinator, Michigan Stained Glass Census and The Quilt Index
Mike Green, Web Administrator
Micah Ling, Coordinator, MTAP Public Programs
Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D., MTAP Director; Curator of Folk Arts, MSUM; Professor, Dept. of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU
Molly McBride, Coordinator, MTAP Fieldwork
Lynne Swanson, Collections Manager, Cultural Collections, MSUM
Mary Worrall, Curator of Textiles and Social Justice, MSUM
Pearl Yee Wong, Collections Coordinator, MTAP Research Collections

MTAP Research Associates:
Julie Avery, Ph.D., Curator Emerita, MSUM
Susan Bandes, Ph.D., Director, Museum Studies Program; Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, MSU
John Beck, Ph.D., Co-coordinator, "Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives" Program, Labor Education, MSUM
Bob Blackman, Elderly Instruments
Joanna Bosse, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, MSU
Howard Bossen, Ph.D., Professor, Journalism, MSU
Martha Brownscombe, Textile Specialist Emerita, MSU
Frank Ettawageshik, Michigan Heritage Awardee; Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan; Chairman, United League of Indigenous Nations Governing Board; Co-chair, National Congress of American Indians Federal Recognition Task Force
Marie Gile, Textile Specialist Emerita, MSU
Sally Helvenston Gray, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emerita, Art, Art History, and Design, MSU
Heather Howard, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Anthropology, MSU
Isaac Kalumbu, Ph.D., Adjunct Curator, MSUM; African Studies Center, MSU
Candace Keller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, MSU
Jon Keune, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, MSU
Betsy Knox, Michigan 4-H Programs Emerita
Barbara Kreuger, Independent stained glass artist and historian
Yvonne Lockwood, Ph.D., Curator of Folklife Emerita
Pumeza Mandela, Education Coordinator, Nelson Mandela Museum
Veena Mandrekar, Ph.D., Heritage of India
Dylan Miner, Ph.D., Director, American Indian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Diana N'Diaye, Ph.D., Curator and Cultural Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Chris Scales, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Arts Programs, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, MSU
Amanda Sikarskie, Ph.D., Instructor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MSU
Deborah Smith-Pollard, Ph.D., Professor, English Literature and Humanities; Chair, Dept. of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dean Rehberger, Ph.D., Director, MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Alicia Sheill, Assistant Director, MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Laura Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, MSU
Noel Solani, Ph.D., Researcher, Mzala Nxumalo Centre
Laurie K. Sommers, Ph.D., Independent folklore scholar
Steve Stier, Michigan Heritage Awardee, Michigan Barn Preservation Network
Ethan Watrall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anthropology, MSU
Vera Wiltse, Michigan Barn Preservation Network
Chris Worland, Instructor, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, MSU