The Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture has appointed Dr. Dominick Tartaglia as Florida’s new State Folklorist. Dr. Tartaglia is a graduate of Indiana University (2019), where he received his PhD in Folklore with a minor in Anthropology and concentration in Food Studies. He is a co-founder of Wisefolk Productions, LLC, serving as their Creative Director and hosting the weekly show Folkwise Live! on Twitch. He previously served as Curator & Folklorist at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.
Dominick will direct the highly successful Florida Folklife Program through field surveys, Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Artist in Residency and Apprenticeship programs, and curation of the Folklife Area at the annual Florida Folklife Festival. The Florida Folklife Program recently joined the Division of Arts and Culture after more than 40 years as part of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources, and Dominick is the first State Folklorist in Florida to be housed within the Division of Arts and Culture.
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