|The Oklahoma Cultural Arts, Heritage, and Folk Art Forum
|Date: Wednesday – October, 27 2021 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room: Museum Track: Community Development
|Traditional art forms steeped in the history of the diverse people and cultures of Oklahoma are inseparable from our identity as a state. These art forms are uniquely handed down from one generation to the next through informal yet meticulous practice, and because they are precious resources, they deserve our full attention. As the Oklahoma Arts Council embarks on a new initiative to support and elevate Oklahoma's rich folk and traditional arts and cultures, we are pleased to offer this important forum. |
"Embracing Folk and Traditional Arts for a New Day"
Led by Lisa Rathje, Executive Director, Local Learning
Throughout Oklahoma and beyond, educators, artists, and citizens are faced with identifying ways to address contemporary issues with creativity, research, and empathy. This interactive presentation and workshop will share case studies and proven models that engage traditional arts and the disciplinary toolkit based in ethnography to strengthen communities, build resilience, and create opportunities for cross-cultural understanding.
As Executive Director of Local Learning, a national arts service organization for folk arts in education, Lisa Rathje has witnessed the transformative power of bringing a cultural lens to bear on complex challenges. Just as it is for students, so it is for organizations and arts leaders. Engaging traditional arts and community-based artists contributes not only to a deeper understanding of culture and community, but offers pathways to diverse perspectives through community-based aesthetics, connectedness between and among cultural groups, and healing based in creative expression.