My deep dive into folklore really started with my pursuit of a Master of Arts in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Here I conducted more intense ethnographic fieldwork and analysis as well as hands-on programming experience. I worked as a graduate assistant for Dr. Tim Frandy where I got experience teaching, instructing, evaluating, and communicating. I worked with a team of fellow cohorts to coordinate and market Bosnian coffee traditions and Bosnian Pita making. I took part to plan and work public folklore events such as the Horse Cave Heritage Festival narrative stage, and the Hammer-In blacksmithing event.
My fieldwork involved interviewing dairy farmers about raw milk legends, West Virginian teachers about their experience during the 2018 strike, and online spoon carving communities. I have written practice grants and practice nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. With two other students, we created a documentary showcasing the performance of regional, professional wrestlers in Frankfort, KY.
In the summer of 2018, I interned for Traditional Arts Upstate New York (TAUNY) to help them prepare for the 25th anniversary of their North Country Heritage Award. I created a calendar of events connected to NCHA recipients, helped conceptualize, and conducted fieldwork for them to use in programming for the upcoming season. I traveled over 1,200 miles visiting over a dozen artists and places and made 8 short video pieces that showcase these people and places
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