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2019 Michigan Heritage Awardees Announced

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program of the Michigan State University Museum announces honorees in a program celebrating cultural heritage in Michigan: the 2019 Michigan Heritage Awards. The Michigan Heritage Award (MHA) is the state’s highest distinction to honor individuals who continue their family, community, or cultural traditions with excellence and devotion. “The Michigan Heritage Awards…

Apprenticeship Program to Pause for 2019

For many years, the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Each year the staff of the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program has submitted applications to these two agencies.   Earlier this year…

A Visit With Scottish Pipers

By Molly McBride   It was a beautiful late summer day that I went to meet with the pair of Scottish pipers who participated in the 2018 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Andrew Duncan and his apprentice Duncan Petersen-Jones. As I drove with my windows down to Andrew’s home in Royal Oak where their lessons…

Rhythm, Unity, and Joy: Lorenzo Lopez’s Latinx Dancing Cosmology

By Nic Gareiss   Dancer Lorenzo Lopez is eminently quotable. In the first two hours we spend sitting together in the bright gold and yellow front room of his home in Lansing’s Southside, surrounded by many photographs of him dancing through his years, I make four full pages of quotes:   “My mother and father…

New Lansing Eastside Folklife Festival Planned for August

A new festival celebrating Michigan’s rich cultural heritage—the music, art, crafts, food, and cultural traditions of our state and beyond—will take place Saturday, August 11th, from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 East Kalamazoo Street, in Lansing’s Eastside Neighborhood.   Organized by a coalition of community arts activists and Michigan…

Algia Mae Hinton, photo by John Gallagher

“I can’t be still myself!”: a tribute to Algia Mae Hinton

By Nic Gareiss     Algia Mae Hinton, buck dancer and blues musician passed away February 8th, 2018 at age 88. While I’ve been an admirer of her music and dancing from afar since I was an adolescent, I regret that I never had the chance to meet Algia Mae. I’ve spent the last month reaching out…

High Honors for Heritage: 2018 Michigan Heritage Awards and Apprenticeships Announced

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program of the Michigan State University Museum announces honorees in two programs celebrating cultural heritage in Michigan: the 2018 Michigan Heritage Awards (MHA) and the 2018 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (MTAAP) recipients. The Michigan Heritage Award (MHA) is the state’s highest distinction to honor individuals who continue their family, community,…

Recordings from Thumb-area musicians now available online

This post was written by guest author, Dave Langdon. Dave is the president of the Michigan Folklore Society and has undertaken fieldwork for MTAP on hammered dulcimer traditions. Dave worked extensively with Karl Byarski. He successfully nominated Karl for a MHA in 2014 and stewarded Karl’s expansive collection of audio recordings after his passing in…

Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Awardee, Alex Smith

Among this year’s Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program awardees is Alex Smith, apprentice to master marimba builder Matt Kazmierski. Alex is a master’s candidate at Michigan State University, studying percussion performance and musicology with a focus on sustainable instruments and their builders.   MSU Today generated a piece about Alex last winter, highlighting the film he produced to…

Tiny Pop-Up Museum in New York Freight Elevator

Check out this story from NPR! Three filmmakers from New York have converted a vacant, unusable freight elevator into a tiny museum. It is simply called “Museum.” They collect objects that interest them and display them in this unique space. View their website here. Pop-up libraries, museums, restaurants, and shops are happening all over the…