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We Got Grit: Arts, Music, and Community after the 2013 Boulder County Floods (Faculty Development Grant)

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Art Practice | Arts Management | Emergency and Disaster Management | Music | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture


The outcomes of my fall 2016 faculty development grant supported my professional travel to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and interview artists, musicians, and community members in the town of Lyons, Colorado, a small arts community that bore the brunt of a major flooding event in September 2013. I examined the role of arts and music organizations in shaping the town’s flood recovery efforts, as well as the ongoing struggle for affordable housing vital for relocating displaced local artists and musicians. This research was important to me professionally because Lyons was a major field site for my dissertation research on bluegrass music and culture, and it intersects with my current research on post-disaster recovery. These faculty development funds allowed me to integrate both of these areas of research into a timely and dynamic project which has resulted in several professional presentations and a forthcoming book publication with Routledge.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Faculty Development Grant in 2016, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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