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U.S./China Museums and Intangible Heritage Project

UOE Contact:

C. Kurt Dewhurst

Director, Arts and Cultural Initiatives
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Michigan State University Museum
Professor, Department of English
University Outreach and Engagement Campus Senior Fellow

Arts and Cultural Initiatives

The American Folklore Society has received a third grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to continue its series of collaborations between folklorists and folklore studies institutions in the U.S. and China. The MSU Museum has been one of the lead partners on each of these grants. The MSU Museum received an additional grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in 2016 to support the fieldwork plus the development of a traveling exhibition and book, Quilts of Southwest China, a collaboration among six ethnographic museums (three in each country including the MSU Museum).

The exhibition will continue to travel in the U.S. during 2017–2018.

The longer-term effort—AFS’s China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage project—began in 2007 and has been supported by the Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the China Ministry of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Asian Cultural Council, and other funders in China and the U.S. since 2011.

This new grant, which will run from 2017 through 2019, will make possible the production of three summer folklore institutes for senior and early-career folklorists, and a collaboration among six ethnographic museums (three in each country including the MSU Museum) involving original field research on southwest China folk textile traditions, a training event, and two research workshops. Folklorists from Japan will also take part in the summer institutes.