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Meet Our Community Coordinators

Central to the values of Northwest Folklife is for communities to have voice and agency in the representation of their cultural expressions. More than 150+ Community Coordinators, including prominent artists, educators, culture bearers, and leaders throughout the region work closely with Northwest Folklife throughout the year to collaborate and co-create programs including the Northwest Folklife Festival as well as the annual Cultural Focus and Our Big Neighborhood youth and family program. These relationships are an integral part of our mission and vision. “As the lifeblood of all Northwest Folklife programs, our relationships with Community Coordinators, are the heart and soul of the organization,” says Northwest Folklife Executive Artistic Director, Kelli Faryar.

Adrian Olivas | By Christopher Nelson

“Being a Community Coordinator for Northwest Folklife means a lot to me because it gives me an opportunity to make a connection between regional Mexican folk groups and Folklife. It gives every artist involved the opportunity to meet each other and share a stage but most importantly, we get to build new relationships. I have been performing with Folklife with Bailadores de Bronce for about twenty-two years and, as a performer, it is something we always look forward to. Now, I have been able to share experiences and introduce new organizations to the Folklife family.”- from Community Coordinator, Adrian OlivasMexican Folklórico Community, Executive Director of Bailadores de Bronce, Alum Cultural Focus Member of Echoes of Aztlan and Beyond.

Northwest Folklife is curated in collaboration with Community Coordinators. Thank you to these amazing leaders!


Perci Hilo: Kirtan

Perci Hilo: Kirtan

Peter McCracken: Centrum

Peter McCracken: Centrum

Ramona Holmes: Baltic

Ramona Holmes: Baltic

Randy Pomeroy: Rhythm Tent

Randy Pomeroy: Rhythm Tent

Rebecca: Honk! Presents

Rebecca: Honk! Presents

Rex Kinney: Seattle Theatre Group

Rex Kinney: Seattle Theatre Group

Robert Rutherford: Sound Off/MoPop

Robert Rutherford: Sound Off/MoPop

Robert Sarazin Blake: Whatcom County Folk Musicians

Robert Sarazin Blake: Whatcom County Folk Musicians

Founder and Director of The Subdued Stringband Jamboree. SSJ is a 3 day music festival just outside Bellingham, WA. We feature primary bands and musicians from the NW corner of Washington State.

Learn more on their website here.

Roger del Rosario: Filipino

Roger del Rosario: Filipino