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Capturing the Folklife Festival: An ARTLAB+ Student Perspective

ARTLAB+ at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. was featured in a Smithsonian Folklife Festival article about the Festival. The students created three videos that documented the meaning and culture of the three programs featured at the Festival: The Will To Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and IdentityHungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival; and One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage.

“On a hot day this past summer, I had the opportunity to capture footage, help direct, and edit videos about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. With digital cameras, microphones, reflectors, and questionnaire in hand, my ARTLAB+ production team and I were ready to see what the Festival had to offer.

I was out there, camera in hand, and realized there’s more to capturing an event than just pointing and shooting. I learned how to film in certain lighting, how to use a camera microphone to conduct interviews in a noisy environment, and how to effectively capture a moment.

What do you want to be when you grow up? What are you passionate about?

I am asked these questions every day. I wasn’t certain of what my passion was until I joined the ARTLAB+ production team. After learning different editing and camera techniques from the ARTLAB+ mentors, I found that this is something I’m interested in and would love to pursue in the future.”

By Alexis Woodyard
Originally posted at Smithsonian Folklife Festival