Jennifer Joy Jameson
Public Sector track, 2nd year graduate student
Jennifer is from Southern California and received her BA from Indiana University in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, with a minor in Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action.
For her internship she completed a summer contract job working as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This was her second summer at Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, as she had interned at the office's Smithsonian Folkways Recordings the previous summer. Read more about her internship here.
She's previously given papers at smaller student conferences, including the IU/OSU Graduate Folklore Conference, and will, this year, be presenting her paper entitled "Finding the Folkways of a Forensic Anthropomorphologist: The Kentucky Yard Art Environment of Cecil and Bet Ison" at American Folklore Society about the verbal and material culture of an Eastern Kentucky couple, both retired archaeologists, who have created an incredible aesthetic experience on their rural homestead, complete with a light-hearted, semi-fictional narrative to their creative works.
She has also worked for Traditional Arts Indiana and the Kentucky Folklife Program.
After graduating, Jennifer is interested in continuing to work in public programming in non-profit, museum and festival settings.
"I spend a lot of time down in Nashville with dear friends, catching music, participating in the regional Sacred Harp singing group every now and then, getting film developed, and planning my impending move down to Music City USA. In Warren Co., I spend a lot of time visiting Mr. Freeman Kitchens, a noted country music record collector, owner of still-running general store, Drake Vintage Music & Curios, and president emeritus of the Carter Family Fan Club. I've just curated an exhibit on his important role in country music history and culture, open until Nov. 11, 2011." Check out the blog Jennifer made about Freeman Kitchens!