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The Work of a Public Sector Folklorist: Identifying, Documenting, and Promoting Missouri’s “Arts with a Genealogy”

A visit with Lisa Higgins, Director, Missouri Folk Arts Program

By Spencer Melgren
Published: - Topics: Missouri folklore art folk arts traditional art

What are the Folk Arts?

Topics: folk traditional art

The folk and traditional arts are deeply embedded in Missouri communities and have unique histories that distinguish them from other types of art. Dr. Higgins likes to describe these as “arts with a genealogy.” “The easiest way to understand the legacy is to ask, ‘When did you learn?’ and ‘Who did you learn from?’”