The Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world in Washington, DC.
Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. The fifth annual festival took place February 20–23, 2020. Many of the shorter films are available to stream in full on their website.
Many of these films would be valuable in teaching about cultural differences, if not intercultural dialogue explicitly. Just the easily accessible short films range from Pire, a music video with lyrics in Mapuzugun, the Mapuche language of Argentina, to Grá & Eagla, following an Irish bilingual comedian using Gaeilge [Gaelic], to Puhi Toprao / To Be Happy, telling the creation story of the Yanomami in Venezuela in their own language.
Impact Evaluation Internships, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 10 weeks, year round, part-time paid opportunity. Deadline: Open until filled, posted January 13, 2020.
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is seeking a part-time impact evaluation intern to work with the cultural sustainability team on conceiving and developing an impact evaluation framework and support the management of ongoing project evaluations. If you are passionate about monitoring and evaluation and are a team player with a positive attitude, then you are who they are looking for!
CFCH’s cultural sustainability initiative focuses on assessing and mitigating the risks to cultural vitality, transforming public dialogue, implementing community-based programs, and scaling the impact of the work. The initiative covers projects around the world and includes a variety of activities such as trainings, workshops, online exhibitions, exchanges, and cultural documentation.
This internship offers an opportunity to work closely with the cultural sustainability team on developing an impact evaluation framework for the initiative. It offers a chance to gain and/or expand your experience in researching methodologies and approaches, and to articulate and form best practices and tools/models for cultural sustainability programs and activities. The internship is also an opportunity to build your skills and competences in areas of communication (verbal and electronic); organization (schedules, contacts, and workspace); receiving feedback; and establishing professional work habits.
Language Reclamation & Media Project Coordinator, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Deadline: October 1, 2019 or until filled.
This project coordinator will implement cultural heritage and language projects based on Indigenous language reclamation and media. The project coordinator will work extensively with the Center’s curator of digital media and the curator of cultural and linguistic revitalization. The successful candidate should be able to work respectfully with diverse communities. An excellent communicator who is comfortable in multilingual environments is needed. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential of up to twenty percent travel. Applicants should have experience implementing large-scale public programs, managing budgets, developing web content, and writing reports. See full position description.
The Center will begin reviewing applications October 1, 2019, and continue accepting applications until a suitable candidate is identified.
Cultural Industries Project Coordinator, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Deadline: September 16, 2019.
This project coordinator will implement cultural industries projects, including work with artisans and the building arts, cultural heritage tourism, and capacity building for cultural heritage organizations. The project coordinator will work on assignments with partners in Armenia, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, and other locations, providing project management, planning, and evaluation support. The successful candidate should be able to work respectfully with diverse communities. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential of up to twenty percent travel. Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in small business management, administration and project management, and ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
The Center will begin reviewing applications September 16, 2019, and continue accepting applications until a suitable candidate is identified.
Catalan-American Cultural Heritage Exchange 2020. Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: at least 6 weeks prior to an individual’s start date.
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is pleased to invite applications from cultural heritage students and professionals in Catalonia to join this unique program. The program will provide new opportunities for three participants to explore and expand their careers in museums, cultural heritage, the arts, and arts management over a twelve-week period in 2020. We anticipate supporting two interns who are still developing their careers and one fellow who already has an established career path. The Center will welcome interns and fellows from Catalonia into a robust cohort from Washington, D.C., across the United States and around the world. They will study museology, cultural heritage, the arts, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and archival science. The program will also create a pipeline for graduate education in American universities; interns will receive support in applying to American graduate programs, including some that offer funding to complete a two-year master’s degree.
NOTE: Over 100 Smithsonian Institution internships are available annually, as well as a wide variety of fellowships at various levels: predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior postdoctoral scholars, involved in cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, museum studies, and more. Fellows work directly with staff in the office in Washington, D.C., with access to Smithsonian archives, collections, and other resources. Applicants are welcome from the United States and around the world.