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Fighting for the Right to Culture

We know that for communities to be whole, we need places and times where people can linger, interact and engage with each other in meaningful ways. Festivals are times when the powerless become powerful – when families and community members take over the streets and when “ordinary people” have the chance to be part of art making and tradition making. We recognize that for our children to have roots, for our families to have a feeling of community, and for our elderly to embrace memories and discover the power of passing on traditions, we must continually fight for time and space to celebrate. AAU’s folk arts programs and festivals were created out of recognition of this need and the power of bringing people together to honor, celebrate, and remember.