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ConVida - Popular Arts of the Americas (Detroit, MI 48207-2838)
Marion Elizabeth Jackson (Project Director: September 2005 to August 2007)
Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints: An Introduction to the Popular Arts of the Northeast of Brazil

Planning for a three-part traveling exhibition exploring the fusion of European, African, and indigenous traditions in popular art in northeastern Brazil.

Con/Vida seeks a $40,000 NEH Planning Grant to organize a three-part traveling exhibition, “Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints,” to bring popular art from Brazil’s Northeast to libraries, community centers, schools, churches and small museums across the U.S. The constituent exhibitions – subtitled “The Land and Its People,” “Expressions of Faith in Popular Art,” and “Poetry, Improvisation, and Song” – each address a singular aspect of NE Brazil’s distinctive culture with its fusion of European, African and indigenous traditions. An interpretive brochure and public lecture will accompany each exhibition. The exhibitions will be prepared and publicized, support materials created, and one prototype exhibition inaugurated under the Grant.

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Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Special Projects Planning

Public Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2006 – 5/31/2007