Amanda Hardeman Griffis
Amanda Hardeman Griffis is the current State Folklorist and Director of the Florida Folklife Program. She received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a M.A. in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University with an emphasis on public sector folklore, photography, and ethnographic film. She has used her skills as a folklorist and documentarian in a variety of capacities with the National Park Service, the Kentucky Folklife Program, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and the Folk School of St. Louis. As Florida State Folklorist, she serves on the board of the Florida Folklore Society and coordinates the Florida Folklife Program’s core annual programs including fieldwork surveys, the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, the Folklife Area of the Florida Folk Festival, and public outreach events and special projects.