Artquake Project Records

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Coll 378 OFP Artquake (local)
1994 (Inclusive dates)

The Oregon Folklife Program was Oregon's statewide folklife program from 1988 to 2012. Artquake was a Portland, Oregon arts festival held annually on Labor Day weekend, 1977-1995. The collection comprises 300 color slides and five sound recordings of folk arts and music performances at Artquake in Portland, Oregon in 1994.

Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents note

The collection comprises color slides and sound recordings of folk arts performances at the Artquake arts festival in Portland, Oregon in 1994. Artquake was held annually on Labor Day weekend from 1977 through 1995 in the South Park blocks. In 1994 the Oregon Folklife Program was invited to present traditional arts of the Portland metro area. "It's Festival Time, Celebrating Traditions" featured performances of traditional music, dance, and storytelling on two stages, and craftspeople at a demonstration area. Traditions presented included Hawaiian dance and lei making, Native American drumming and dancing, African American hair braiding and singing, Cambodian dance, East Indian music and dance, Irish music and dance, Japanese flower arranging, Chinese paper cutting, Angolan storytelling, and more

The collection includes 301 slides (dated Sept 12, 1994, with no other information) that were taken during the Artquake festival. Stage performances include a Palestinian puppet show (slides 1, 2, 94, 254-256), Cambodian classical dance (slides 66-72, 95-96, 143-147), Arabian lute music (slides 73, 74), Irish music and step dancing (slides 118-123), Native American drumming and dancing (slides 168-180), American gospel singers (slides 181-187, 259-263), and other music and dance groups (slides 3-16, 57-65, 111-117, 192-200)

Demonstrations in the exhibit section include African-American hair braiding (slides 18, 53, 54, 148-155, 283), Swedish folk art painting (dalmaling, slides 19-21, 156-161), Japanese bamboo basketry (slides 25-31, 35-46, 208-218), Japanese flower arranging (ikebana, slides 22-24, 105, 162-163), Hawaiian music, dance, and lei-making (slides 128-137), and Mennonite quilt-making (slides 234-236, 276, 277, 291, 295). Many slides show the insides of the various tents with exhibits of such crafts as Angolan basketry (slides 47-48), Ghanaian dresses (slide 292), Filipino stars (parol, slide 275), and Mexican piƱatas (slides 205, 290). Members of the public are shown making paper crafts (slides 75-84, 247-253) and leis (slides 265-271), as well as watching the stage performances and looking at the exhibits

The collection includes five sound recordings of stage performances of Scandinavian dance music, Arabic oud (lute music), Lao music, Hawaiian music, Native American drumming, Irish music, Yiddish folk songs, Ukranian music, and Mexican mariachi music

Conditions Governing Access

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room

Conditions Governing Access

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary

Conditions Governing Access

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

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eng (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Oregon--Folklife (Local)
Portland (Or.) (Local)
Portland/Metro (Local)
art festivals (Local)
Artquake (Local)
folk festivals (Local)
folklife archives (Local)
Folklore and Folklife (Local)
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Oregon Folklife Program Archives, Artquake Project Records, Coll 378 OFP Artquake, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon
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