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"A Handful of Dinky": African American Storytelling in Missouri
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1992)
Americans have had to rely largely on their shared oral traditions to reconstruct their cultural past. One of the foremost traditional African American narrators in Missouri today is Gladys A. Coggswell, a master storyteller in the Traditional Arts...
Buildin' Boats, Giggin' and Foolin' Around is All Fun: Traditional Material Culture of the Ozark Waterways
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1996)
Gigging - the practice of using a steel object in the shape of a large fork to impale fish - has long been a popular traditional activity in the Missouri Ozarks. Many natives of the area consider gigging to be their sport, despite several attempts...
¡Qué Viva el Westside! Mexican Traditional Arts in Kansas City, Missouri
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1993)
Mexico,” Heriberto (Beto) Lopez, Sr., is currently a master artist for Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, tutoring apprentice Antonio Sierra, Jr. in the art of mariachi trumpet playing....
Halau Hula O Missouri: Hawaiian Hula and Lei-making in Missouri
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1999)
Despite their relatively small population, Hawaiians in Missouri have a high visibility because of their interest in teaching and performing their distinctive folk arts. This essay focuses on hula dance and lei-making, beginning with a look back...
You'll Never Get Ireland in American: Irish Traditional Music and Dance in St. Louis, Missouri
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1994)
's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, among them master Patrick Gannon, Helen Gannon, Niall Gannon, Larry McNally, and apprentices Gregory Krone and Eileen Gannon. This essay is based in large part on interviews with these talented and dedicated traditional...
Polkas, Fastnacht and Kloppelei: Contemporary German Folk Arts in Missouri
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1997)
of two master folk artists who were selected to participate in Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in 1996-7: Marilyn Loehning, an accordionist from Hermann, and Christa Robbins, a bobbin lacemaker from Dixon. Their stories highlight...
Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Partnership for MFAP Collaborations in Arts & Sciences
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 2009)
statement is Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which in the past twenty years has paired over three hundred teams of artists to convey folk arts traditions from one generation to the next. However, the MFAP has long been involved in cross...
The Ozark Johnboat: Its History, Form and Functions
(Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1991)
This essay looks at three aspects of wooden johnboats. The first section tracks their history from their roots in Colonial Missouri through the present day of 1991. Johnboats were used during the period of railroad construction. They have been...
How I Got Over: African-American Gospel Music in the Missouri Bootheel
(Missouri Folk Arts Program of the Missouri Arts Council, 1995)
This essay emerged from the Bootheel Underserved Arts Communities Project, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and the State Historical Society of Missouri at the University of Missouri...
Fifteen Years of the Missouri Folk Arts Graduate Internships
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2009)
of folklore at MU offers a truly interdisciplinary experience, including the opportunity to intern with the Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP)....
Folk Arts: When Tradition Meets Technology
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2010)
When people think about “traditional arts,” people don't tend to think “technology.” Some would even say there is a tension between the two. However, the number of people who turn to the internet to learn more about the ...
A Storyteller's Story: Gladys A. Coggswell
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2005)
Mrs. Gladys A. Coggswell, a master traditional artist in African-American storytelling from Frankford, MO., will be the recipient of the 2005 Missouri Arts Award in the Individual Artist category. This prestigious award is the state's highest honor...
Creative Opportunities for Missouri's Traditional Artists
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2008)
rewarded through a new opportunity from the Fund for Folk Culture (FFC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the dynamic practice and conservation of folk and traditional arts and culture throughout the United States. The Folk Arts staff nominated three...
Echoes of the voiceless
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
Transcending the metanarrative: the postmodern spirituality of Shirazeh Houshiary's sculpture
Through her mystically infused, minimalistic sculptures, Iranian-Âborn, London-Âbased artist Shirazeh Houshiary (1955-Â ) has continued the trend of abstract spiritually in contemporary art. However, the theology that ...
Art in the Basement: Mandingo Gara from Sierra Leone
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2007)
In the spring of 2006, however, while a graduate intern at the Missouri Folk Arts Program, I was able to observe firsthand an artist as he created art in what may seem the most unlikely of settings—a basement in urban St. Louis. That day I traveled...
Heroic painting and its contemporary interpretation
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
of paintings that represent a past glory of traditional art in a modern day setting with updated characters. In techniques employed, each work is a 'master study' from a master artist. Their previous work is examined and informs the decisions made with my...
Allemande Left and Do-si-do: Missouri Folk Arts Turns Corners With Rural Schools
(MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2005)
The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) has produced educational projects for school children for several years, from traveling exhibitions to school performances. The most long-lasting project is “Tuesdays at the Capitol.” ...
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] My sculptural work is comprised of tool-like objects of unknown utility. Each object is made up of materials traditionally used both in Art and Craft contexts...