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Folklife and Traditional Arts Position Moves to McKissick Museum


Jan. 15, 2014

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Doug Peach has joined the staff of McKissick Museum as South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, a position made possible by a partnership between the museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission. The position was previously part of the Arts Commission staff and has been vacant for nearly a year.


"Making this position part of McKissick's staff will strengthen our work as a state in Folklife and Traditional Arts," said Ken May, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission. "McKissick's focus on traditional arts coupled with the Arts Commission's statewide reach will help connect our state's traditional artists to additional resources and opportunities."


Peach will manage programs jointly coordinated by McKissick and the Arts Commission, including the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards, the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative and the South Carolina Tradition Bearers Survey. He will also administer Folklife and Traditional Arts Grants awarded through the Arts Commission.


Peach previously worked for Indiana University's Archives of Traditional Music producing performances, lectures and films on traditional arts. He served as a project fellow for the Future of Music Coalition, worked as a music producer for Spark Media, and interned at the Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, all located in Washington, D.C. He has conducted fieldwork on second-generation Southern Appalachian musicians and on music, race relations and Gullah culture on the South Carolina Sea Islands. His additional field experience includes composing, recording and performing with the World Music Pathways Program in Mendoza, Argentina.


A native of Columbia, S.C., Peach earned a bachelor's degree in music industry studies from Appalachian State University and a master's degree in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University.


"I feel fortunate to be working in South Carolina," said Peach. "It is the state I find most compelling with respect to the traditional arts, and the place I call home. The work of the McKissick Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission is vital to the documentation, promotion and celebration of the traditions of our state. I am proud to be a part of organizations doing such important work."


For more information about Folklife and Traditional Arts Programs, contact Peach, PeachD@mailbox.sc.edu, (803) 734-8764.


About the Folklife and Traditional Arts program

The Folklife and Traditional Arts Program is designed to encourage, promote, conserve and honor the diverse community-based art forms that make South Carolina distinct. The major initiatives of the program serve both established and emerging cultural groups that call South Carolina home.


About McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum fosters awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the American South's culture and geography, attending particularly to the importance of enduring folkways and traditions. It accomplishes these aims through original research about southern life, material culture, natural science, and decorative and fine arts by holding exhibitions, issuing publications and by public programming.


About the South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development.


Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.