Libraries will offer free training to community scholars in Fayetteville next month

The next installment of the Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Community Scholars Program – a free training opportunity for Arkansans interested in researching, documenting, and presenting community culture, folk life, and the arts traditional – begins June 9 at Mullins Library. Participants will acquire skills in documenting and researching culture, archiving and presenting research, and developing projects in collaboration with community stakeholders.

This program consists of five sessions held every two weeks from June 9 to August 4. Each session will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and parking passes will be provided. During the program, participants will develop a project to practice the skills learned. Participants are encouraged to commit to the entire training series and registration is required.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this training to Arkansans,” said Virginia Siegel, Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator. “We recognize and honor that community members are the experts on the culture of their community. This free training provides tools and skills so community scholars have the resources to document and preserve histories and traditions important to their communities.”

The next session of the Community Scholars Program will be held in Fox, Arkansas, this fall.

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is a statewide program at the University of Arkansas Libraries dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and supporting the living traditional arts and cultural heritage of Arkansas.

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