Tennessee Arts Commission Receives Folklife & Education Award Recognition12.15.2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — During an American Folklore Society meeting in 2008, the Folklore and Education section announced the winners of the annual Dorothy Howard Award for Excellence in Folklife and Education for work which encourages K-12 educators or students to use or study folklore and folkloristic approaches in school environments.
The Tennessee Arts Commission received the Honorable Mention this year for the Fisk Jubilee Singers project, Singing Our Song, The Fisk Jubilee Singers. The project included a documentary on DVD, an audio CD, and extensive lesson plans. According to Dr. Robert Cogswell, director of Commission's Folklife Program, the judges were impressed with this resource, and they were especially pleased that it was distributed to schools throughout Tennessee. The teaching materials were part of the Commission's American Masterpieces project, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. 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 involved in folklore work. Many members live and work in the U.S., but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, Today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the U.S.
A collective of humanities scholars, museum anthropologists, and private citizens — including author Mark Twain and US President Rutherford B. Hayes — founded the Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1888.