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AFC_40thAnniv_Logo_BlueandWhite-250x300The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress would like to see how everyday people participate in folk traditions. The AFC invites you to share photos of your activities for the “My Tradition” campaign as part of the Center’s year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary.  Photos received from across the country will create a “collective snapshot of folklife in 2016” to help celebrate and commemorate the AFC’s past, present, and future as a repository of and research center for American folk traditions.

Photos of performances, artwork, food, handmade goods, or customary celebrations and other practices are all welcome to be shared to Flickr with the “MyTradition” tag (and a Creative Commons license).  At the end of the year, the photos will be added to the AFC’s collections. Visit the AFC blog, Folklife Today, for more details.

The photo campaign launches a year of special activities to celebrate the AFC’s 40 years of documenting, preserving, and featuring America’s folk culture.  Programs and events include, but are not limited to: the Homegrown Concert Series, Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, conference and symposia presentations, events at the Brooklyn Folk Festival and similar folk music gatherings, a new edition of the “Folklife and Fieldwork” classic fieldwork manual, and more.  The year’s celebrations will be topped by a concert on December 8, 2016, at the LOC’s Coolidge Auditorium.  Check out the AFC’s website for full details on events throughout the year, loc.gov/folklife/events/.