July 8: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: laugh therapy, hunting for chocolate and African Heritage Dancers & Drummers

In the grand tradition of college marching band tomfoolery, the Oregon State University Mars Rover cuts a path over marching band members and the OSU mascot. (Photo by Theresa Hogue, Oregon State University)

Each morning of the Festival, Around the Mall will publish a list of events to help you navigate the National Mall and get the most out of your visit. This year’s event features three programs: Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150, Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River. Come celebrate summer with ten days of food, music, dancing, storytelling, culture and more.

Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150

Morrill Performing Arts Center

11:00 AM—12:00 PM       Laugh Therapy with University of New Mexico

12:00 PM—1:00 PM         University of Texas–Pan American Mariachi Aztlán

1:00 PM—2:00 PM           University of Hawai’i's Hula Halau Unukupukupu

2:00 PM—3:00 PM           Guernsey Brothers

3:00 PM—4:00 PM           University of Hawai’i Ensemble

4:00 PM—5:00 PM           University of Texas–Pan American Mariachi Aztlán

5:00 PM—5:30 PM           Closing Ceremony with University of Hawai’i

Commons Discussion

11:00 AM—11:45 AM        Research into Action: Presenting Research to the Public

11:45 AM—12:30 PM        Reinventing Agriculture: Gardens at the Festival

12:30 PM—1:15 PM           Building on Tradition: Helping Communities Help Themselves

1:15 PM—2:00 PM            Lifelong Learning: Festival as Learning Experience

2:00 PM—2:45 PM             The Next 150 Years: The 2062 Festival

2:45 PM—3:30 PM             Sustainable Solutions: Making the Festival More Sustainable

3:30 PM—4:15 PM             Opening Doors: Festival Stories

4:15 PM—5:00 PM             The Land-grant Tradition: What People Learned

5:00 PM—5:30 PM            Transforming Communities: Festival Connections

Smithsonian U

11:00 AM—11:30 AM         Erasing Pinhook: How One Black Missouri Town Disappeared

11:30 AM—12:00 PM        Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Audit Programs

12:00 PM—12:30 PM        Design Thinking as an Agent of Change in Your Community

12:30 PM—1:00 PM          Sousa’s University Marches Revealed

1:00 PM—1:30 PM             The Legacy of Grant Wood’s Murals at Iowa State University

1:30 PM—2:00 PM             Can Design Change the World?

2:00 PM—2:30 PM             The Beauty, Bounty, and Benefits of Beer

2:30 PM—3:00 PM             The Future of Water

3:00 PM—3:30 PM             Aquatic Invasive Species

3:30 PM—4:00 PM            Empowerment and an Electronic, Asynchronous Dialectic

4:00 PM—4:30 PM            Community Visioning

4:30 PM—5:00 PM            Aquatic Invasive Species

5:00 PM—5:30 PM           Hunting for a Better Chocolate

Test Kitchen

11:00 AM—11:45 PM         Vermont Maple Syrup

12:00 PM—12:45 PM       Traditional Hawaiian Cooking

1:00 PM—1:45 PM            Traditional Indiana Cooking

2:00 PM—2:45 PM           Michigan State Cheese

3:00 PM—3:45 PM           Food and Medicine: Medicinal Teas

4:00 PM—5:30 PM           Native Foods Across America:

Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Red Hot Stage

11:00 AM—11:45 AM          The NAMES Performers

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM          The NAMES Performers

12:30 PM—1:15 PM              Spoken Word

1:15 PM —2:00 PM              The NAMES Performers

2:00 PM—2:45 PM              The NAMES Performers

2:45 PM —3:30 PM             The NAMES Performers

3:30 PM —4:15 PM              Spoken Word

4:15 PM—5:00 PM              The NAMES Performers

5:00 PM—5:30 PM              A Conversation about Arts and Advocacy

Giving Voice Stage

11:00 AM—11:45 AM         Community Responses to AIDS

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM         Science, Health, and Art

12:30 PM—1:15 PM            Seeing HIV/AIDS Through Photography

1:15 PM —2:00 PM             The Role of Faith and the Faith Community

2:00 PM —2:45 PM           History of The Quilt and The NAMES Project Foundation

2:45 PM —3:30 PM           Quilting Workshops and Panel Makers

3:30 PM —4:15 PM            Stories from The Quilt

4:15 PM—5:00 PM             The Last One

5:00 PM—5:30 PM            Reflections on The Quilt Display

Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River

Panorama Room

11:00 AM—11:45 AM        Hip Hop: Christylez Bacon

11:45 AM—12:30 PM         Steelbands: West Virginia University and East of the River Boys and Girls

12:30 PM—1:30 PM          Storytelling: Master-Griot Storyteller Baba-C

1:30 PM—2:30 PM           African Heritage Dancers & Drummers

2:30 PM—3:30 PM           Step Dance: The Taratibu Youth Association

3:30 PM—4:30 PM           Beat Ya Feet Dance: Da Originalz

4:30 PM—5:30 PM           East of the River Boys and Girls Steelband

Good Hope and Naylor Corner

11:00 AM—11:45 AM          Beat Ya Feet Dance: Da Originalz

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM         African Heritage Dancers & Drummers

12:30 PM—1:30 PM            Hip Hop: Christylez Bacon

1:30 PM—2:30 PM             Poetry: Melani Douglass

2:30 PM—3:30 PM            Storytelling: Master-Griot Storyteller Baba-C

3:30 PM—4:30 PM           Creativity East of the River: Melvin Deal and Christylez Bacon

4:30 PM—5:30 PM           Step Dance: The Taratibu Youth Association

Douglass Hall

11:00 AM—11:45 AM         BK Adams and Public Art

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM         Melani Douglass

12:30 PM—1:30 PM            Daughters of Dorcas & Sons

1:30 PM—2:30 PM             BK Adams and Public Art

2:30 PM—3:30 PM             Ongoing activities

3:30 PM—5:30 PM             Daughters of Dorcas & Sons

4:30 PM—5:30 PM            Ongoing activities

No Evening Concerts

About Leah Binkovitz
Leah Binkovitz

Leah Binkovitz is a Stone & Holt Weeks Fellow at Washington Post and NPR. Previously, she was a contributing writer and editorial intern for the At the Smithsonian section of Smithsonian magazine.

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