What are Folk and Traditional Arts?
The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms, whether they are indigenous to the region or reflect the traditions of immigrant communities. Traditional arts are shared aesthetics, practices, and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a mentor artist instructing an apprentice. These traditions are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment.
Some examples of traditional art forms practiced in the South include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Indian Bharatha Natyam dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American foodways traditions, Chinese Zheng, Cherokee storytelling, Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, and Minorcan netmaking, among others.
- Online Registration Opens: January 17, 2023 | Click here to register
- Session Proposal Submissions Open: January 17, 2023 | Click here to submit a session proposal
- Session Proposal Submissions Close: February 15, 2023
- Agenda Announcement: Early April 2023
- Online Registration Closes: May 31, 2023
- In-Person Gathering:
- Thursday, June 8, 2023, 1:00pm – 8:00pm CT
- Friday, June 9, 2023, 8:00am – 10:00pm CT
- Saturday, June 10, 2023, 8:00am – 12:00pm CT
- Self-Guided Field Trips: June 10, 2023 (after 12:00pm CT)
- Three-Day Registration, Private Room (June 8-10): $520
- Includes five meals and two nights’ stay in a private room at Lake Guntersville State Park.
- Three-Day Registration, Double Room (June 8-10): $360
- Includes five meals and two nights’ stay in a double occupancy room at Lake Guntersville State Park. You may specify your preferred roommate.
- Three-Day Registration, No Lodging (June 8-10): $200
- For participants who do not need lodging. Includes five meals and participation in all three days of activities, Thursday, June 8, through Saturday, June 10.
- Half-Day Registration (Thursday, June 8): $50
- Includes one meal and participation in the half day of activities on Thursday, June 8, 2023.
- One-Day Registration (Friday, June 9): $100
- Includes three meals and participation in the full day of activities on Friday, June 9, 2023.
- Half-Day Registration (Saturday, June 10): $50
- Includes one meal and participation in the half day of activities on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
The FITS agenda will include recommendations for field trips, such as visits to nearby Alabama communities and artists. While not part of the official gathering agenda, field trips will be self-guided and open to all.
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