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Smithsonian Institution bring knowledge gained to school groups andthe general public in the Bronx, throughout the city and nationwide.The FC Program, which began collaborating with the Smithsonian Cen-ter for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2009, will continue to provideresearch for “The Will to Adorn” project until 2013.Noted 2010-2011 activities of the FC Program include:1. Nineteen interviews of selected tradition-bearers/working artistswho are masters/accomplished in their respective genres;2. Attendance at the reception for and inauguration of the A.T.T.Lobbo Traore Malian Cultural Center at City Hall (NY) and theUnited Nations, respectively.3. Four community-based presentations at the Dwyer Cultural Centerbefore audiences totaling over 300 and comprised of schoolgroups and the general community;4. Participation in the global online education conference
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sponsored by the Smithsonian Center forFolklife and Cultural Heritage;5. Customized project-specific workshops provided by the Hip-HopCultural Center in Harlem;6. FC director participation in
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/Smithsonian four-dayproject outreach and research excursions in St. Thomas, USVI, andin St. Croix, USVI, respectively; and7. Attendance at the World Basketball Festival (Rucker Park), whichcomprised onsite interviews of dress artists—including Fab 5Freddy, hip hop pioneer and former host of “Yo! MTV Raps.”The 2010-2011 teen interns included:Sha-Nia Alston, Shaniqisha Chantal Anderson, Edmond Asante, AshleyBailey, Andre Bell, Anselma Benjamin, Katherine Blanco, ChristynBrown, Jessica Burgos, Ashlee Bustamente, Gerald Bryan, MarlonCarter, Salimata Cherif, Aaries Colbert, Fatoumata Dabo, StephenFurze, Imani Gaines, Danilo Irizarry, Jordan Lamarche, Andrew Lamb,Synceir Malone, Phylicia Martin, Kaylynn McCartney, Shawna Miller,Trevor Pascal, Sterling Peguero, Collett Powell, Essence Rice, Jah’swayRobinson, Tara Robinson, Stephanie Rosello, Miriam Sintim, Elias Soto,Dana Sutton, Zide Traore, Diane Williams and Manuel Zapata.