Contributed by Michael Christensen (@folkloremike)
Folklore Professionals to Convene in Logan, Utah
Sponsored by WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts, this year's conference will run concurrently with the Western States Folklore Society's annual meeting. The conference will incorporate visits to the site of the Bear River Massacre, an historic barn in the Bear River Heritage Area, and two local artists. Attendees will also enjoy an evening performance featuring folk songs of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. Professional development workshops will include a review of and in-depth action planning around the "Moving Toward a Sustainable Future" report completed after the 2013 conference as well as discussions related to new models for public folklore, career positioning for independent folklorists, contemporary perspectives on the future of folklore, and regional and intergenerational collaborations.