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NEA 2017 Spring Art Works Grants Announced

ACE is excited to announce that ours was one of the 1,029 Art Works grants approved for agency support this spring. We will be working with Delta State University on a multi-channel project entitled “Back Home to the Delta: Preserving, Cataloging and Repatriating the Historic Lomax Mississippi Recordings, 1933-42″. We look forward to sharing more as it unfolds.

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ACE presents and repatriates Alan Lomax’s films at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church, in Canton, Mississippi

Due to weather, Lamont Pearley, Jr., and Jorge Arévalo Mateus were unfortunately unable to attend the annual Folklorists in the South (FITS) retreat organized by South Arts, in Canton, MS, on April 8, 2017. Scheduled to present local footage from the Lomax Collection at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church—and donate the video shot at the church to the congregation—we were instead ably represented by Scott Barretta (University of Mississippi/Delta State University) and Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress). What follows in this report is based on personal communications with Scott Barretta, Nancy Groce, and Teresa Hollingsworth, South Arts’ Senior Director, who organized the program.

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Alan Jabbour: 1942-2017

Anna Lomax Wood says goodbye to Alan Jabbour, founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, who passed away on January 13.

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Lomax: Caçador de cançons presented at the Cántut festival

On November 19, 2016, Spanish-music scholar Judith Cohen attended the Càntut Festival, held in Cassà de la Selva, near Girona, Catalonia, to give a presentation as an introduction and background to Rogier Kapper’s film, Lomax the Songhunter [Lomax: Caçador de cançons]. The presentation followed Alan’s trajectory through Spain, with bits of music.

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