Marjorie Hunt is a Folklife Curator and Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 1982, she has curated numerous programs for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, directed and produced documentary films, and created online educational resources, including the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide. She holds an MA and Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hunt’s curated Folklife Festival programs include The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery and Legacy (1984), White House Workers (1992), Masters of Traditional Arts (1994), Working at the Smithsonian (1996), Masters of the Building Arts (2001), and Carriers of Culture: Living Native Basket Traditions (2006). She was co-curator of the 2013 program One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage. Her publications include The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery Legacy and The Stone Carvers: Masters Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral. Dr. Hunt is the co-producer and director of the documentary films The Stone Carvers, The Grand Generation, Workers at the White House, and Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts.
“I am inspired and energized by the critically important mission and goals of CERF+ and feel honored to join the board. As a folklorist, I am especially excited to help CERF+ with its targeted outreach efforts and strong commitment to serving folk and traditional artists, artists of color, and artists who do not participate in the national marketplace.” – Marjorie Hunt