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  • Temporary Tatoos and Free CDs!

    Get a temporary tattoo, and redeem for a free CD (with purchase)!

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival staff will be handing out free tattoos at the many blue information booths on the National Mall—grab a tattoo because they are (1) fun for kids; (2) temporary and unregrettable; and (3) help you tell everyone that you attended the Folklife Festival! There will be four tattoo designs to choose from.

    If you buy any CD at the Festival Marketplace and show us your tattoo, you’ll also get your choice of either of these two CDs for FREE!

    The Mississippi River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi

    Safarini in Transit: Music of African Immigrants

    The Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and is located in front of the Freer Sackler Museum. We not only offer American, international, and children’s music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection, but also CDs from many of the artists performing and other crafts, artwork, jewelry, gifts and more from the artisans and regions featured at the 2011 Folklife Festival. Proceeds directly support the artists as well as the mission of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.

    Offer valid while supplies last, limit one CD per person, per purchase.

    Our tattoo models, in alphabetical order:

    Tucker Foltz is an anthropology and sociology graduate of Earlham College and native Vermonter. He is an intern at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and working hard to help prepare for this year’s rhythm and blues program.

    Esa Frazier is a practicum student from Florida State University serving as the Evening Concert Coordinator for the 2011 Folklife Festival. As a practicum student she will evaluate, report, and provide recommendations in the areas of marketing, sponsorship, ethics, risk management, and communications based on concepts and theories from her course of studies in event management—this will contribute to enhancing these facets for future Folklife Festival.

    Jennifer Harris is this year’s Festival’s Volunteer Coordinator. She is a film producer and has managed over twenty films and worked internationally, meeting with world leaders and filming historic sites. She specializes in event planning and works as a freelancer in the Washington, DC area.

    Jeremy Krones is a junior studying anthropology at the University of Maryland – College Park.  He is a research intern, and during the Festival, he will help with Festival and exhibit evaluation.

    Catherine Somerville is from Richmond, Virginia, and is a rising junior at the University of Mary Washington, majoring in anthropology and geography. She is interning with Production Management to ensure that festival deadlines are met and everything runs smoothly.

    Van Luong is the festival blogger for the 2011 Folklife Festival. 

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