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Florida Folklife Program at the Peck Center

Aug 02, 2013 02:00AM
Florida Folklife is traditional expressive culture shared within the various groups in Florida - familial, ethnic, occupational, religious, and regional. Expressive culture includes a wide range of creative and symbolic forms such as custom, belief, technical skill, language, literature, art, architecture, music, play, dance, drama, ritual, pageantry, and handicraft, which forms are generally learned orally, by imitation, or in performance, and are maintained or perpetuated without formal instruction or institutional direction.

The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents the folklife, folklore, and folk arts of the state. The Florida Folklife Program (FFP) coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about our traditional culture.

On Tuesday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Florida Folklife Program will present a Folk Forum at the Peck Community Center. Demonstrators include African American hymnists Deacon Lawrence Williams and Laura Rhodes, net-maker Billy Burbank, hip-hop artists Mal Jones and Paten Locke, eco-shrimping tour guide Kevin McCarthy, and state folklorist Blaine Waide.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (850) 245-6427 or visit