800-chair set up for the Motor City Stage
Barbara Strickland, associate director for finance and administration, heads out to survey the Festival grounds.
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Director Dan Sheehy (left) and Folklife Festival Director Stephen Kidd
This team coordinated the participation of over 450 volunteers through the run of the Festival: (clockwise from top center) Volunteer assistant Kerry Fogarty, intern Allison Fischbach, volunteer coordinator Jennifer E. Harris, and intern Paula deMan.
Participant hospitality lead volunteer Marilyn Davis (left) with art director Krystyn MacGregor. Marilyn made sure that all the Festival participants had a safe, comfy, and well provisioned place to rest and take breaks. Krystyn oversaw all of the Festival design from publications to text panels to concessions signage.
Alex Saunders (right), Festival assistant technical director, takes a break with staff from the Smithsonian crew.
Angelita Thomas, assistant to the Festival technical director, takes a break in the Participant Hospitality tent. Barbara, a returning volunteer, provided massages that restored the strength and energy of Festival participants and staff.
Eddie Mendoza, Festival services manager, gives a lift to one of the food concessions staff.
Kristen Jones and Andrew Bautista coordinated the transportation of over 500 Festival participants and staff.
Betty Belanus and her interns worked on making the Festival as accessible as possible for visitors and participants with disabilities and on evaluating various aspects of the Festival: (standing, left to right) Interns Hester Clarke, Casey Carlson and Lauren Lauzon, and Accessibility Aide Brendan Ziebarth;( seated, left to right) Interns Meghan Burke and Jeremy Krones, and Curator Betty Belanus.
This crew coordinated the lodging and travel of over 400 participants and contract staff: (from left to right) Housing coordinator Jeannette Lara, Peace Corps participant assistant Meredith Adhikari, Rhythm and Blues participant assistant Anna Kaplan, participant coordinator Laura Smith, and Colombia participant assistant Diana Bossa Bastidas.
Senior graphic designer Zaki Ghul
Foodways coordinator Arnie Malin with Colombia program intern Carolina Restrepo in the Colombia foodways kitchen
María Angelica Rodriguez Ibañez facilitates and interprets for María Florinda Coy Castilla.
Peace Corps program intern Evangeline Mee facilitates a Tongan foodways demonstration by Elena Borquist Noyes and Mele Vaikeli
Marketplace craft sales coordinator Rachel Delgado-Simmons (right) and craft sales assistant Ashley Matthews
Colombia program coordinator Cristina Díaz-Carrera
Eric Griffis and Harry Kidd from the video documentation set up for a program at one of the R&B stages.
Festival video director Charlie Weber and his team produced dozens of videos before, during, and after the Festival.
Festival video team (front to back): Video assistant coordinator Michael Headley, Sophia Dagher, Rafadi Hakim, and Brandon Callahan
Eileen Wayner, special events coordinator, gives a lift to Mariachi Los Amigos, which includes Smithsonian Folkways summer interns Marcos Ruedas (left) and Jessie Vallejo (backseat), as well as Folklife Center director Daniel Sheehy (not visible).
(left to right) Volunteer Reilly Rosbotham, Smithsonian Folkways sound production supervisor Pete Reiniger, and audio coordinator/head archivist Jeff Place
Photo documentation team (left to right): Aurelie Beatley, Rebecca Weil, Samantha Hawkins, Kathryn Mitchell, and photo coordinator/archivist Stephanie Smith
Claudia Telliho, financial management specialist, keeps things running from inside the Admin1 trailer on the National Mall.
Ramona Dowdal, Folklife Center volunteer, organizes participant meal tickets from inside the Admin1 trailer.
Production management Intern Catherine Somerville holds the fort in the Admin2 trailer.
(front to back) Education intern Jeremy Krones, communty and online engagement fellow Ariel Fielding, and administration intern Kathryn Conlin in the Admin2 trailer.
Festival blogger Van Luong with senior graphic designer Josue Castilleja.
Pargo and radio coordinator Andy Derbyshire takes a break in the Admin2 trailer.
IT specialist Pamela Rogers took care of the staff computing and internet needs down on the National Mall.
Tim Bergstrom and Alaric Strickland of the tech crew take a drive through the site.
R&B lead volunteer Zakiya Williams changes the daily performance schedule.
Sound engineer Henry Cross at the controls of one of the R&B program stages.
Festival director Stephen Kidd with R&B program participants Dr. Mable John and William Bell
Folklife Center curators Betty Belanus, Diana N'Diaye, Marjorie Hunt, and Olivia Cadaval take visiting colleagues on a tour of the Colombia program.
Production manager Reshma Sinanan-Hill and pargo and radio coordinator Andy Derbyshire
Staff, interns, and volunteers convene for the daily 9 a.m. production meeting.
Security officer Donald Person with Sassy the Mule in the Colombia program area.
Trasan Moore, festival administrative assistant, visits Sassy the Mule in the Colombia program.
Yasmine Lee, counter and surveyors lead volunteer, reviews the daily visitor numbers with festival director Stephen Kidd.
(left to right) Production manager Reshma Sinanan-Hill, special events coordinator Eileen Wayner, and Colombia participant assistant Diana Bossa Bastidas
Festival director Stephen Kidd reviews the plans for the final two days with the program curators, sound designer/supervisor Steve Fisher, CFCH director Dan Sheehy, associate director of finance and administration Barbara Strickland, and community and online engagement fellow Ariel Fielding.
Colombia program team, from left to right: (back row) Jessie Vallejo, program curator Olivia Cadaval, Amauta Firmino, María Angelica Rodriguez Ibañez, program coordinator Cristina Díaz-Carrera, (front) Kerry Kaleba, Jeanette Gaida, Marie Mencher, Sarah Doochin, Christina Obiajulu, Mary Hausle, Carolina Restrepo, and participant assistant Diana Bossa Bastidas (not shown)
Peace Corps program team, from left to right: program coordinator Jason Bowers, Meghan Hiscock, Ryann Dear, Irina Rubenstein, Evangeline Mee, Martina Venturi, Moriah Childers, Melanie Moore, Emily Shinay, program curator Jim Deutsch, Kim Stryker, and participant assistant Meredith Adhikari (not shown)
R&B program team, from left to right: Sheryl Sears, Mylah Howard, Charise Richards,Tucker Foltz and Zakiya Williams (kneeling), Meagan Carrick, curator Mark Puryear and program coordinator Arlene Reiniger, NMAAHC staff Dorey Butter, and R&B participant assistant Anna Kaplan
Marty Thoman and Terry Meniefield from the tech crew get a move on site break-down after the close of the Festival.
Stacking chairs from the four major stages on the last day of the Festival
Jim Deutsch and Jason Bowers work with Tyler Nelson and Michael Lavrich to dismantle structures from the Peace Corps program.