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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!


Ronald Wilson

Ronald Wilson

Ronald Wilson: Hip Hop

Ryan Devlin

Ryan Devlin

Ryan Devlin: Indie Roots

Sam Keator

Sam Keator

Sam Keator: Oregon and SW Washington with no limits

Promoting and hosting traditional Irish Culture through music and dance since 1997.

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Sarah Comer

Sarah Comer

Sarah Comer: Fiddle

Scot McKay

Scot McKay

Scot McKay: West Coast Swing

Sean Donovan: Gator Boy Productions

Sean Donovan: Gator Boy Productions

Sean Donovan teaches joyful, exciting dance classes for all skill levels, with a focus on the power of dance to delight and transform us. Sean also brings his creative and effective communication skills to bear as a professional DJ, producing virtual dances/music shows (including his monthly 1st & 3rd Friday “Juke Joint”), special events parties. Contact Sean about private or group lessons and DJ services at 206.860.8714 or sean@gatorboyproductions.com, and see ongoing classes and events at GatorBoyProductions.com or Gator Boy Productions on Facebook.

Learn more on his website here.

Sean Jewel

Sean Jewel

Sean Jewel:

Sherry Nevins

Sherry Nevins

Sherry Nevins: Contra dance

My addiction to live music and participatory dancing started in 1974 with old-time square dancing in Seattle (after moving from NY State). House parties led to calling for public dances and private parties. In 1979 I began scheduling bands and callers for the weekly "old-time country" dances, which soon grew to include contras. My repertoire expanded to calling family dances when our daughters were little. It is a pleasure and an honor to continue coordinating the Lake City Contra Dance (online during the pandemic!) and the contras at Folklife.

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Sidney Deering

Sidney Deering

Sidney Deering: Bulgarian/Balkan