Panel Report Traditional Arts


TO: Florida Council on Arts and Culture
FROM: Sandy Shaughnessy, Panel Chair
DATE: September 11, 2015

Traditional Arts Panel, Meeting Report and Recommendations

The Traditional Arts grant panel meeting was held via teleconference on September 11, 2015. Six (6) eligible applications were reviewed and all were recommended for funding.

A complete list of all reviewed applications, with the request amounts and final scores, is provided in the following sections.

Panel comment was as follows:

Panel members appreciated being able to receive updates from applicants and to ask them direct questions. The Division was commended for the clarity of the process.

Public comment was as follows:

There were no public comments.

Panel Biographies

Mark Brown

Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts, Kentucky Arts Council
  • Former Folklife Specialist for the Kentucky Folklife Program
  • Experiences include managing folk arts grant programs, Community Scholars, fieldwork, archives, traveling exhibitions, published articles and reviews, festivals, and other public events
  • M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University

Gregory Hansen

Jonesboro, Arkansas

  • Professor, Folklore and English, and faculty in Heritage Studies Doctoral Program,  Arkansas State University
  • Former public folklorist for Florida Folklife Program
  • Research and writing on folk music, narratives, public folklore, and folklore and education
  • Research presentations at international, national, and regional conferences, and publications in various books, journals, and other media
  • Ph.D., Folklore, Indiana University; M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University; B.A., Communication Studies with non-major option in Folklore, Pennsylvania State University


Bradley Hanson


  • Director of Folklife, Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Previously worked as a member of the Cumberland Trail Music and Heritage project in eleven Tennessee counties where he did field research, audio and visual archival management, website design, radio production, and interpretive writing focused on regional expressive life and folklore
  • Received Blanton Owen Fund Award in support of his ongoing fieldwork among regional musicians
  • His dissertation, Tuned Our Way: Music, Memory, and Heritage in East Tennessee, is currently being revised for publication by the University of Illinois Press.
  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Brown University

Lisa Higgins


  • Director, Missouri folk Arts Program, Missouri Arts Council
  • Previously, Program Manager, Southern Arts Federation
  • Publications: co-authored chapter with Susan Eleuterio in Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum, (2011); various book reviews co-authored with Teresa Hollingsworth (Western Folklore); Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife entries (2008)
  • Ph.D., English (Folklore & Rhetoric); M.A. and B.A., English, Arkansas State University

Peter Hoesing

South Carolina

  • Assistant Professor, Music History and Ethnomusicology, Claflin University and Project Director, Orangeburg Music Project
  • Previously Adjunct Professor, Musicology, Florida State University; Music Instructor, Groove Entertainment and Music Services; Director, African Music & Dance Ensemble, Florida State University; Adjunct Professor, Humanities in Music, Tallahassee Community College
  • Africanist musicologist, educator, percussionist and vocalist and his primary research interests include Ugandan ritual music and popular music
  • President, Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast Caribbean Chapter (SEMSEC) and
  • Liaison to the African Studies Association, SEM African Music SectionPh.D., Musicology, Florida State University; M.M., Musicology, emphasis in Ethnomusicology, Florida State University; B.A., Music and Africana Studies, Luther College

Vanessa Navarro

Miami-Dade County

  • Folklife Specialist, History Miami
  • Previously Service and Engagement Coordinator, University of Miami, Public Allies, Catalyst Miami
  • M.M., Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Florida State University; B.A., Anthropology, Cum Laude, University of Florida

Maida Owens


  • Folklife Program Director, Louisiana Division of the Arts
  • Cultural anthropologist specializing in Louisiana traditional cultures
  • Previously, Crafts marketing Program Director, Louisiana Division of the Arts
  • B.A. and M.A., Louisiana State University

Panel Recommendations

Date & Time September 11, 2015 2:00 PM - to conclusion
Application Types

SCP - Discipline-Based (Traditional Arts)

This list contains the panel recommendations to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. This is not a final funding recommendation. Panel review is step 2 in a 4 step review process.

# App Num Applicant
Project Title
Application Type Request Recommendation Avg Score
1 African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc.
20th Annual Florida African Dance Festival
Gadsden County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$25,000 $25,000 93.857
2 ACA of Central Florida, Inc.
Music and Dance of India
Seminole County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$25,000 $25,000 91.714
3 Delou Africa, Inc.
7th Annual Africa Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida
Miami-Dade County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$25,000 $25,000 91.286
4 Florida Storytelling Association, Inc.
Florida Storytelling Festival
Lake County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$16,400 $16,400 89.857
5 Native Heritage Gathering, Inc.
Native Rhythms Festival 2016
Brevard County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$12,000 $12,000 85.000
6 Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, FL, Inc.
Jewish Traditional Arts Programming
Pinellas County
SCP: Discipline-Based
Traditional Arts
$10,700 $10,700 84.857