Living Traditions: Communities & Cultures of Central & South America

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Virtual Conference

Living Traditions: Communities & Cultures
of Central & South America

Via Zoom on Friday, November 11, 2022, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
and Saturday, November 12, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

Join us for a virtual conference covering a wide range of topics relevant to our area’s communities in an open dialogue about forms of preservation and adaptation of cultural heritage in the multicultural context of American society. The presentations offer insights into the ability of traditions to transform and reflect changes in the way of life both in Latin America and the United States. Presenters discuss how folk and traditional artists explore new themes and stories in their works, employ new tools and materials in the creative process, and identify new ways to connect the past to the present—all so that arts, traditions, and cultural values can be preserved and passed on to future generations.

Social and political changes, localization and globalization, development of technology and communication, and recognition of environmental issues are reflected in various components of cultural heritage. These sometimes add national and international perspectives to local knowledge, ritual behaviors, and artistic interpretations. In other words, traditions are examined not as a frozen list of objects or practices but as a complex process of continuity and change over time. Presenters offer observations on cultural expressions of syncretic belief systems and compare aesthetics and symbolism in various visual and performing arts.

Via Zoom on Friday, Nov. 11

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT – Moderator: Iveta Pirgova (WheatonArts)

6 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. 
Recycled Sounds: Brazilian Instruments
Dendê Macêdo (Artist)

6:40 p.m. – 7 p.m. Discussion

7 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Newentun: Calling on the Life-Force – Mapuche Hip Hop as Audiovisual Production
Amalia Córdova (Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

7:40 p.m. – 8 p.m. Discussion

Via Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 12

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Moderator: Iveta Pirgova (WheatonArts)

3 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
African Cultural Idioms in Latin America and U.S.
Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (University of California at Santa Barbara)

3:40 p.m. – 4 p.m. Discussion

4 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Urban Condors: Traditional Andean Music
Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe (Philadelphia Folklore Project, Los Herederos) and Andres Jimenez (Artist)

4:40 p.m. – 5 p.m. Discussion

Professional Development

Teachers, this conference is a PD opportunity! Receive a certificate for 4 hours with attendance and engagement.

Programming for this Virtual Conference is provided by the Down Jersey Folklife Center, a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and WheatonArts, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The logos of the organizations involved in HalloWheaton: Remembering Your Ancestors Celebration Special Program. "PRESENTED BY: NEW JERSEY STAYE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS EST. 1966, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS arts.gov, NEW JERSEY COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, LATINOAMERICANAS: RAICES CULTURALES, EMBASSY OF CHILE, ARTESANIAS DE CHILE, NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL COMMISSION, FRIENDS OF THE IXCHEL MUSEUM: SUPPORTING THE TEXTILE ARTS OF GUATEMALA, and CUMBERLAND COUNTY CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMISSION"
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