The 2023 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program Creative Encounters: Living Religions in the U.S. explores how the country’s diverse religious traditions inspire a wellspring of creative encounters and expressions. The program centers the stories and lived experiences of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Native Americans, Humanists, and followers of African-inspired religions and other religious and ethical traditions.
Our open call for Festival participation is now closed, and participant selection is under way. We anticipate having a list of performers by March 2023.
Other ways to be involved in the program:
- Interns — We offer spring and summer internships for students and non-students alike. The deadline to apply for summer placements was March 15. Check the internship listings for updates and how to apply.
- Volunteers — Volunteers assist with stage management, audiovisual documentation, participant support, and much more. Subscribe to the Festival volunteer mailing list for updates.