The 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
2018 Artist-in-Residence - Renesito Avich
Dates to be confirmed.
About the Artist & the Tradition
“One-man Cuban band,” Renesito Avich, hails from the culturally rich Santiago de Cuba where he began singing and playing the Cuban tres guitar at 14. As a teenager, Avich performed with some of Cuba’s hottest groups and went on to tour internationally before settling in Sarasota in 2014. Considered a virtuoso of the tres, a guitar featuring three sets of two strings, Avich has mastered the son, or traditional folk music of Cuba, and continues to explore the related styles of nengon, changui, and kiriva in original compositions that have helped him win several national competitions. He keeps Sarasota area audiences dancing in regular performances, and teaches music at Sarasota County Technical Institute. Avich recently released the album A Solo (available on Amazon and iTunes), featuring songs inspired by his homeland. For more visit: http://renesitoavich.com.
No folk forums are scheduled at this time.
About Folk Forums
Modeled, in part, after the Folklife Program's past Folklife Institutes, these day-long forums present local traditional artists and teach community members how to identify, document and preserve oral histories and 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.
For more information, contact Amanda Hardeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.847.PAST