Strategic Partner Spotlight: Oregon Folklife Network

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Riki Saltzman, Executive Director, Oregon Folklife Network

Riki Saltzman, Executive Director, Oregon Folklife Network

By Carrie Kikel | Monday, April 14, 2014
Strategic Partner Spotlight: Oregon Folklife Network

A conversation with
Riki Saltzman, Executive Director
Oregon Folklife Network

What is your mission? 
As the state’s folk and traditional arts organization, the Oregon Folklife Network  works with  statewide culture and heritage partners to make a meaningful difference in Oregon communities and Tribes by documenting, supporting and celebrating our diverse cultural traditions and by empowering our tradition keepers.

How does your partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission benefit your work? 
Our partnership with the Arts Commission enables OFN to connect with folk artists, organizations, communities and Tribes across the state to determine local needs, deliver technical assistance and create new opportunities for folk artists. We help artists present their music, dance, song, crafts, stories and knowledge in parks, libraries and schools, as well as at festivals, conferences and gatherings or via exhibits, videos and the internet. As the Commission’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts partner, we receive NEA Folk & Traditional Arts partnership funding through a national competitive process. Those funds leverage others, allowing us to conduct field research and collaborate with communities, organizations and Tribes to develop and sponsor high quality folk arts programming that increases public awareness of Oregon’s diverse living cultural heritage.

What are some upcoming events or activities you'd like to share?
Eugene, Ore. - May 1, 2014 -OFN benefit with fisher poets Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman, Cozmic Pizza: 4 p.m. writing workshop, 7 p.m. concert.

Oregon State Parks - June 2014 - OCT funds the OFN, OAC and Oregon Parks and Recreation to present Arts in the Parks! with traditional artists at Vista house (Crown Point), Milo McIver, Tryon Creek, Blue Mountain, Wallowa Lake and Stubbs Stewart.

Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur counties, April - June 2014-- Ongoing Oregon Folklife Survey in (NEA funded)-let us know about your traditions!

Gorge fieldwork for 2014-15-Next stage of statewide Oregon Folklife Survey-we welcome names and contact information for local traditions and traditional artists.

For further information, contact Riki Saltzman: or 541-346-3820 

Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280