The Smithsonian Folklife Festival: A Model for Public Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage
Dr. Timothy Lloyd, American Folklore Society
Founded in 1967, the Smithsonian Institution"s Folklife Festival--which takes place each summer on the National Mall, a mile-long park in the middle of Washington, DC, that connects the US Capitol building and the Washington Monument and is flanked by many Smithsonian museums--has become one of the world"s major living museum presentations of folklore, folk art, and folk culture. It has become a valuable laboratory for testing new methods of conducting ethnographic research, presenting folk artists and performers to a public audience, and creating long-term educational partnerships with communities throughout the US and abroad. In the lecture, Dr. Timothy Lloyd will draw on his experience as a staff member and consultant for the Festival to speak about the impact of this event on the practice and development of public folklore and intangible cultural heritage work in the United States.
Timothy Lloyd is the executive director of the American Folklore Society, the US-based society for scholarship and public education about folklore, folk art, and folk culture. His office is located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of English.
Before coming to the Society, Dr. Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a nationally recognized folk arts organization located in Dayton, Ohio. Earlier still, he was deputy director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, before which he served for 14 years as director of folk arts programs for the Ohio Arts Council. He began his career as a folklore specialist for the Smithsonian Institution"s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Lloyd received his PhD in American studies from The George Washington University. His dissertation title was "The National Folk Festival: Culture, History, and the Work of Public Folklore," and his areas of study were American folklife, 19th-century American literature, American cultural history, and African art and culture. He received his BA in comparative literature and MA in design, both from The Ohio State University. He has taught at Colorado College, The George Washington University, The Ohio State University, and Utah State University, and has lectured throughout the US, in Canada, and in Europe.
His research interests include American foodways, Ohio folklore, occupational culture, the history of public practice in the field of folklore, and Ohio folklore. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals, and co-authored Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity and Tradition (University of Illinois Press), named the best maritime history book of 1990 by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
Lloyd has served as a board and committee member or consultant for many organizations, including the French-American Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Library of Congress, the Michigan Council on the Arts, the Michigan State University Museum, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Recordings Preservation Board, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio State University Libraries, and the Smithsonian Institution. He represents the AFS within the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Raised in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas, he is married to folklorist and archivist Barbara Lloyd, associate director of the Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State and for many years the associate director of the Folklore Program at Utah State University. They have two daughters, ages 28 and 17.
The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888, is an association of people who study folklore and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world? Our more than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members studying and conserving folk traditions. Join us in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 22-26, 2008, for our 120th annual meeting, on the theme of "The Commons and the Commonwealth." For annual meeting details and membership information, or to learn more about folklore, the Society, and the work of folklorists, please visit our web site (www.afsnet.org).