Smithsonian Folklife Festival seeks photography volunteers…
Established in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. We are currently seeking volunteer photographers to help document the Festival.
Photographers get behind the scenes access to Festival participants and performances, and are responsible for photographing participants, visitors, performances, and other volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are trying to build a portfolio. Their work is archived at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and is used for media and promotional materials. Photo Volunteers must bring their own digital camera with them and should submit a portfolio of 8-15 images via a Dropbox link, a link to a personal website, or a photo sharing program such as Flickr (No Instagram or Tumblr sites please). They should also have some experience using an external flash. DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras are required. No point and shoots.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
This year’s Festival:
Armenia: Creating Home
Take a glimpse into Armenian Culture, greatly influenced by its surroundings, heritage, and ongoing exchange with its many diasporas around the world. Foodways presentations and artisan craft traditions tell the importance of economic and cultural sustainability in the face of change and how these practices create home – both in concept and form.
Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean
Human towers. Giant puppets. Fire-breathing dragons. Behind the spectacular cultural expressions of Catalonia, resilient networks of people work together to ensure the vitality of their local cultures and their livelihoods. Join Catalan artists and musicians as they share their public life and expressions of Catalan identity with us. As they say in Catalan, “Fem pinya!” Let’s come together!
10:30 AM – 6:30 PM (days)
6 PM – 9 PM (evenings)
GET INVOLVED: Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. To complete an application, please visit www.festival.si.edu/volunteer.