Libraries will provide training for community scholars in Pocahontas

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The next installment of the Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Community Scholars Program – a free training opportunity for Arkansans interested in finding, documenting and presenting community culture, folk life and traditional arts – begins on 10 February at the Eddie Mae Herron Center in Pocahontas. Participants will acquire skills in documenting and researching culture, archiving and presenting research, and developing projects in collaboration with community stakeholders.

This program consists of five sessions held every two weeks from February 10 to April 7. During the program, participants will develop a project to practice the skills learned. Participants are required to commit to the entire training series and registration is mandatory.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this training to Arkansans,” said Virginia Siegel, Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator. “We recognize and honor that community members are the experts on the culture of their community. This free training provides tools and skills so community scholars have the resources to document and preserve histories and traditions important to their communities.”

The next session of the Community Scholars Program will be held in Fayetteville this summer.

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is a statewide program at the University of Arkansas Libraries dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and supporting the living traditional arts and cultural heritage of Arkansas.

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