Smithsonian Folklife Festival Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Stories of the American Experience

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will host a series of programs exploring American identity and creativity. “Circus Arts” will take visitors behind the scenes to explore the cultural and artistic expressions of the ever-evolving circus, and “On the Move” will examine migration and cultural identity from an intergenerational perspective.

Read full press release HERE.

I am honored to be apart of the On the Move advisory council, which is compiled of people from local migrant, immigrant, and diasporic communities who will participate in conversations on the intersections of migration, youth, and culture. See the full committee members listed below.

  • Quique Avilés, artistic director, Paso Nuevo Youth Program, GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • Christylez Bacon, multi-instrumentalist, artist; producer, Washington Sound Museum
  • Carline Brice, president, HavServ
  • Camila Bryce-LaPorte, Mustard Seed Ministry
  • Lubna Ejaz, vice chair, board of trustees, Muslim Community Center
  • Julia García, executive council, Comité Pro-Bolivia
  • Kumera Genet, musician; Líderes program manager, National Council of La Raza
  • Ted Gong, director, 1882 Project/Foundation
  • Theo Gonzalves, associate professor, American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Perla M. Guerrero, assistant professor, American Studies and US Latina/o Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Noelle Terefe Haile, talent manager, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.; research and evaluation specialist, Center for Education Equity
  • Lilia Knight, Panamanian community organizer
  • Hollis Flash Lashley, Trinidadian-Tobagan musician, artist, educator
  • John Leguizamo, actor, producer, writer
  • Ed Liebow, executive director, American Anthropological Association
  • Suzanne Matthews, president, Caribbean-American Intercultural Organization
  • Phyllis May-Machunda, professor, American Multicultural Studies, Minnesota State University
  • Rebecca Medrano, director, Gala Hispanic Theatre
  • Natalie Michel, youth coordinator, HavServ
  • Michael Morris, student; youth advisor
  • Brenda V. Pérez Amador, board member, Many Languages, One Voice
  • Mark Puryear, curator, ethnomusicologist, musician
  • Usman Sarwar, president, board of directors, Muslim Community Center
  • Joseph Sciorra, director, Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College
  • Andy Shallal, artist; founder, Busboys and Poets
  • Alissa Stern, founding director, BASAbali; On the Move curatorial advisor
  • Sebi Medina Tayac, filmmaker; organizer, Rising Hearts & People's Climate Movement
  • Doreen Thompson, president, National Caribbean-American Food and Foodways Alliance
  • Amelia Tseng, scholar-in-residence, School of Education, American University
  • Leslie Walker, project manager, Public Education Initiatives, American Anthropological Association