Cultural Sustainability Talk by Amy Skillman
Working at the Intersection of Culture and Change
Amy E. Skillman is co-director of the master's of cultural sustainability program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. and founder of FolkArt in Harrisburg, Pa.
Since the 1970s, folklorists working in the public sector have helped document, preserve, and present traditional art, music, and dance. How does public folklore enable us to work at the intersection of culture and change in a way that contributes to the sustainability of our communities? What does it mean to view social change through the lens of culture? Drawing on over thirty years as a public folklorist, Skillman will talk about her experience as a cultural activist, working with youth, refugees and traditional artists to make positive change in our neighborhoods. She will also discuss her most recent work: building a curriculum for a new generation of cultural advocates.