by Bob Doran
The Humboldt Folklife Society is seeking your input. Here's the letter sent out by Maggie Gainer. The link to the survey is at the end.
Dear Lovers of Music and Dance,
Folk music and dance have become one of the defining characteristics of the Humboldt Bay area. Every week throughout the year, there are a number of local musical artists performing, and there is wide community support of the folk arts, evidenced by consistently packed houses and attendance at the many music and theatre festivals (e.g., Humboldt Folklife Festival, Mad River Festival, Blues by the Bay). In addition, we know that Folklife events are attracting loyal attendees from out of the area, with very little marketing.
The Humboldt Folklife Society is exploring the extent of local interest in and support for regularly offered instruction in folk music and dance, both for the benefit of local musicians of all ages and potentially for promoting arts and education tourism in the region. We want to work with and help to publicize currently existing classes as well.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, and help shape the future of folk music and folk culture in our community.