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Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program announces Glespie Ray Deweese as recipient of Homer Ledford Award

The Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University, a collaborating partner the Kentucky Arts Council, has announced that luthier Glespie Ray Deweese of Bowling Green is the recipient of the 2018 Homer Ledford Award. The award ceremony will take place at this year’s Kentucky Crafted Market 2019 on March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena in Lexington. Since 2007, this...

WKU Kentucky Folklife Program director to speak at Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Oct. 23-24

On Oct. 23-24, WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Museum Director Brent Björkman will speak at Building Bridges: A Symposium on Global Cultural Heritage Preservation about the community engagement work he has been involved with, centering on the Bosnian Oral History Project and current exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green. This symposium, coordinated by the Cultural Heritage...

Western Kentucky University welcomes stickwork sculptor Dougherty to campus October 1-19

Western Kentucky University’s Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Museum will host award-winning artist Patrick Dougherty Oct. 1-19 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green. Dougherty creates large-scale environmental sculptures made from intertwined tree saplings. His next installation will be located in front of the Kentucky Museum. This installation is open to the public at all times during...

Winchester native Naselroad selected by WKU as 2017 Homer Ledford Award winner

The Kentucky Folklife Program announces Doug Naselroad as the 2017 recipient of the Homer Ledford Award. Since 2007, the Kentucky Folklife Program, based in the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology of Western Kentucky University, has awarded the Homer Ledford Award to Kentucky luthiers who have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship, mastery of making and setting up instruments for excellent...