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Thursday, April 11 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
The Value of the Folk Festival to Small Cities

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Cliff Murphy

Director, Folk & Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Cliff Murphy has served as the Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts since 2015. He is the past Director of Maryland Traditions, the Folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, where he served from 2008-2015. Cliff has co-produced radio... Read More →

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Junious Brickhouse

Founder/ Executive Director, Urban Artistry Inc.
Junious “House” Brickhouse is an internationally established educator, choreographer and cultural preservationist with over 30 years of experience in Urban Dance Culture. Born in Virginia Beach, VA, his dance training began at family gatherings dancing the funk styles of the era... Read More →
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Amy Grossmann

Director, North Carolina Folk Festival
Amy Grossmann is the Interim President & CEO of ArtsGreensboro, the leading arts funding organization in Guilford County that financially supports more than 50 arts organizations and projects each year, connects the public to arts and entertainment, and financially supports the area... Read More →
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Jon Lohman

Director, Virginia Folklife, Virginia Humanities
Jon Lohman is the Virginia State Folklorist and director of the Virginia Folklife Program. Jon earned a Ph.D. degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Since coming to Virginia Humanities in 2001, Lohman has been actively showcasing Virginia’s rich cultural... Read More →
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Phillip Wiggins

Musician, Chesapeake Sheiks
Pioneering blue harmonica players and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.