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flamenco.jpgThe Statewide Outreach Initiative broadens the impact of folklife programs by reaching diverse audiences around the state through a variety of formats: 

Folk Artist Residency Program

2015 Artist Residency Program

The 2015 Folklife Artist Residency Program will feature master batá drummer Kenneth “Skip” Burney September 8 - 10, 2015. He will be joined in Tallahassee by his percussion and voice ensemble, Eru Chambo, for a series of master classes at Kate Sullivan Elementary School, the Legacy School for Performing Arts, and the Florida State University College of Music and Center for Music of the Americas. Kenneth Burney and Eru Chambo will conclude the residency with a free evening performance at Mission San Luis on September 10. Expect a lively performance that illustrates an array of both religious and secular music traditions. Watch a video of thier performance

Mr. Burney is one of the state’s most highly regarded musicians within the Afro-Cuban folk tradition. He holds a degree in ethnomusicology and voice from Julliard and apprenticed for three decades with well-known Cuban folk drummer Orlando “Puntilla” Rios. Throughout his career, he has performed with artists such as Miles Davis, Chucho Valdez, and Quincy Jones, and led workshops in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. The ensemble, featuring Hans Hernandez, Dany Illas, and Yannuel Romero, will present various styles of Afro-Cuban music including batá, son, and güiro. 

Download the flyer about the September 8-10, 2015 Folk Artist Residency (pdf)
Download the flyer about the September 10, 2015 Performance at Mission San Luis (.pdf)
Watch a video about Hans Hernandez, 2014-2015 apprentice to Kenneth "Skip" Burney

About the Folk Artist Residency Program

The Florida Folklife Program hosts annual Folklife Artist Residencies in Tallahassee featuring Florida's outstanding traditional artists and performers. Residencies consist of free public performances, school presentations, and graduate student workshops designed to bring folk and traditional arts into the classroom and to a broader audience. Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folklife Artist Residency Program began in 2012 in partnership with the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University and featured master Afro-Cuban batá drummer Ezequiel Torres. The following year, the Florida Folklife Program partnered with Florida A&M University's Office of Black Diasporan Culture on a three-day artist residency featuring Florida Folk Heritage Award recipient Neri Torres. In 2014, the Folklife Artist Residency Program partnered with the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University to welcome 2005 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipient and master steel pannist, Michael Kernahan.

Florida Folk Forums

2015 Folk Forum: St. Augustine


Ellen Master serving Minorcan clam chowder at the 2015 St. Ambrose Spring 
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum hosted a free folklife festival sponsored by the Florida Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Celebrating the diverse cultures and living traditions of St. Augustine, the folk forum featured interactive presentations and demonstrations by talented local artists. Activities included boatbuilding, Minorcan castnet and palmetto hat making demonstrations, Minorcan and Cuban foodways, a discussion of Greek boatbuilding and shrimping traditions, presentations by Florida State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman, and a lively performance of traditional and contemporary latin music and dance by talented multi-instrumentalist Goliath Flores and master Flamenco dancer Joel Mejias. Read more about this family event in this article from the St. Augustine Record.

About the Folk Forums

Modeled, in part, after the Folklife Program's past Folklife Institutes, the Folk Forums are day-long programs that presents local tradition bearers and teaches community members to identify and utilize traditional cultural resources in their own regions. Participants are recruited from local cultural, historical, and educational organizations; interested individuals are also invited to participate. The Folklife Program holds Folk Forum sessions at libraries, museums, state parks, and related institutions throughout the state. Sessions are intended to teach community members to recognize and locate traditional cultural resources and contacts in their own communities, so that they can document, preserve, and present their local cultural heritage through programming at community venues. Each Folk Forum includes presentations by local tradition bearers, cultural specialists, and folklorists.

More Information

For more information, contact Amanda Hardeman at or 800.847.PAST