Folklife program set for Dec. 3 at Gresham Public Library

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Folklorist Nancy Nusz of the Oregon Folklife Network will take a look at the cultural traditions of Multnomah County and the people who practice them at an upcoming talk in Gresham.

The presentation will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Gresham Regional Library, 385 NW Miller Ave.

The audio-visual presentation offers new insights about the “folkway” traditions that make Multnomah county special. Learn about culture keepers like weavers, rhythm and blues musicians, sculptors and more, along with how they learned these cultural life ways, and how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated folk and traditional arts program. The project sends trained folklorists to conduct research in the Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs will be held in each county.

Nusz began her folklore career at the Bureau of Florida Folklife, serving as folk arts in education coordinator and conducting field work. In 1991, she came to the Oregon Folklife Program first as coordinator and then director, conducting fieldwork and programming, curating exhibits and developing curriculum.

She has worked for UNESCO in Paris and collaborated with the Oregon Folklife Network in 2015 to conduct a folklife survey of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge region.

For more information about public programs in Clackamas, Columbia, Washington or Yamhill counties, contact Brad McMullen at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820. The Oregon Folklife Network is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Arts.