Generosity in 2020.
Please consider us in your gift giving this year.
Your donations help us provide direct financial support to traditional artists & culture bearers,
produce an annual folklife festival, share stories of culture and heritage in BorderLore,
and much much more.
Traditional Artist & Culture Bearer Relief Fund
COVID-19 has revealed deep vulnerabilities within many of those we serve. To provide direct support to these artists and culture/heritage practitioners, we’ve reopened applications for the Traditional Artist & Culture Bearer Emergency Relief Fund with additional money from the Arizona Commission on the Arts (10K) and individual donors.
We are updating a list of additional resources and relief opportunities here.
Announcing the 2020 Master-Apprentice Artist Awardees
A capoeirista, a Navajo weaver, a horse hair and agave fiber rope maker, a mariachi folk violinist, a steel pan craftsman, a paper flower maker, an O’odham silversmith, an ancestral foodways chef, glass blower, and a folk musician are the 2020 recipients of the annual Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) Master-Apprentice Award. The recipients were nominated by community members and selected by a panel of cultural leaders and peers. Artists/tradition bearers receive $5,000 each and emerging-artist mentees receive $500 to support the transmission of traditional knowledge and work together for one year. Read about this year’s awardees here.
End-of-life practices in Tucson’s Muslim, Jewish, Chinese, and LGBTQ Communities. (Videos by Cáit Ní Síomón, trailer by Nate McKowen)
Our End of Life: Continuum program shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona. Four short short videos explore Tucson’s Muslim, Jewish, Chinese, and LGBTQ communities. The videos were created n collaboration with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership as educational resources for members of those communities, but hold value for the general public. We hope they invite reflection on end-of-life traditions and encourage you to spend time thinking and planning for that eventuality. A helpful guide for this is here, and additional resources based on SFA documentation and events are here. View all four videos here.
Our monthly online journal, BorderLore, aims to document, share, and elevate folklife in the borderlands region (Arizona, New Mexico, southern California, southern Utah, west Texas, and northern Mexico), seeking what is often “hidden in plain view.” By celebrating the “embellished ordinary,” we hope to connect people across culture, tradition, and geography. Read Borderlore here.