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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1618
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Duval County Folk Arts in Education project files, 1984-1991, 1995-1996.
Amount: 1.75 cubic ft.
Medium Included: audiotapes
photo slides
Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by record type.
Terms Governing Use: SPECIAL USE CONDITIONS:  According to their depositors agreements, special conditions apply to the use of materials from Wesley Brown, Catherine Armah, Alex McBride and Tony McQueen.  Mr. Brown stipulates that his information cannot be used for newspaper articles. Catherine Armah states that her consent is needed if her information is to be used for any publication.  Mr. McBride stipulates that his music cannot be used for commercial purposes without his consent.  Mr. McQueen states that his music is to be used for educational purposes only - no commercial recordings or copies are allowed.
Biographical/Historical:     Legislation in 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial to the Florida Department of State. Operating as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until 1995, the Bureau coordinated the annual Florida Folk Festival and directed such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, annual research surveys and numerous other projects and programs. From 1995 through June 30, 2021, the renamed and reorganized Florida Folklife Program continued the majority of these operations from within the Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation in Tallahassee. During the 1995 reorganization, the State Archives of Florida acquired the Florida Folklife Collection from the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs’ previously maintained Florida Folklife Archives. Legislation in 2021 (2021-71, L. O. F., HB 909) transferred the Florida Folklife Program and its operations from the Division of Historical Resources to the newly renamed Division of Arts and Culture, previously the Division of Cultural Resources, effective July 1, 2021. The program is charged to "identify, research, interpret, and present Florida folk arts, artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk cultural resources and folklife projects available throughout the state."

    The Folk Arts in Education project in Duval County, a cooperative enterprise involving the Duval County School System and the Florida Folklife Program, started in 1984 with initial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project's central goal was to provide students of Duval County Public Schools with a greater awareness of local traditions and a sense of place, and was designed to compliment the existing Florida Studies component of the social studies curriculum. The project was organized to proceed in four phases. The first consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists for classroom visits, preparatory teacher orientation, and the evaluation of current Florida Studies curricula. The second phase was devoted to a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts in the classroom. The third phase consisited of in-school programs conducted by the folklorist, which included classroom visits by area folk artists. In the final phase the results were evaluated and summarized.

    Folklorist David Taylor intiated and conducted the program from 1984 to 1986. After a year of inactivity Gregory Hanson re-established the program using federal Chapter II funds. The program was originally aimed at elementary and junior high schools, but later focused on just the fourth grade. Also, the in-school programs were originally two weeks, but later lasted only one week. The highly successful project was rated as a "model for the nation" by the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1990 emphasis has been on teacher training, including such projects as P.E.O.P.L.E. (Providing EveryOne Positive Learning Environments).

Summary:     This series consists of reports, general correspondence, field notes, clippings, and press releases that pertain to the Folk Arts in Education project for Duval County. In addition there are pamphlets, reports and other publications that were used as references for this project. There is an original collection of origami and many "thank you" letters from students. A large part of this series consists of slides, contact sheets, and negatives of folklife demonstrations, as well as taped interviews of local folk artists. These interviews are indexed and accompanied by signed releases from the artists, whose skills include quilting, lacemaking, blues and bluegrass, fiddling, fishing, foodways and storytelling.

Finding Aids: Searchable index to images and sound recordings available online at
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Associated Materials: For associated materials from the John E. Ford Elementary School's Traditional Culture Infusion project, which was based off the Duval County Folk Arts in Education project, see S2724, John E. Ford Elementary School's Traditional Culture Infusion project records.
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Subject Access Fields: Folklore Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Folklore and education Florida
Children Folklore Florida
Folk artists Florida
Folk singers Florida
Folk songs Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk dance music Florida
Blues (Music) Florida
Public folklore Florida
Ethnic folklore Florida
Audio tapes. aat
Audio cassettes. aat
Slides. aat
Photographs. aat
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Songs and music
Added Entries Hanson, Gregory
Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs
Florida Dept. of State.  Division of Historical Resources.