sally van de water
Program Associate, Folk & Traditional Arts, ADA Coordinator
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Where do you currently work?
I currently work at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. MAAF is a non-profit Regional Arts Organization, one of six regional arts orgs serving the country. Our service area includes the nine states and jurisdictions of the mid-Atlantic region: Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tell me a bit about your career?
Since graduating from WKU, I've worked at Boston City Hall (as the city's first official folklorist), at a small nonprofit specializing in environmental and local cultural education (in New Jersey), as a community outreach coordinator for The Nature Conservancy (also in NJ), and I've been at the Foundation for about 2 1/2 years. My work here has taken me to the North Country of New York (where I worked with another WKU alum, Jill Breit) and to St. Croix and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. That's the great thing about folklore- you're always doing something new!
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
WKU gave me a great broad view of the field and its history, and also gave me the opportunity to meet people and learn about things I wouldn't have otherwise experienced.