The Folklife program of the North Carolina Arts Council and its project partner, the N C. Folklife Institute, have received a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council for the 2011–2012 Community Folklife Documentation Institute (CFDI).
The documentation institute provides a teaching and learning experience dedicated to the documentation of local culture and community folklife — the traditions of artistic expressions centered in home, church, community and occupation that make life meaningful. The year’s program focuses on the documentation and presentation of the African American Music Trail, an eight-county project designed to stimulate cultural tourism in eastern N.C. through the celebration of the region’s rich and unique African American musical heritage.
The institute provides a monthly series of weekend documentary workshops at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery in Greenville and at the Wayne County Arts Council in Goldsboro. Participants work on specific assignments after each monthly workshop, building skills and interview experience. Mentors are on hand to discuss strategies and offer technical assistance. CFDI offers local citizens the opportunity to participate in the making of the trail through the practice of documentary skills and the creation of digital products that will present and promote authentic stories and sites that make musical culture in eastern N.C. so unique and special. Other project partners include the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and the N.C. Folklore Society. CFDI also has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council.